The integration of intelligent technology into the home environment has become recognised as a means of providing higher levels of autonomy and independence for the aging population. Within this technology domain, an area of particular interest is in the development of the services offering the facility to monitor and react to contextual scenarios based on the information sampled from sensorised environments. To facilitate the definition of the set of rules upon which the monitoring service can react, healthcare professionals are consulted to define the specifications of scenarios and to profile user specific needs. This activity also requires technical expertise to design, implement and refine the set of rules which guide the context under which the technology operates. As a result healthcare professionals are unable to fully participate in the development of the service model. This has resulted in an emerging barrier between the coherence of the healthcare professional descriptions and the understanding of technology providers. The current work proposes a set of tools to reduce this barrier and involve the healthcare professionals in the development process. Initial results from a user evaluation suggest that such tools hold the potential for real world adoption in the process of designing and interpreting the set of rules used to govern an intelligent environment.
|Journal||International Journal of Assistive Robotics and Mechatronics|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2008|