Challenges of user-centred research in the development of ambient assisted living systems

Ryan Woolrych, Andrew Sixsmith

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    Abstract

    The SOPRANO (Service-oriented programmable smart environments for Older Europeans) project was an EU-funded project to develop an ambient assisted living (AAL) system to enhance the lives of frail and disabled older people. A major aim of the project was to shift away from 'technology-push' and 'problem-focused' approaches to user-driven approaches and map out an AAL system that will provide practical benefits for users in their everyday lives. The SOPRANO project involved users at all stages in the iterative development of an AAL system. This paper presents the main findings from the study, reflects on the key challenges in adopting a user-centred approach, and identifies some of the barriers to the widespread implementation of AAL systems within the spectrum of care for older people.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationImpact Analysis of Solutions for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
    Subtitle of host publication10th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics, ICOST 2012, Artiminio, Italy, June 12-15, 2012. Proceedings
    EditorsMark Donnelly, Cristiano Paggetti, Chris Nugent, Mounir Mokhtari
    Pages1-8
    Number of pages8
    Volume7251
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-30779-9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event10th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics - Artimino, Italy
    Duration: 12 Jun 201215 Jun 2012

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    Volume7251
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

    Conference

    Conference10th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics
    Abbreviated titleICOST 2012
    Country/TerritoryItaly
    CityArtimino
    Period12/06/1215/06/12

    Keywords

    • Assistive technology
    • markets
    • older people
    • user-centred research

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science(all)
    • Theoretical Computer Science

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