Table of contents

  1. Anne-mie Anna-Maria Georgina Sponselee
  2. Hannah R. Marston
  3. Joost van Hoof, Wim Zeiler, Rob van Bergen
  4. Sook-Ling Chua, Stephen Marsland, Hans W. Guesgen
  5. Eric Franck, Joram Nauta, Robin de Haan
  6. Sebastiaan T. M. Peek, Sil Aarts, Eveline J. M. Wouters
  7. Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen, Marijke Span
  8. Erik Zwierenberg, Evelyn Finnema, Ate Dijkstra, Robbert Sanderman
  9. Dov Sugarman
  10. Janienke Sturm
  11. Eveline J. M. Wouters, Thea C. M. Weijers, Marianne E. Nieboer
  12. William R. Hazlewood, Kay Connelly, Kelly E. Caine, Zachary Schall-Zimmerman, Greg Blanton
  13. Marianthi Theoharidou, Nikolaos Tsalis, Dimitris Gritzalis
  14. William D. Kearns, James L. Fozard
  15. N. Nijhof, J. van Hoof, M. M. Blom, J. E. W. C. van Gemert-Pijnen
  16. Masi M. Mohammadi, Coosje J. H. W. Hammink
  17. Eveline J. M. Wouters, Thea C. M. Weijers, Tracy L. Finch
  18. Jeedella S. Y. Jeedella, Mahmoud Al-Qutayri
  19. Martina Ziefle, Anne Kathrin Schaar
  20. P. C. Sze, K. Y. Au-Yeung
  21. Franka Meiland, Johan van der Leeuw, Irek Karkowski, Rose-Marie Dröes
  22. Marjorie Skubic, Marilyn J. Rantz
  23. Shomir Chaudhuri, George Demiris, Hilaire Thompson
  24. Yvonne Schikhof, Marleen Goumans

About this book


Smart homes, home automation and ambient-assisted living are terms used to describe technological systems that enrich our living environment and provide means to support care, facilitate well-being and improve comfort. This handbook provides an overview of the domain from the perspective of health care and technology.  In Part 1, we set out to describe the demographic changes in society, including ageing, and diseases and impairments which lead to the needs for technological solutions. In Part 2, we describe the technological solutions, ranging from sensor-based networks, components, to communication protocols that are used in the design of smart homes. We also deal will biomedical features which can be measured, and services that can be delivered to end-users as well as the use of social robots.  In Part 3, we present best practices in the field. These best practices mainly focus on existing projects in Europe, the USA and Asia, in which people receive help through dedicated technological solutions being part of the continuum of the home environment and care. In Part 4, we describe the preconditions to successful ambient-assisted living, including policies, the roles of professionals and organisational needs, design aspects and human factors, the needs of users, laws, business cases, and education.

Editors and affiliations

  • Joost van Hoof
    • 1
  • George Demiris
    • 2
  • Eveline J.M. Wouters
    • 3
  1. 1.Fontys University of Applied SciencesEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.School of MedicineUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Fontys University of Applied SciencesEindhovenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-01904-8