Ambient monitoring from an elderly-centred design perspective: What, who and how

Marije Kanis*, Sean Alizadeh, Jesse Groen, Milad Khalili, Saskia Robben, Sander Bakkes, Ben Kröse

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This paper describes a participatory design-oriented study of an ambient assisted living system for monitoring the daily activities of elderly residents. The work presented addresses these questions 1) What daily activities the elderly participants like to be monitored, 2) With whom they would want to share this monitored data and 3) How a monitoring system for the elderly should be designed. For this purpose, this paper discusses the study results and participatory design techniques used to exemplify and understand desired ambient-assisted living scenarios and information sharing needs. Particularly, an interactive dollhouse is presented as a method for including the elderly in the design and requirements gathering process for residential monitoring. The study results indicate the importance of exemplifying ambient-assisted living scenarios to involve the elderly and so to increase acceptance and utility of such systems. The preliminary studies presented show that the participants were willing to have most of their daily activities monitored. However, they mostly wanted to keep control over their own data and share this information with medical specialists and particularly not with their fellow elderly neighbours.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmbient Intelligence - Second International Joint Conference, AmI 2011, Proceedings
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event2nd International Joint Conference on Ambient Intelligence, AmI 2011 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 16 Nov 201118 Nov 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7040 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference2nd International Joint Conference on Ambient Intelligence, AmI 2011


  • Ambient Assisted Living
  • ambient interaction
  • data visualization
  • elderly-centred design
  • information sharing
  • participatory design


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