Special Issue "From Sensors to Ambient Intelligence for Health and Social Care"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2018
Prof. Ciprian Dobre
The increase in medical expenses due to societal issues like demographic ageing puts strong pressure on the sustainability of health and social care systems, on labour participation, and on quality of life for older people or for persons with disabilities. The Special Issue targets dissemination of solutions targeting the science and technology integrating sensors and biosensors with processing and actuating capabilities, leading to the creation of ambient intelligence, in which data is used for the benefit of the older person, allowing her to live safely, comfortably, and healthily at home. It aims to promote the dissemination of solutions for provision of AAL/IoT/sensor-based infrastructures and services for independent or more autonomous living, via the seamless integration of info-communication technologies within homes and residences. Such solutions aim, fundamentally, to increase quality of life and autonomy for older adults and persons with disabilities, or support an Active Aging lifestyle, maintaining one’s home (the preferable living environment) for as long as possible, thereby not causing disruption in the web of social and family interactions.
The particular feature of this direction is that the sensory-data has to be analysed in relation to models coming from not only Ambient-Assisted Living, but from social sciences, psychology, or medical disciplines. Most efforts towards the realization of ambient-assisted living systems are based on developing pervasive platforms that integrate sensory readings and use Ambient Intelligence to construct a safe environment. The missing interaction of multiple stakeholders that need to collaborate for the provision of environments supporting a multitude of care services (actuators), as well as barriers to innovation in the markets concerned, the government, and the health and care sector, are innovations that have not yet taken place on a relevant scale.
Many fundamental issues remain open. Most of the current efforts still do not fully express the power of human beings, and the importance of the integration of sensor data with a model that is capable of accurately describing the power of social connections and societal activities. Additionally, effective solutions require appropriate ICT algorithms, Internet of Things, and Smart Objects architectures and platforms, having in view the advance of science in this area and the development of new and innovative connected solutions (particularly in the area of pervasive and mobile systems). The Special Issue provides, in this sense, a platform for the dissemination of research efforts and the presentation of advances that explicitly aim to address these challenges.
Prof. Ciprian Dobre
Prof. Susanna Spinsante
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- Biomedical and environmental home monitoring
- Ambient Intelligence
- Health and Social Care
- Internet of Things and Smart Objects for Ambient-Assisted Living