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Flexibility Support for Homecare Applications Based on Models and Multi-Agent Technology

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Automatic Control & Systems Engineering Department, ETSI Bilbao, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 48013 Bilbao, Spain
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Electronic and Automation Engineering Department, University of Jaen (UJA), 23071 Jaén, Spain
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Academic Editor: Vittorio M. N. Passaro
Sensors 2015, 15(12), 31939-31964; https://doi.org/10.3390/s151229899
Received: 10 November 2015 / Revised: 11 December 2015 / Accepted: 13 December 2015 / Published: 17 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
In developed countries, public health systems are under pressure due to the increasing percentage of population over 65. In this context, homecare based on ambient intelligence technology seems to be a suitable solution to allow elderly people to continue to enjoy the comforts of home and help optimize medical resources. Thus, current technological developments make it possible to build complex homecare applications that demand, among others, flexibility mechanisms for being able to evolve as context does (adaptability), as well as avoiding service disruptions in the case of node failure (availability). The solution proposed in this paper copes with these flexibility requirements through the whole life-cycle of the target applications: from design phase to runtime. The proposed domain modeling approach allows medical staff to design customized applications, taking into account the adaptability needs. It also guides software developers during system implementation. The application execution is managed by a multi-agent based middleware, making it possible to meet adaptation requirements, assuring at the same time the availability of the system even for stateful applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: AAL systems; homecare; adaptability; availability; stateful components; domain modeling; multi-agent systems AAL systems; homecare; adaptability; availability; stateful components; domain modeling; multi-agent systems
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Armentia, A.; Gangoiti, U.; Priego, R.; Estévez, E.; Marcos, M. Flexibility Support for Homecare Applications Based on Models and Multi-Agent Technology. Sensors 2015, 15, 31939-31964.

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