Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp 469–471 | Cite as

Pervasive technologies for assistive environments: special issue of PETRA 2008 conference

  • Ilias MaglogiannisEmail author
  • Fillia Makedon
  • Grammati Pantziou
  • Lynne Baillie

As the diffusion of computing technology into everyday life continues at an exponential rate, the technology is becoming increasingly embedded in artefacts and environments. One important environment for this diffusion is the domestic environment or “Oikos” as it was known in ancient Greece. People’s living environment is particularly important when one takes into account the world’s ageing population and that as people grow older, they will increasingly rely on technology. People will, however, have differing levels of computer knowledge and assisted living needs. In addition, awareness towards the elderly and the need of constant medical supervision for chronic patients or habitants of remote, isolated and underserved locations has risen recently. To this end, services once available at a few centralized locations, such as high quality medical services, are now intended to be made available through a network anytime, anyplace and to anyone [1]. In such an environment, provision of...


Gesture Recognition American Sign Language Ambient Assist Live Assistive Environment Pervasive Technology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ilias Maglogiannis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fillia Makedon
    • 2
  • Grammati Pantziou
    • 3
  • Lynne Baillie
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and Biomedical InformaticsUniversity of Central GreeceLamiaGreece
  2. 2.Heracleia Computing LabUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of InformaticsTEI of AthensAthensGreece
  4. 4.Telecommunications Research Center Vienna (FTW)ViennaAustria

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