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Human-Centered Solutions for Ambient Assisted Living

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 September 2024 | Viewed by 2342

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Department of Architecture, University of Ferrara, 44121 Ferrara, Italy
Interests: inclusive design; smart devices; design methodologies

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Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Center for Health and Technology (CHaT), Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Antwerp, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Interests: human factors and ergonomics; AI in healthcare; digital human modeling; smart health; biomechanics; neuroengineering; cognitive modelling; computer vision; standardization; integrated product development; design for all
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Rehab Technologies Lab, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Morego, 30, 16163 Genoa, Italy
Interests: neuroergonomics; biomedical robotics; human–robot interaction; human augmentation; rehabilitation technology; assistive technology; prosthetics; extended reality; digital health; gamification
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue presents advances in human-Centered approaches for innovative solutions of ambient assisted living in healthcare and wellbeing.

Current advances in sensor technologies are opening new perspectives in the design of smart devices and spaces, enhancing the autonomy and quality of life of specific categories of fragile users needing constant personalized assistance.

Objects and environments enhanced with digital technologies allow the analysis and the recognition of a person’s habits, preferences, behaviors, and health status, making it possible for effective personalization of the developed solutions. Ambient assisted living looks to individual comfort, autonomy, and healthcare, using emerging technologies for the creation of smart living environments and promoting the engagement of people in taking advantage of smart solutions for daily monitoring, assistance, and medical care.

Moreover, the involvement of users in the design process, through co-design and other human-centered methodological practices, increases the level of acceptance, usability, and accessibility of the designed devices and services.

This Special Issue aims to collect accounts of recent advances in ambient assisted living with innovative applications in different research fields and novel methodologies for integrating quantitative and qualitative information aimed toward the satisfaction of people's needs. Both research papers and review articles submissions are welcome.

Dr. Silvia Imbesi
Dr. Sofia Scataglini
Dr. Giacinto Barresi
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  • smart homes
  • smart environments, home automation,
  • activity monitoring devices and systems
  • biomonitoring and activity recognition
  • human-machine interaction and interfaces
  • human-environment interaction and interfaces
  • human-system interaction and interfaces
  • IoT and smart sensors in healthcare
  • mhealth and/or ehealth solutions for fragile users
  • sensors for assessing health and wellbeing
  • wearables and smart clothes
  • assistive robotics and social robotics
  • digital human models and digital twins for healthcare
  • connected care, digital health, phygital health
  • ubiquitous technology, pervasive technology

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Effect of Music Based Therapy Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation (RAS) Using Wearable Device in Rehabilitation of Neurological Patients: A Systematic Review
Sensors 2023, 23(13), 5933; - 26 Jun 2023
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(1) Background: Even though music therapy is acknowledged to have positive benefits in neurology, there is still a lack of knowledge in the literature about the applicability of music treatments in clinical practice with a neurological population using wearable devices. (2) Methods: a [...] Read more.
(1) Background: Even though music therapy is acknowledged to have positive benefits in neurology, there is still a lack of knowledge in the literature about the applicability of music treatments in clinical practice with a neurological population using wearable devices. (2) Methods: a systematic review was conducted following PRISMA 2020 guidelines on the 29 October 2022, searching in five databases: PubMed, PEDro, Medline, Web of Science, and Science Direct. (3) Results: A total of 2964 articles were found, including 413 from PubMed, 248 from Web of Science, 2110 from Science Direct, 163 from Medline, and none from PEDro. Duplicate entries, of which there were 1262, were eliminated. In the first screening phase, 1702 papers were screened for title and abstract. Subsequently, 1667 papers were removed, based on population, duplicate, outcome, and poor study design. Only 15 studies were considered after 35 papers had their full texts verified. Results showed significant values of spatiotemporal gait parameters in music-based therapy rhythmic auditory stimulation (RAS), including speed, stride length, cadence, and ROM. (4) Conclusions: The current findings confirm the value of music-based therapy RAS as a favorable and effective tool to implement in the health care system for the rehabilitation of patients with movement disorders. Full article
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