Smart Homes are being explored around the world as a way to support telehealth and telecare services at home [CookAJC2009]. This proposal focuses on the provision of increased safety by mean of the intelligent recognition of a situation where the occupant of a smart home may need help.
A state of the art Smart Home requires explicit interaction for the occupant to obtain a benefit. This project will explore a technological solution that involves different ways to gather information from the context gathered through multimodal interfaces [AghajanLA2009] to detect that a person may need help. Typical situations will be that the person has fallen. There are many incidents each year of elderly people that break their heaps as a result of falling at home and this have a severely negative impact on their lives. Another situation can be that a person is not feeling well or is feeling pain or other distressing situations that can be detected by the way they behave, their face gestures, the sounds they produce or the words the utter.
Our project will address the detection of these situations and the deliverables will consist of algorithms that have successfully identified specific situations of distress.
This will build up on previous related research [AghajanACMW2007] and provide fundamental advances in the state of the art.
[CookAJ2009] Ambient Intelligence: applications in society and opportunities for AI. Diane J. Cook, Juan C. Augusto, and Vikramaditya R. Jakkula Pervasive and Mobile Computing. 5:277- 298. Elsevier. 2009.
[AghajanLA2009] Human-Centric Interfaces for Ambient Intelligence, H. Aghajan, R. Lopez- Cozar Delgado, and J.C. Augusto (Eds). Academic Press - Elsevier. 2009.
[AghajanACMW2007] Distributed Vision-based Accident Management for Assisted Living, by Hamid Aghajan, Juan Carlos Augusto, Chen Wu, Paul McCullagh, Julie-Ann Walkden. In "Pervasive Computing for Quality of Life Enhancement", Proceedings of the 5th International Conference On Smart Homes and Health Telematics, ICOST 2007, Nara, Japan, June 21-23, 2007, Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science , Vol. 4541 Okadome, Takeshi; Yamazaki, Tatsuya; Mokhtari, Mounir (Eds.)
First Supervisor: Augusto, JC Dr
Second Supervisor: McCullagh, PJ Dr
Collaboration: This project does not involve collaboration with another establishment