Designing a Map-Based Application and a Conversational Agent for Addressing Memory Problems

  • Akihito YoshiiEmail author
  • Helena Malmivirta
  • Mika Luimula
  • Paula Pitkäkangas
  • Tatsuo Nakajima
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 528)


Computer based recreational activities can be solution for aging. We are addressing memory related problems using a computer. We propose “Old Photos on Map” application (Vanhat Kuvat). The aim of Vanhat Kuvat is to activate one’s memory by using old photos and an assistant agent to wake up the past memories and experiences of childhood surroundings and architecture as well as personal hidden stories. We describe design issues related to user interfaces and interactions.


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The authors would like to thank everyone who have participated the development work, and all the test subjects who participated experiments. In addition, we would especially like to thank Ahtosalo, H., Gornicki, M., and Heinonen, T. who were conducting the survey, and Lahti, I., Gratschev, T. and Haanpää, M. who have participated software development. This work was carried out within project supported by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes), City of Turku and various companies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Akihito Yoshii
    • 1
    Email author
  • Helena Malmivirta
    • 2
  • Mika Luimula
    • 2
  • Paula Pitkäkangas
    • 2
  • Tatsuo Nakajima
    • 1
  1. 1.Waseda UniversityShinjukuJapan
  2. 2.Turku University of Applied SciencesTurkuFinland

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