Towards Context-Aware and User-Centered Analysis in Assistive Environments:

A Methodology and a Software Tool


One of the main challenges on Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) is to reach an appropriate acceptance level of the assistive systems, as well as to analyze and monitor end user tasks in a feasible and efficient way. The development and evaluation of AAL solutions based on user-centered perspective help to achive these goals. In this work, we have designed a methodology to integrate and develop analytics user-centered tools into assistive systems. An analysis software tool gathers information of end users from adapted psychological questionnaires and naturalistic observation of their own context. The aim is to enable an in-deep analysis focused on improving the life quality of elderly people and their caregivers.

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This work was conducted in the context of the EU AAL PIA project (AAL-2012-4-033). The authors gratefully acknowledge the contributions from all members of the PIA consortium. Also, we appreciate the support of UBIHEALTH project under International Research Staff Exchange Schema (MC-IRSES 316337).

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Fontecha, J., Hervás, R., Mondéjar, T. et al. Towards Context-Aware and User-Centered Analysis in Assistive Environments:. J Med Syst 39, 120 (2015).

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  • Ambient intelligence
  • Ambient assisted living
  • Methodology
  • User-centered analysis
  • Context-awareness
  • Psychological assessment