User Modeling and Adaptation for Daily Routines is now published

User Modeling and Adaptation for Daily Routines
Providing Assistance to People with Special Needs

Editors: Estefanía Martín, Pablo A. Haya, Rosa M. Carro
ISBN: 978-1-4471-4777-0 (Print) 978-1-4471-4778-7 (Online)

User Modeling and Adaptation for Daily Routines

User Modeling and Adaptation for Daily Routines is motivated by the need to bring attention to how people with special needs can benefit from adaptive methods and techniques in their everyday lives. Assistive technologies, adaptive systems and context-aware applications are three well-established research fields. There is, in fact, a vast amount of literature that covers HCI-related issues in each area separately. However, the contributions in the intersection of these areas have been less visible, despite the fact that such synergies may have a great impact on improving daily living.

Presenting a comprehensive review of state-of-the-art practices on user modeling and adaptation for people with special needs, as well as some reflections on the challenges that need to be addressed in this direction, topics covered within this volume include the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of adaptive systems to assist users with special needs to take decisions and fulfil daily routine activities. Particular emphasis is paid to major trends in user modeling, ubiquitous adaptive support, diagnostic and accessibility, recommender systems, social interaction, designing and building adaptive assistants for daily routines, field studies and automated evaluation.

Nine leading contributors write on key current research in the domain of adaptive applications for people with special needs, integrating and summarizing findings from the best known international research groups in these areas. User Modeling and Adaptation for Daily Routines highlights how adaptation technologies can ease daily living for all, and support sustainable high-quality healthcare, demographic ageing and social/economic inclusion.

Harnessing the Interaction Continuum for Subtle Assisted Living

Manuel García-Herranz, Fernando Olivera, Pablo Haya and Xavier Alamán

Sensors 2012 [download] (JCR, IF 2011: 1.953, Q1)

People interact with each other in many levels of attention, intention and meaning. This Interaction Continuum is used daily to deal with different contexts, adapting the interaction to communication needs and available resources. Nevertheless, computer-supported interaction has mainly focused on the most direct, explicit and intrusive types of human to human Interaction such as phone calls, emails, or video conferences. This paper presents the results of exploring and exploiting the potentials of undemanding interaction mechanisms, paying special attention to subtle communication and background interaction. As we argue the benefits of this type of interaction for people with special needs, we present a theoretical framework to define it and propose a proof of concept based on Augmented Objects and a color codification mechanism. Finally, we evaluate and analyze the strengths and limitations of such approach with people with cognitive disabilities.

Adaptive manuals as assistive technology to support and train people with acquired brain injury in their daily life activities

Javier Gómez, Germán Montoro, Pablo A. Haya, Xavier Alamán, Susana Alves and Mónica Martínez

Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 17 (6), 2013,  1117-1126 [download] (JCR, IF 2012: 1.133, Q2)

Assistive technologies and ubiquitous computing can be related since both try to help people in their lives. This common objective motivated us to develop and evaluate a system that puts ubiquitous computing technologies into the rehabilitation process of people with acquired brain injury. Thus, in this paper, we present and evaluate a system that shows adaptive manuals for daily-life activities for people with acquired brain injury. This first evaluation allowed us to validate our approach and also to extract valuable information about these systems as well as environmental factors that may affect the patients.

Volume 17 Issue 6, August 2013
Pages 1117-1126