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    Addresses an Emerging Shift in Developing Countries

    The authors and contributors of Ambient Assisted Living have recognized that the demographic profile is changing in many developing countries and have factored in an inversion of the demographic pyramid. The technology of ambient assisted living (AAL), supports the elderly and disabled in their daily routines to allow for safe and independent living for as long as possible. Dedicated to ambient intelligence—electronic environments that are sensitive and responsive to the presence of people—Ambient Assisted Living highlights the technologies that center on the needs of these special interest groups, such as the elderly or people with disabilities.

    Beneficial to students, practitioners, and users of ambient assisted living (AAL), this text compiles scattered information on the subject, outlines the most important and significant work in related literature, and covers the latest hardware and software for ergonomic design pertaining to AAL. From inception to implementation, the text assesses what has been produced and researched so far and looks for trends and clues for the future. It reviews literature on AAL published since 2007 and describes the main features and areas of products or systems that interlink and improve new or existing technologies and systems.

    This text:

    • Provides extensive coverage of the applications, software, and information management for AAL
    • Contains an overview of the concepts related to AAL
    • Includes a comprehensive review of the state of the art on pervasive and mobile health (m-health) applications
    • Describes a set of projects and work with scientific relevance in AAL
    • Introduces a framework focused on the monitoring and assistance of elderly persons living alone
    • Discusses a prospective study on technological systems for people with cognitive disabilities

    Ambient Assisted Living highlights technologies that adapt to the user rather than the user adapting to the technology. This text proposes technologies that can enable assisted persons to live independently for longer and reduce the need for long-term care.

    Ambient Assisted Living—From Technology to Intervention

    Nuno M Garcia, Paula Sousa, and Virginie Felizardo

    Section I Review, State of the Art, and AAL Concepts

    Characterization and Classification of Existing Ambient Assisted Living Systems: A Systematic Literature Review

    Alexandra Queirós, Anabela G Silva, Joaquim Alvarelhão, António Teixeira, and Nelson Pacheco Rocha

    Pervasive and Mobile Health Care Applications

    Bruno M C Silva, Joel J P C Rodrigues, and Ivo M C de M Lopes

    A Review of Monitoring and Assisted Therapeutic Technology for AAL Applications

    Pedro Dinis Gaspar, Virginie Felizardo, and Nuno M Garcia

    Implementing Best Evidence-Based Practice into Ambient Assisted Living Solutions: From User Outcome Research to Best Social Practices

    Gerard Nguyen, Bruno Colin, Dominique Lemoult, François Sigwald, Daniel Thiollier, and Alain Krivitzky

    A Demonstration Case on the Derivation of Process-Level Logical Architectures for Ambient Assisted Living Ecosystems

    Nuno Santos, Juliana Teixeira, António Pereira, Nuno Ferreira, Ana Lima, Ricardo Simoes, and Ricardo J Machado

    Section II Communications in AAL

    Enabling AAL Wireless Data Transmission in Home Automation Networks

    Nils Langhammer and Rüdiger Kays

    Mobility and Multihoming Data Transmission Protocols

    João C Silva, Artur Arsenio, and Nuno M Garcia

    Power-Aware Communication in Body Area Networks

    Hassan Ghasemzadeh and Roozbeh Jafari

    Wireless Systems Applied to e-Health: Radio-Planning, Energy Efficiency, and System Integration

    Francisco Falcone, Antonio López-Martín, Carlos Fernández-Valdivielso, Luis Serrano, Santiago Led, and Miguel Martínez Espronceda

    Section III AAL Applications to Specific Areas

    Video Care Services: AAL Solution for Dementia Support—State of the Art of Research and Intervention

    Jorge Nunes Monteiro, Liliana Dias, and Susana Espadaneira

    Telemedicine Scenario for Elderly People with Comorbidity

    César P Gálvez-Barrón, Maged N Kamel Boulos, Sandra Prescher, Carlos Abellán Cano, Emilio Suárez Ortega, Ada Font Tió, Jordi Morales Gras, Karol O’Donovan, Marta Díaz Boladeras, Friedrich Köhler, and Alejandro Rodríguez-Molinero

    A Framework for Monitoring and Assisting Seniors with Memory Disabilities

    Paulo Novais, Davide Carneiro, Ângelo Costa, and Ricardo Costa

    Ambient Assisted Living—From Technology to Intervention

    Paulo Freitas, Paulo Menezes, and Jorge Dias

    Innovative Solutions for Inclusion of Totally Blind People

    Michał Choraś, Rafał Kozik, Salvatore D’Antonio, Giulio Iannello, Andreas Jedlitschka, Klaus Miesenberger, Luca Vollero, and Adam Wołoszczuk

