The Engineering Handbook of Smart Technology for Aging, Disability and Independence

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 22, 2008 - 1000 pages
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An advanced look at smart technology to promote the independence of the elderly and disabled

Ongoing research and advancements in technology are essential for the continuing independence of elderly and disabled persons. The Engineering Handbook of Smart Technology for Aging, Disability, and Independence provides a thorough analysis of these technologies and the needs of the elderly and disabled, including a breakdown of demographics, government spending, growth rate, and much more.

Each chapter is written by an expert in his or her respective field, and gives readers unparalleled insight into the research and developments in a multitude of important areas, including:

  • User-need analyses, classifications, and policies
  • Assistive devices and systems for people with motor disabilities
  • Assistive devices and systems for people with visual and hearing impairments
  • Human-machine interaction and virtual reality
  • Assistive robotics
  • Technology for user mobility and object manipulation
  • Smart homes as assistant environments
  • A discussion of emerging standards and guidelines to build accessible devices, tools, and environments

This book is an indispensable resource for researchers and professionals in computer science, rehabilitation science, and clinical engineering. It also serves as a valuable textbook for graduate students in the aforementioned fields.

 

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Contents

Introduction to the Book
1
PART I DEFINITIONS CLASSIFICATIONS AND POLICIES
27
PART II USERS NEEDS AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
127
PART III HUMANMACHINE INTERACTION AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION
237
PART IV ASSISTIVE ROBOTICS
353
PART V USER MOBILITY
437
PART VI TECHNOLOGIES FOR SMART ENVIRONMENTS
567
PART VII SMART ENVIRONMENTS AND CYBERINFRASTRUCTURES
693
PART VIII EMERGING STANDARDS GUIDELINES AND DESIGN METHODS
785
Index
921
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Abdelsalam (Sumi) Helal, PhD, is a Professor in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Department (CISE) at the University of Florida. His research interests span the areas of pervasive and mobile computing, assistive environments, and health telematics.

Mounir Mokhtari, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Institut TELECOM (formerly GET/INT) in France. His research activity focuses on human-machine interaction, rehabilitation robotics, and health telematics.

Bessam Abdulrazak, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Sherbrooke, Canada. His research interests include ubiquitous and pervasive computing, ambient intelligence, smart spaces, assistive technologies, and rehabilitation robotics.

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