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Special Issue "Sensing Technologies for Ambient Assisted Living and Smart Homes"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensor Networks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Antoni Martínez Ballesté

Enginyeria Informàtica i Matemàtiques, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), 43003 Tarragona, Spain
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Interests: electronic health, mobile health, ambient-assisted living, security and privacy in health technology, device and data interoperability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As a result of the increase in life expectancy, the average age of the world population is steadily growing, especially in industrialized countries. In consequence, governments have to face new challenges related to the provision of quality healthcare services to a growing number of elderly people, some of them suffering from chronic illnesses, disabilities, and injuries. Moreover, improving people’s quality of life has a big impact on both the economic and social costs of healthcare services: in essence, it is not a matter of living longer, but better. Fortunately, state-of-art technology (e.g., sensors, the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile and cognitive healthcare, etc.) has paved the way for a variety of applications enabling people to independently living in their homes whilst improving their quality of life. To that end, Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), deployed using Information and Communication Technologies in smart and cognitive scenarios, focuses on the quality of life of the elderly. A rich variety of sensors and technology integrated into smart homes can be used to monitor and track people’s activities, to assist them in case of emergency, or to ease their communication with friends and relatives. Technology can be used to provide patients with rehabilitation routines that are managed by health professionals, and with telemedicine services as well. Moreover, wearables and smartphones can be used to favour outdoor activities.

The Special Issue “Sensing Technologies for Ambient Assisted Living and Smart Homes” aims to collect a comprehensive set of research advances and use cases in the field. This Special Issue includes but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Sensors and IoT for AAL and smart homes;
  • Sensors and IoT for indoor and outdoor active ageing;
  • Sensors and IoT for rehabilitation and telemedicine and telecare in smart homes;
  • Security and privacy in AAL applications;
  • Prototypes and experiments in real scenarios;
  • Social aspects of the use of AAL, considering patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

Dr. Antoni Martínez Ballesté
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Ambient-assisted living
  • Smart homes
  • Cognitive healthcare
  • Mobile health
  • Security and privacy
  • Social aspects of ambient-assisted living
  • Telemedicine and telecare

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Open AccessArticle Rethinking Family-Centred Design Approach Towards Creating Digital Products and Services
Sensors 2019, 19(5), 1232; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19051232
Received: 31 January 2019 / Revised: 3 March 2019 / Accepted: 7 March 2019 / Published: 11 March 2019
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This article provides further study of a family-centred design approach model established in previous studies, which aims to correspond to the limitations and needs of modern families using information and communication technology (ICT) solutions for common activities, communication and organisation of family time. [...] Read more.
This article provides further study of a family-centred design approach model established in previous studies, which aims to correspond to the limitations and needs of modern families using information and communication technology (ICT) solutions for common activities, communication and organisation of family time. The ambition is to systematically define and design features (functionalities) of a prototype solution that connects family members; provides proper communication; promotes active quality family time, active life, a health-friendly lifestyle and well-being; and uses various sensor- and user-based data sources through a smart city ecosystem platform. The original approach model was applied in designing the MyFamily progressive web application prototype solution as part of the EkoSmart: Active Living and Well-Being Project (RRP3) funded by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Regional Development Fund Investing in Your Future program. Extensive testing of the prototype solution used and the triangulation method used within thematic analysis for user interviews provide new insights and proposals for the change of the family-centred design approach model in the form of distinct developmental goals narrative for each generation to enhance motivation and relevance of content to different generations of users of such digital solutions. 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: Rethinking Family Centered Design Approach Towards Creating Digital Products and Services
Authors: Jure Trilar and Emilija Stojmenova
Abstract: This article provides further study of family-centered design approach model established in previous studies that aims to correspond to limitations and needs of modern families using ICT solutions for common activities, communication and organisation of family time. Ambition is to systematically define and design features (functionalities) of prototype solution that connect family members; provide proper communication; promote active quality family time, active life, a health-friendly lifestyle and well-being; and use various sensor and user-based data sources through a smart city ecosystem platform. Original approach model was applied in designing the MyFamily progressive web application prototype solution as part of the EkoSmart: Active Living and Well-Being Project (RRP3) funded by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Regional Development Fund Investing in Your Future program. Extensive testing the use of prototype solution and triangulation method used within thematic analysis of user interviews provides new insights and proposals for change of family-centered design approach model in form of distinct developmental goals narrative for each generation to enhance motivation and relevance of content to different generations of users of such digital solutions.
Key words: family centered design; interdisciplinary approach; human developmental stages; qualitative research methods; sensors; smart city; smart community; smart family

Title: Wearables Meet IoT: monitoring physiological signals from objects of everyday use
Author: Emil Jovanov
Abstract: Technological advances of sensors, wearable health monitors, mHealth monitoring, smart homes and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies create new opportunities for improving health care and quality of life. We refer to monitors integrated into a person’s environment Smart Stuff. We present an overview of the field of wearable computing and wearable health monitoring and discuss its relationship to the fields of smart environments and ambient intelligence as a part of IoT systems. Smart Stuff provides context of measurements from wearable monitors and facilitates synergy of information that generates completely new insights into the state of the user. As a result, Smart Stuff can provide support for personalized health monitoring and interventions. This paper presents several new exciting applications and results of preliminary testing.

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