Special Issue "Sensor Technologies for Caring People with Disabilities"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2019) | Viewed by 32961
Interests: information systems, human factors in computing; project management in information-systems development; global and distributed software-engineering; systems, services, and software process improvement and innovation; management information systems; business software; innovation in IT
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According to the World Health Organization, over a billion people, about 15% of the world's population, have some form of disability. Furthermore, rapid growth of the aging population is causing an increase in chronic health conditions, and therefore a rise in the population rates of disability. Additionally, people with disabilities have less access to health care services and are more prone to experience unmet health care needs.
In this sense, recent advances in sensor research and innovation have boosted the prospects of the use of these technologies for assisting people with disabilities. Sensors are used for many different purposes in regards to disabled people. Monitoring and alarm systems, for example, can ameliorate the adverse effects of unpredictable events, such as sudden illness, falls, or wandering. Pressure sensors have been employed in robotics for the treatment of children with autism. IMUs and laser systems have been used in building a virtual cane for the blind. In sort, the use of sensors can improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, as well as promoting their independence.
Taking the above into account, research in sensor technologies for the disabled is an open field which needs attention from the research community. Thus, the aim of this Special Issue is to present recent developments on sensor technologies for caring people with disabilities, focusing on the different configurations that can be used and novel applications in the field. Additionally, unlike other sensor areas, there are some aspects not strictly related with the technology that could be envisaged such as: User acceptance, privacy, safety, standardization or the required qualification for the use of the sensor technologies.
This Special Issue invites contributions on the following topics (but is not limited to them):
- Sensors in health monitoring
- Sensors in rehabilitation
- Indoor navigation aid
- Real time tracking of disabled people
- Assisted living
- Home Medical Assistance
- Privacy, safety or standardization issues
Prof. Dr. Francisco José García-Peñalvo
Dr. Manuel Franco-Martín
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- Disabled people
- Assisted living
- Assisting systems
- Health monitoring
- Wearable technologies
- Indoor positioning
- Human activity recognition
- Vital sign monitoring
- Personalized medicine