|Thesis abstract: |
Designing and implementing an effective and sustainable service to assist fragile people (e.g. those affected by small impairments, elderly or more widely people who have special needs), meeting their necessities of communication, autonomy and other primary needs (such as mobility and memory) is indeed one of the challenges of our society. This project will consist in the identification, implementation and promotion of innovative methods and ICT techologies to guarantee to fragile people a normal life, providing a compensation (or recovery) of missing functionality, social integration, equal opportunities and the possibility to determine their own life. The study develops through a user-centered approach, moving from the person's needs to their satisfaction.
To achieve those objectives the monitoring of the person and his/her living ambient is fundamental: multimodal sensors will be deployed to gather environment information but also biological parameters, to create complex time-event recordings. These streams will be organized in a database and further analyzed: searching for specific signals, situations or scenes; crossing information collected by different sensors (images, sounds, localization or biological data) to detect more complex and articulated events; identifying routines, spatial or temporal patterns. Such a detailed analysis of the collected data will make possible to identify immediately or predict critical situations (uncomfortable or potentially harmful, behavioral drifts, sudden health problems, etc.), forwarding information to relatives, producing warnings or alerting health services. Hardware and software solutions will be developed minimizing customer's costs when possible.
A feedback about the impact of developed solutions will be received from associations, companies, residences and rehabilitation clinics, which actively employ and promote technology as a support for fragile people in the Como area.