Around 15 researchers from Europe and worldwide attended the workshop and contributed to the lively discussions.
The Workshop was chaired by Atta Badii the CompanionAble Consortium Coordinator and opened with a presentation by Daniel Thiemert on the focus of the CompanionAble Project RTD and its approach to integrating Companion Robots within the Smart Home Environment.
Broadly 3 themes were discussed through the presentations and discussions within this workshop as detailed in the papers and presentation that are uploaded to the Documents Section.
Theme 1: User-Centred Design of Ambient Interactive Systems:
This included shared in sights between the Life Course Perspective (Elder et al) and the User-Intimate Requirements Engineering and Evaluation Framework (UI-REF) as adopted by the CompanionAble project. This discussed the 5 principles of the LifeCourse Perspective such as the Developmental, Lived Experience, Linked Lives, Human Agency and Time & temporality and the micro and macro aspects of these as well as the way these are implicit in the UI-Framework Process.
Another presentation by Christina Buiza from Ingema focused on the integration of Video-Conferencing Services with an Avatar-mediated interface for integration with Care Support systems as may be integrated with a smart home or in any care setting as appropriate to provide socialisation and cognitive engagement support.
Theme 2: Behaviour Monitoring:
This included three contributions from CompanionAble, Confidence and an NTT Kyoto NTT Innovation Research Laboratories. The approaches here included both single and multi-sensor fusion and Video-based and wearable sensor-based monitoring including a range of Motion, Activity and Disposition monitoring capabilities to facilitate appropriate care support for the elderly.
Theme 3: Service Robotics & Smart Home Integration and Standards:
The presentation on this theme by the CompanionAble project (AIT) focused on the standards available for integration of various sub-systems within the smart home including service robotics and highlighted the fact that there are gaps in standards as the existing interfaces provided by manufacturers often address a relatively narrower interfaces than the range and variability of interfaces required for customised integration of all the range of sub-systems that may be required to be integrated for a given CompanionAble ( Robotics within the Smart Home) integration as per the challenges that have had to be met by The CompanionAble project RTDI Programme.
The agenda of the workshop was as follows:
Welcome and Goal of the Workshop
Atta Badii, Daniel Thiemert
The CompanionAble Project
Keynote "Shared Insights of the Lifecourse Perspective and Dynamic Usability-Relationship-Centred UI-REF"
Coffee & Networking
Ubiquitous Care System to Support Independent Living: Preliminary Results
Videoconference System for Alzheimer’s Patients at Home
A Concept for Detection and Tracking of People in Smart Home Environments with a Mobile Robot
Coffee & Networking
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Graceful Integration of Acceptable Assistive ICT, including Companion Robotics, within Smart Homes: Challenges and Opportunities for AAL
Call for Participation
AAL User-Centred Co-Design Experimentoria, Supporting Integrated Usability Relationships Modelling and Evaluation
AMI09 Conference Workshop, 18th November 2009, Salzburg
The CompanionAble Consortium calls for participation, and, if possible contributions, by way of short papers and presentations, particularly from the EU-funded AAL Cluster projects, for its next annual workshop series, this year co-located with the 3rd European Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AMI09) in Salzburg, Austria, 18th-21st of November 2009.
This workshop will be focused on the theme of:
"Graceful Integration of Acceptable Assistive ICT, including Companion Robotics, within Smart Homes:
Challenges and Opportunities for AAL"Motivation
The European Research in Ambient Assisted Living has become increasingly cognisant of the potential benefits of user-acceptable integration of ICT support, including service and/or companion robotics, within the smart home environments; to provide support for the elderly or disabled living at home independently.
