Assisted living in Smart Homes (SH) can change the way millions of the older people in Europe live, are cared, and manage their conditions and maintain wellbeing in the future. This could support the ageing population, not only in the Europe but worldwide, to live longer independently and to enjoy comfort and quality of life in their private environments. While today’s monitoring and assistance technologies are selectively deployed due to high cost, limited functionality and interoperability issues, future SH could leverage from cheap ubiquitous sensors, interconnected smart objects, packaged with robust context inference and interaction techniques. 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 developing 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. The next generation of SH technologies will be adaptive to fit versatile living environments, and interoperable for heterogeneous applications. In addition, service-oriented cloud-based system architecture will support reconfiguration and modular design that is essential to empower care providers to customise solutions. The aim of this workshop focuses 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.


Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • assisted living solutions
  • SH user needs and system requirements
  • sensing and monitoring
  • sensor networks
  • context awareness
  • activity recognition
  • behaviour analysis
  • user-centred design and ethics
  • human machine interaction
  • personalized and adaptive interactions
  • open SH infrastructures and toolsets
  • virtual reality
  • wearables
  • security and privacy