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Internet of Things for Human-Centered Design

Application to Elderly Healthcare

  • Presents the state of the art of the Internet of Things applied to Human-Centered Design

  • Provides an overview of the most recent applications for enhanced healthcare and wellbeing

  • Useful for designers, engineers, and practitioners in healthcare connected academia researchers

Part of the book series: Studies in Computational Intelligence (SCI, volume 1011)

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Aspects of Human-Centered Design in Older Adults

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Inclusive Innovation Through Design for Services: A Service Ergonomics Perspective

      • Daniele Busciantella-Ricci, Carlos Aceves-Gonzalez, Sofia Scataglini
      Pages 3-24
    3. Aging and Interaction: Designing for Active Living Experiences

      • Alessandro Pollini, Gian Andrea Giacobone, Michele Zannoni
      Pages 39-61
    4. Digital Human Modelling: Inclusive Design and the Ageing Population

      • Russell Marshall, Erik Brolin, Steve Summerskill, Dan Högberg
      Pages 73-96
  3. IoT-Enabled Biomonitoring Solutions for Elderly Health, Care and Well-Being

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 97-97
    2. IoT-Powered Monitoring Systems for Geriatric Healthcare: Overview

      • Alexey Petrushin, Marco Freddolini, Giacinto Barresi, Matteo Bustreo, Matteo Laffranchi, Alessio Del Bue et al.
      Pages 99-122
    3. Neuro-Gerontechnologies: Applications and Opportunities

      • Giacinto Barresi, Jacopo Zenzeri, Jacopo Tessadori, Matteo Laffranchi, Marianna Semprini, Lorenzo De Michieli
      Pages 123-153
    4. Attention-Aware Recognition of Activities of Daily Living Based on Eye Gaze Tracking

      • B. G. D. A. Madhusanka, Sureswaran Ramadass, Premkumar Rajagopal, H. M. K. K. M. B. Herath
      Pages 155-179
    5. Internet of Things and Cloud Activity Monitoring Systems for Elderly Healthcare

      • Joseph Bamidele Awotunde, Oluwafisayo Babatope Ayoade, Gbemisola Janet Ajamu, Muyideen AbdulRaheem, Idowu Dauda Oladipo
      Pages 181-207
    6. IoT Based Fall Detection System for Elderly Healthcare

      • Ahsen Tahir, William Taylor, Ahmad Taha, Muhammad Usman, Syed Aziz Shah, Muhammad Ali Imran et al.
      Pages 209-232
  4. IoT-Enabled Smart Elderly Living Environment and Their Autonomy for Ageing Well

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 261-261
    2. An Experience of Co-Design with Elderly People in the HABITAT Project: Improving Older Users’ Lifestyle with Assistive Home Systems

      • Giuseppe Mincolelli, Gian Andrea Giacobone, Michele Marchi, Filippo Petrocchi, Silvia Imbesi
      Pages 263-275
    3. Innovative Street Furniture Supporting Electric Micro-mobility for Active Aging

      • Theo Zaffagnini, Gabriele Lelli, Ilaria Fabbri, Marco Negri
      Pages 313-327
  5. IoT-Enabled Assistance and Engagement

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 329-329

About this book

The book presents the state of the art of the Internet of Things (IoT), applied to Human-Centered Design (HCD) projects addressed to ageing users, from the perspective of health, care and well-being. The current focus on the ageing population is opening up new opportunities for the development of niche solutions aimed at the niche category of older users who are beginning to experience physical and cognitive decline but are still independent and need to maintain their autonomy for as long as possible. The combination between the needs expressed by older users and the opportunities offered by the recent innovative technologies related to the Internet of Things allows research institutions, stakeholders, and academia to target and design new solutions for older users, safeguarding their well-being, health, and care, improving their quality of life.

This book discusses and analyses the most recent services, products, systems and environments specifically conceived for older users, in order to enhance health, care, well-being and improve their quality of life. This approach is coherent with the percept of AAL or enhanced living environment, looking to the users’ comfort, autonomy, engagement and healthcare. The book describes and analyses aspects of HCD with older users looking to the emerging technologies, products, services, and environments analysed in their actual application in different areas, always concerning the design for the elderly related to the IoT, just as the development of biomonitoring devices, tools for activity recognition and simulation, creation of smart living environments, solutions for their autonomy, assistance and engagement enhancing health, care and wellbeing. The book is intended for researchers, designers, engineers, and practitioners in healthcare to connect academia, stakeholders, and research institutions to foster education, research and innovation.


