Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 10th International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA)"

A special issue of Technologies (ISSN 2227-7080). This special issue belongs to the section "Assistive Technologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2017)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Fillia Makedon

Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, TX, USA
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Interests: design automation; graph theory applications; VLSI algorithms; circuit testing; parallel computation and packet routing; algorithm visualization and computational multimedia; cybersecurity systems for medical applications
Guest Editor
Dr. Vassilis Athitsos

Computer Science and Engineering Department, University of Texas at Arlington, MA, USA
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Interests: computer vision; machine learning; data mining
Co-Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Mario Munoz-Organero

Telematics Engineering Department, University Carlos III de Madrid, Av. Universidad, 30, 28911 Leganes, Madrid, Spain
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Interests: wearable technologies for health and wellbeing applications; mobile and pervasive computing for assistive living; Internet of Things and assistive technologies; machine learning algorithms for physiological; inertial and location sensors; personal assistants and coaching for health self-management; activity detection and prediction methods

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Please visit this site: http://petrae.org/, for a detailed description of this Special Issue. The Special Issue will mainly consist of selected papers presented at the 10th International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA).

Prof. Dr. Fillia Makedon
Dr. Vassilis Athitsos
Prof. Dr. Mario Munoz-Organero
Guest Editors

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Open AccessArticle User Evaluation of the MOBOT Rollator Type Robotic Mobility Assistive Device
Technologies 2017, 5(4), 73; doi:10.3390/technologies5040073 (registering DOI)
Received: 26 September 2017 / Revised: 8 November 2017 / Accepted: 15 November 2017 / Published: 18 November 2017
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In this paper, we report on the evaluation strategy and the results that were obtained from the final end-user evaluation process of an innovative robotic assistive device supporting mobility. More specifically, the paper deals with the evaluation of the MOBOT robotic rollator as
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In this paper, we report on the evaluation strategy and the results that were obtained from the final end-user evaluation process of an innovative robotic assistive device supporting mobility. More specifically, the paper deals with the evaluation of the MOBOT robotic rollator as regards to the system’s overall performance and its individual assistive characteristics and functionalities, as implemented in respect to (i) the provided cognitive assistance, and (ii) the adopted audio-gestural human-robot communication model. User evaluation was designed on the basis of an extensive survey of scales and methodologies widely reported in the relevant literature. The actual evaluation phase exploited the QUEST 2.0, ATDPA-Device Form, and PYTHEIA scales to measure the subjective satisfaction of the users. The PYTHEIA scale, in particular, was structured in order to fill the gaps that were identified during the study of previously existing tools for measuring assistive device user satisfaction. The scale was applied for the first time during the reported evaluation process. An analysis of the results showed that MOBOT was ranked very high by end users in all of the aspects addressed by the three employed assessment scales, thus providing significant evidence for positive acceptance of any industrialized outcome of the current prototype in the assistive robots market. Full article

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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Designing Smart Home Interfaces: Traditional vs Virtual Prototyping
Authors: M. Mengoni and S. Ceccacci
Affiliation: Università Politecnica delle Marche, Department DIISM, Via Brecce Bianche, Ancona (Italy)
Abstract: This paper presents a structured User Centered Design (UCD) method to design and develop a highly usable smart home platform to manage the energy consumption of connected appliances. It exploits advanced Tangible Augmented Reality (TAR) technologies to virtually prototype the conceived design solutions and carry out usability testing with sample users. Usability tests are carried out both on traditional high fidelity prototypes and on an innovative Tangible Augmented Reality prototype. Experimental results prove the efficiency of the UCD approach supported by virtual prototypes, instead of traditional ones, the reliability of TAR prototypes to detect usability problems and assess user satisfaction, and its high interaction quality. Advantages obtainable by implementing the proposed structured UCD approach for web interface design, in the context of smart home, are discussed.

Title: Improving Interdisciplinary Communication - Use Case Focused User Interaction Diagram 2.0
Authors: D. E. Ströckl, D. Krainer, J. Oberzaucher
Affiliation: Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Klagenfurt (Austria)
Abstract: This papers issue is to present the results of the further research according a communication improvement method within projects with interdisciplinary disposition. Regarding the AAL pilot-region project Smart VitAALity, this tool should provide a language to understand the behavior of the projects main component - a tablet computer application with functionalities to encourage elderlies to work with state of the art technologies. Beside various sciences (computer science, economics, health management, ...) are business partners and NOG involved and all these project partners speak according to their profession a different language. The UC focused UI diagram should provide a non-technical translation for every stakeholder independently to their pre-knowledge to enhance the development process and capture various aspects, ideas and suggestions for improvements and, furthermore, it should represent the interaction needs of elderlies.

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