    Section IV Business Models and Study Cases

    A Business Model for Ambient Assisted Living Solutions

    Henrique O’Neill and José Duarte Realinho

    Social Innovations and Emerging Business Models in the Field of Ambient Assisted Living: Reflection on a Pilot Project

    Katrin Schneiders and Ralf Lindert

    The Living Usability Lab Architecture: Support for the Development and Evaluation of New Ambient Assisted Living Services for the Elderly

    António Teixeira, Nelson Pacheco Rocha, Carlos Pereira, Joaquim Sousa Pinto, Miguel Sales Dias, Cláudio Teixeira, Miguel Oliveira e Silva, Alexandra Queirós, Flávio Ferreira, and André Oliveira

    Promoting Independent Living and Recreation in Life through Ambient Assisted Living Technology

    Ângelo Costa, Juliana Teixeira, Nuno Santos, Ricardo Vardasca, José Eduardo Fernandes, Ricardo J Machado, Paulo Novais, and Ricardo Simoes

    Section V AAL Research Topics

    From Data to Knowledge: Towards Clinical Machine Learning Automation

    Nuno Pombo, Kouamana Bousson, and Pedro Araújo

    Soft Computing Drug Administration in the Ambient Assisted Living Environment

    Filipe Quinaz, Paulo Fazendeiro, Miguel Castelo-Branco, and Pedro Araújo

    Semantic Framework for Context-Aware Monitoring of Ambient Assisted Living Ecosystems

    Lyazid Sabri, Abdelghani Chibani, Yacine Amirat, Gian Piero Zarri, and Patrick Gatellier

    Collaborative Ecosystem Architecture for Ambient Assisted Living

    Luis M Camarinha-Matos, João Rosas, Ana Inês Oliveira, and Filipa Ferrada

    Social Ambient Intelligence for Assisted Living: Social Context, Networking, and Privacy

    Antonio Sapuppo and Boon-Chong Seet

    WeCare: Cooperating with Older People in the Design and Evaluation of Online Social Networking Services

    Marc Steen, Mari Ervasti, Marja Harjumaa, Sarah Bourke, Victor Hernandez, Marlou Min, and Sharon Prins

    Ergonomics and Sustainable Engineering: Important Features to Develop Human Sensitivity–Based Projects

    Oscar Alejandro Vásquez Bernal



    Nuno M. Garcia holds a PhD in computer science engineering from the University of Beira Interior (UBI, Covilhã, Portugal) (2008). He is assistant professor at UBI and invited associate professor at the Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (Lisbon, Portugal). He was founder and is coordinator of the Assisted Living Computing and Telecommunications Laboratory (ALLab), a research group within the Instituto de Telecomunicações at UBI. He was also co-founder and is coordinator of the BSAFE LAB – Law enforcement, Justice and Public Safety Research and Technology Transfer Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research laboratory in UBI. He is the coordinator of the Cisco Academy at UBI and head of EyeSeeLab in EyeSee Lda. (Lisbon, Portugal). He is also chair of the COST Action IC1303 AAPELE – Architectures, Algorithms and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments.

    Joel J.P.C. Rodrigues is a professor in the Department of Informatics of the University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal, and senior researcher at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal. He received the habilitation in computer science and engineering from the University of Haute Alsace, France; a PhD in informatics engineering; an MSc from the University of Beira Interior; and a five-year BSc (licentiate) in informatics engineering from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His main research interests include sensor networks, e-health, e-learning, vehicular delay-tolerant networks, and mobile and ubiquitous computing. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal on E-Health and Medical Communications, the editor-in-chief of the Recent Advances on Communications and Networking Technology, the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Multimedia Information Systems, and editorial board member of several journals.

    "One of the most informative books, that includes almost all recent advances and technologies as well as aspects of AAL, in smart environments of today. The book, drives the readers’ minds for more scientific inspirations in the era of Peta, within AAL context."
    —Dr. Constandinos X. Mavromoustakis

    "the book seeks to show AAL technologies from its inception to implementation. It can help to disseminate them. The book will be an important way to communicate important AAL concepts. This book is an important contribution in the field of AAL. The contents and structure are adequate for its publication."
    —Miguel Lopez-Coronado, Department of Signal Theory and Communications

    "The main strengths of the book are that it covers the latest development of AAL and the comprehensive review on AAL including the concept, application, software, system, services, and many others. The text is easy for the readers to follow. It is valuable material for students, developers and researchers that are interested in working on AAL to gain a good overview and insights, thereby to quickly identify the opportunities where they can make novel contributions."
    —Qi Zhang, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University