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Using MDE to Develop Suitable User Interfaces for Older Adults: A Case Study

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SINFOCI Research Group, Universidad del Quindío, 630004 Armenia, Colombia
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Computer Science Department, Universidad de Chile, 8370456 Santiago, Chile
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MAmI Research Lab., Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, 13071 Ciudad Real, Spain
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Presented at the 12th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence (UCAmI 2018), Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, 4–7 December 2018.
Proceedings 2018, 2(19), 1201; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2191201
Published: 18 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of UCAmI 2018)
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Abstract

Software applications have been identified as potentially suitable tools to assist older adults in several aspects of their lives, like healthcare, emotional support and personal security. However, developing usable and useful applications for this population represents an important challenge, given that no systematic solutions have been proposed to support such a process. This article hypothesizes that a model-driven engineering (MDE) approach can help generate suitable user interfaces for elderly people, making the development process repeatable and allowing the systematic reuse of design knowledge about products for these end-users. To determine the validity of such hypothesis, the article presents the results of a case study where a healthcare supporting system for older adults, developed by using an MDE approach, was evaluated in four older adult care centers. The results obtained were highly positive, showing MDE as a possible path to address systematically the development of these applications.
Keywords: healthcare mobile application; elderly people; MDE-based development approach; mobile user interface healthcare mobile application; elderly people; MDE-based development approach; mobile user interface
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Olarte, Y.P.; Giraldo, F.D.; Giraldo, W.J.; Ochoa, S.F.; Hervás, R. Using MDE to Develop Suitable User Interfaces for Older Adults: A Case Study. Proceedings 2018, 2, 1201.

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