Advanced Technologies for Smarter Assisted Living solutions: Towards an open Smart Home infrastructure (SmarterAAL)

The workshop will be focused on sensor technology and integration, context inferences, and interaction, to service infrastructures, and considering key principles of social impact, security and privacy towards an open SH technology infrastructure.

This workshop is organized as a part of the IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communication (PerCom) 2018 held in Athens, Greece, on March 19-23, 2018.

The main themes of the workshop will be, but not limited to:

  • Sensing and Monitoring Technologies
  • Context Interference and Behaviour Analysis
  • Personalisation and Adaptive Interaction
  • Open Smart Home and Service Infrastructure

The challenge to the rapid development and deployment of SH solutions essentially arises from the technology complexity and application diversity of the SH field. SH is a highly multidisciplinary research field involving a number of disciplinary areas and topics. To be successful any SH solution requires seamless technology integration and inputs from multiple subject areas. Researchers working in different technological disciplines usually have little understanding and appreciation of each other’s research issues. There is little consideration of the “big picture”, i.e. integration and interoperability. This leads to fragmented self-contained technologies, which are not suitable to serve as an integral part of a technology infrastructure to solve “bigger” complex problems. SH accommodates a wide range of applications, and each of them may require different sensors, data processing methods and intervention mechanisms. As technologies are developed in a specific application context, the resulting technology infrastructures are usually ad hoc, i.e., domain dependent, application specific, difficult to be applied to solve problems of a different application characteristic. This suggests that an alternative to a one-size-fits-all approach to develop SH technology infrastructure is needed in order to advance the state of the art. In addition to mutidisciplinarity and application heterogeneity, SH is also a field involving multiple stakeholders, e.g. researchers, technology and solution developers, service providers, carers and end users. Addressing the needs of a SH application solely from a single stakeholder’s perspective is insufficient to deliver the right solution for the right users. Any best practices should be built upon effective communication and sharing of knowledge, and consensus of views and needs between stakeholders in the value chain.