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Title: Assistive technologies for the new generation of senior citizens: the SHARE-it approach

Authors: U. Cortes, C. Barrue, A.B. Martinez, C. Urdiales, F. Campana, R. Annicchiarico, C. Caltagirone

Addresses: Technical University of Catalonia, Jordi Girona 1-3, Barcelona, 08031, Spain. ' Technical University of Catalonia, Jordi Girona 1-3, Barcelona, 08031, Spain. ' Technical University of Catalonia, Jordi Girona 1-3, Barcelona, 08031, Spain. ' University of Malaga, Campus de Teatinos, Malaga, 29071, Spain. ' Azienda Unita Sanitaria Locale Roma B Centro Assistenza Domiciliare (CAD RMB), Via della tenuta di Torrenova, 138, Rome, 00133, Italy. ' Fondazione Santa Lucia, Instituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico, Via Ardeatina 306, Roma, 00179, Italy. ' Fondazione Santa Lucia, Instituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico, Via Ardeatina 306, Roma, 00179, Italy

Abstract: In this paper, we present the SHARE-it approach to the integration of agent technology with other existing technologies to build specific intelligent and semi-autonomous assistive devices for older persons and people with disabilities (both cognitive and/or motor). In particular, we explored the benefits of the concept of situated intelligence to build mobility platforms and other artefacts that enhance the autonomy of the target user group in their daily life so that they can be self-dependent enough to autonomously live in their preferred environment.

Keywords: assistive technologies; intelligent agents; senior citizens; elderly people; older persons; disabled people; disabilities; intelligent assistive devices; semi-autonomous assistive devices; healthcare technology; agent-based systems; multi-agent systems; MAS.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCIH.2010.034130

International Journal of Computers in Healthcare, 2010 Vol.1 No.1, pp.35 - 65

Published online: 15 Jul 2010 *

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