Journal of Reliable Intelligent Environments

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 139–157 | Cite as

Reliability and human factors in Ambient Assisted Living environments

The DOREMI case study
  • Filippo Palumbo
  • Davide La Rosa
  • Erina Ferro
  • Davide Bacciu
  • Claudio Gallicchio
  • Alessio Micheli
  • Stefano Chessa
  • Federico Vozzi
  • Oberdan Parodi
Original Article


Malnutrition, sedentariness, and cognitive decline in elderly people represent the target areas addressed by the DOREMI project. It aimed at developing a systemic solution for elderly, able to prolong their functional and cognitive capacity by empowering, stimulating, and unobtrusively monitoring the daily activities according to well-defined “Active Ageing” life-style protocols. Besides the key features of DOREMI in terms of technological and medical protocol solutions, this work is focused on the analysis of the impact of such a solution on the daily life of users and how the users’ behaviour modifies the expected results of the system in a long-term perspective. To this end, we analyse the reliability of the whole system in terms of human factors and their effects on the reliability requirements identified before starting the experimentation in the pilot sites. After giving an overview of the technological solutions we adopted in the project, this paper concentrates on the activities conducted during the two pilot site studies (32 test sites across UK and Italy), the users’ experience of the entire system, and how human factors influenced its overall reliability.


Ambient Assisted Living Human factors Reliability Intelligent Environments 



Work co-funded by the European Commission in the framework of the FP7 DOREMI project (Grant Agreement No. 611650). The authors wish to thank all the other partners of the DOREMI consortium: Accord Housing Association Limited (UK); AGE Platform Europe (Belgium); Austrian Institute of Technology (Austria); De Montfort University (UK); Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain); IMAGINARY (Italy); MYSPHERA (Spain); SI4LIFE (Italy); The ExtraCare Charitable Trust (UK).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Information Science and Technologies Institute, ISTI-CNRPisaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of PisaPisaItaly
  3. 3.Institute of Clinical Physiology, IFC-CNRPisaItaly

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