  • Activity Monitoring Devices and Systems
  • Autonomous Activity Recognition
  • Pervasive Technologies Based on Internet of Things
  • mHealth and/or eHealth Solutions for Ageing
  • Smart Clothing, Smart Materials for Ageing
  • Telemedicine and e-Health
  • Monitoring Human-Environment Interaction
  • Smart Objects, Service, System for Elderly
  • Virtual Reality
  • Virtual Assistance, Care and Coaching
  • Biomonitoring and Activity Recognition
  • BCI Interfaces
  • Ubiquitous Input Devices
  • Immersive Gamification

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

    Sofia Scataglini

  • Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

    Silvia Imbesi

  • Polytechnic of Coimbra, ESTGOH, Rua General Santos Costa, Oliveira do Hospital, Portugal

    Gonçalo Marques

About the editors

Sofia Scataglini is a Biomedical Engineer and Visiting Professor at Antwerp University (UA). She holds a Joint PhD in Applied Science between Politecnico di Milano and Belgian Royal Military Academy (RMA). Since 2014, she has been working as a Researcher at RMA and since 2018 at the Belgian Military Hospital Queen Astrid. Sofia Scataglini is a co-chair the Technical Committee (TC) on Digital Human Modeling and Simulation at International Ergonomics Association (IEA). She is also the founder of the Digital Human Modeling by Women group (DHMW), which is dedicated to promoting women  researchers around the world. In doing so, she organizes congresses related to Applied Human Factor and  Ergonomics, IEA and Digital Human Modelling. She is also an active editor and reviewer of books, journals and  scientific grants focusing on sensors, health and care, modelling and simulation, standardization, ergonomics and design.

Silvia Imbesi has a master's degree in Architecture and a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design. She is now completing a Ph.D. program in inclusive design within the International Doctorate in Architecture and Urban Planning program (IDAUP) at the Department of Architecture of the University of Ferrara, presenting research on inclusive design for smart devices addressed to older users. Since 2009, Silvia Imbesi has worked as a freelance architect and designer, collaborating with other professionals, companies, industries, and institutions for the development of projects and design research. Starting from 2012, she collaborated with the University of Ferrara as a contract professor and participated in several kinds of research, as a research fellow, regarding user-centered methodologies, inclusive devices related to the IoT, innovative teaching methods, etc.

Gonçalo Marques  holds a PhD in Computer Science Engineering and is member of the Portuguese Engineering Association (Ordem dos Engenheiros). He is currently working as Assistant Professor lecturing courses on programming, multimedia and database systems. Furthermore, he worked as a Software Engineer in the Innovation and Development unit of Groupe PSA automotive industry from 2016 to 2017 and in the IBM group from 2018 to 2019. His current research interests include Internet of Things, Enhanced Living Environments, machine learning, e-health, telemedicine, medical and healthcare systems, indoor air quality monitoring and assessment, and wireless sensor networks. He has more than 80 publications in international journals and conferences, is a frequent reviewer of journals and international conferences and is also involved in several edited books projects.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Internet of Things for Human-Centered Design

  • Book Subtitle: Application to Elderly Healthcare

  • Editors: Sofia Scataglini, Silvia Imbesi, Gonçalo Marques

  • Series Title: Studies in Computational Intelligence

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Engineering, Engineering (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-16-8487-6Published: 26 February 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-16-8490-6Published: 27 February 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-16-8488-3Published: 25 February 2022

  • Series ISSN: 1860-949X

  • Series E-ISSN: 1860-9503

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 404

  • Number of Illustrations: 13 b/w illustrations, 82 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Communications Engineering, Networks, Computer and Information Systems Applications, Health Care

Buying options

eBook USD 149.00
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  • ISBN: 978-981-16-8488-3
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Softcover Book USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 199.99
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