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Scientists and Industry
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Architectures
Algorithms and
Platforms for
Enhanced
Living
Environments

Mission

We aim to promote interdisciplinary research on AAL, through the creation of a research and development community of scientists and entrepreneurs, focusing on AAL algorithms, architectures and platforms, having in view the advance of science in this area and the development of new and innovative solutions.

Working Groups

WG1

Sensor Networks and Communication Infrastructure for AAL Services

The main goal of this work package is to define and develop an unified communication infrastructure for AAL and smart home services, allowing efficient network and service management. This infrastructure includes the integration of smart phones, home gateways and devices (sensors, actuators, computers, mobile devices, etc.). As a consequence, a set of requirements for different scenarios on AAL solutions can be researched (Chair: Joshua Ellul; Vice Chair: Professor An Braeken).

WG2

Requirement Analysis and Profiling

The aim of this workgroup is to analyze the requirements of AAL systems and to profile the users of such systems. The AAL Association categories users into 3 groups: - primary users - people who have AAL solutions installed at home, - secondary users - informal caregivers (such as family members and friends), companies and organizations that are using AAL solutions for the benefit of end users. - tertiary users - institutions and organizations (such as public sector, health and insurance organizations) who are not in direct contact with AAL solutions but who play a role in providing or financing them (Chair: Dr Ivan Chorbev; Vice Chair: Dr Salvatore Distefano).

WG3

Protocol and Platform Analysis, QoS, QoE, and Capacity Planning

This working group covers different aspect related to the planning and the operation of the AAPELE platform and the corresponding applications and services. Proposed mechanisms, architectures and technologies are evaluated against metrics related to the different stakeholders in the AAPELE environment for a couple of representative use cases. The research topics cover several topics such as platform and protocols (design phase), customized solutions to provide sufficient capacity not only to operate patient monitoring sensors and actors, but also daily-life activities and entertainment applications (planning phase), and the assessment of the user-perceived quality of AAPELE services and applications as well as the impact of service disruptions on this quality (operational phase) (Chair: Dr Thomas Zinner; Vice Chair: Dr Constandinos Mavromoustakis).

WG4

Medical Data Acquisition and Algorithms

The scope of this working group is defined by (but not limited to) medical data analysis, statistical evaluation of medical data, self-similarity analysis of AAL data, sensor analysis together with protocol analysis, activity of daily living (ADL) detection,mobile health services and applications for AAL. In addition, the objectives there are some challenges, most of which arising from the data-sensitivity characteristics (issues like privacy, security). Other aspects include scalability (especially for steaming data), and deployment of solutions on mobile devices (Chair: Professor Rodica Potolea; Vice Chair: Dr. Ioannis Gialelis).

WG5

User Interaction

The scope of this working group is defined by (but not limited to) requirements analysis and profiling of the AAL end-users, Activity of daily living (ADL) detection, Context-aware architecture for AAL. In addition, relevant research challenges include mobile AAL applications, development and integration of sensors and nano-sensors with AAL solutions and devices to develop smart clothing and smart homes,techniques that favour the adoption of AAL solutions and methodologies by users, and User interfaces and Human-Machine communication with special focus on elder or disabled users (Chair: Professor David Lamas; Vice Chair: Professor Rémi Bastide).

WG6

Mobile AAL Applications and Communications

A large number of mobile medical and consumer devices have become available in the last few years. This working group aims to analyse the impact of these mobile devices and associated applications in the AAL domain since a number of solutions are already available with their majority aiming for remote monitoring of vital parameters. The analysis to be carried out includes research on the communication protocols used by the mobile medical devices and the wireless interfaces used (from a priority and cost perspective) as well as the functionality of the associated applications that are available for consumer devices. The ultimate outcome of the work planned in this working group is a recommendation for the development of a unified communication infrastructure for AAL and smart home services. Such an infrastructure will, in addition to the medical devices, inevitably integrate smart phones, sensors, actuators, personal computers and home internet gateways. Flexibility and expandability are key design issues so that efficient network and service management is achieved while ensuring conformance to medical and communication standards as well as support for the requirements of different AAL solutions. (Chair: Dr Lambros Lambrinos; Vice Chair: Dr Periklis Chatzimisios).

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