The research in this area needs to address both extensive user involvement and technical advances in semantic and graceful integration of the assistive sub-systems as well as a coherently integrated framework for requirements prioritisation and evaluation of the most usability-sensitive features of the system. Accordingly the workshop will also include a tutorial and comparative analysis of relevant user-centred co-design usability evaluation methods (e.g. UI-REF). The Confluence of Research Themes of Interest
We are also seeking contributions which may address any of the following themes relevant to the domain of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL):
- Elicitation and formalisation of ontologies for the AAL domain
- Methodologies and inclusive design principles to develop personal and community capacity for co-design of gracefully supportive services for the AAL domain
- Integrated methodologies for establishing the prioritisation of (virtual)-user-specified requirements, usability-relationship evaluation; technology acceptance-appropriation paths
- Demonstration environments for ‘Inclusive AAL Design’, flexibility, affordability, diffusion, semantic interoperability with existing and future eCare and eHealth systems
- Identification of the variety and continuum of needs of people as they age; to remain sensitive to the dynamic patterns of each user’s needs; including those arising from situated family circumstances, idiosyncratic preferences, life course events and pathologies
- Developing dynamic systems and applied technologies for rich social interactions, including positive psychology mentoring, socio-cognitive stimulation and evaluation
- Supporting the ageing/impaired users to self-identity their deeply-valued needs
- Technology models and components for multi-modal home gateways, communications architectures, mobility support, non-intrusive monitoring, emotion recognition and falls detection and classification
- Dexterous emotionally intelligent Service-Companion Robots integrated with Smart Homes
- Mainstreaming incremental assistive appliances integration within legacy homes
- Rehabilitative support services orchestration for autonomous living for the neuro-motor- impaired users, augmented appliances/furniture empowered by service-and/or-companion robot teams
- Vertical and horizontal training of care-recipients, care-givers and other e-care workers
- Business models for scalable provision of ICT-enabled AAL support
- Evaluation and Certification Practice Models for efficient usability evaluation and safety-assurance of personalised ICT-enabled support for AAL user’s priority needs
Accordingly, we invite all researchers involved in work on the innovation challenges relating to Ambient Assisted Living or Cognitive Robotics and generally those focused on research and innovation in Ambient Intelligence Technologies to participate in this workshop to exchange insights on various aspects of User-Centred Co-Design and Dynamic Adaptation of systems for users; for example:
Participation Process and Timeline
- Establishing generalisation ontologies to represent the semantics relating to prototypical AAL applications and the whole evolving spectrum of situated classes of intimate assistive systems represented as usage-context sets; including periodic audit of ethical compliance management, and, user-triggered ontologies revision for different situations of use
- Semantic-cooperative modelling of interacting agents that constitute the implicated group of stakeholders; including semantic workflow, interaction-scenario modelling and dialogue management
- ICT-augmented multi-modal environments for user/proxies engagement through visualisation, dynamic-interactive simulation (possibly supported by a computer-aided virtual environment), and, role play; including biofeedback for prototype validation; integrated with Living Labs, EAR set-ups etc.
- Conflict resolution and consensual prioritisation of stakeholder’s needs; to personalise the “intimate systems” to particular user-classes and individual user personas
- Online self-report or other bio-feedback (e.g. augmented through intelligent clothing, emotion recognition) to capture and integrate dynamic usability relationship evaluation data intelligence
- Mining the usability relationship data intelligence to discover emerging user’s needs and priorities to inform user model updates and dynamic personalisation
- Sensing technology, multimodal interaction design, user acceptance trajectories for users with special needs
Those wishing to contribute to the workshop as either presenters or discussants can contact the Workshop Programme Chairs as listed below to indicate their intention to participate and/or send a position paper including an outline of the issues that they wish to discuss and clarify whether they intend to make a presentation, lead a break-out group or act as a Panellist or Discussant.
The Deadline are as follows:
- Submission of position papers:
18th September 2009 Deadline extended to 28th of September
- Notification of Authors: 30th September 2009
- Submission of Camera-Ready Papers: 19th of October 2009
Papers should not exceed 8 pages in the LNCS format and are subjected to a reviewing process.
Registration can be made via http://www.ami-09.org/registration/
Workshop Programme Co-Chairs:
Atta Badii (University of Reading, UK,
Carmen Pastor (TECNALIA-Robotiker, Spain,
Daniel Thiemert (University of Reading, UK,
Workshop Programme Committee members:
Igone Etxeberria (Ingema, Spain), Claire Huijnen (Smart Homes Netherlands), Sandra Dittenberger (CURE, Austria), Ana Maseda (University of A Coruna, Spain), Anne-Sophie Rigaud (Broca Hospital, France), Andreas Hochgatterer (ARC, Austria), Jerome Boudy (Institute Telecom, France), Horst-Michael Gross (Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany), Gerard Chollet (Institut Telecom, France)