Special Issue "Assistive Technologies in Elder Care and Assistance"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.
Interests: data analysis; long term care; clinical trials; health technology assessment; gerontechnology; public services
The dramatic change in the population distribution brings several long-term societal implications, such as loss of independence, multimorbidity, and need of daily care and assistance.
Research on technological innovation has made significant efforts in designing and implementing solutions to improve older people’s independence and provide relief for caregivers.
Nevertheless, the adoption of gerontechnological products is still low, due to a lack of strategies to improve acceptability and usability, the absence of clear personalized features, and the difficulty of demonstrating the efficacy of complex systems (e.g., social robots and virtual agents in general) through evidence-based methods. A closer interaction between healthcare and technology researchers is mandatory in order to ensure that these new systems address the unsolved needs of the older population.
This Special Issue aims to provide an opportunity for researchers to submit their contributions to the design and evaluation of new technologies for monitoring and supporting human well-being in several respects: physical, cognitive, emotional, affective, and social. Within this domain, we welcome original research manuscripts including new significant technical contributions to social robotics, virtual agents and virtual reality, AI and machine and deep learning, human–computer and human–robot interaction for assisted living, and applications to support assisted-living scenarios. Given the lack of publicly available data specific to this topic, contributions also reporting realistic benchmarks related to the elderly are very welcome.
Dr. Mirko Di Rosa
Dr. Roberta Bevilacqua
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- long-term care
- family caregivers
- elder care
- social robotics
- assistive technology
- virtual agents
- virtual reality
- machine learning
- artificial intelligence