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2nd EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good

November 30–December 1, 2016 | Venice, Italy

Track Session on

  Smart Things for Active and Assisted Living (ST4AAL)


Co-chaired by:

Susanna Spinsante, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy, s.spinsante[AT]

Lorena Rossi, INRCA, Italy, l.rossi[AT]

Chris Nugent, University of Ulster, UK, cd.nugent[AT]


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Motivation and rationale

Developed countries worldwide are facing an increasingly severe problem of rapidly growing elderly population and declining workforce, because of increased life expectancy and decreased birth rates. According to the United Nations, the elderly, defined as people over the age of 60, will make up 37% of the European population by 2050, from 20% in 2000. With ageing, the probability of people developing physical and cognitive impairments increases, thus creating a strong need for new and more effective technologies and services to provide support and care, and to prolong independent living with acceptable Quality of Life.

The Smart Things for Active and Assisted Living Special Session will focus on a domain that embraces both physical (wearable devices, smart objects of daily living) and virtual things (monitoring applications running on mobile devices, smart environments), designed according to a user-centred approach, for which several technological issues have to be tackled, such as sensing and communications capabilities, power supply, data security, reliability, user-friendliness.

Approaches to connect humans to smart things, and put smart things at the service of users’ needs are to be investigated, not only from a technological perspective, but according to an holistic and multidisciplinary view, that this Special Session aims to foster and promote.

The Special Session will welcome contributions from researchers and experts in the aforementioned areas, but also from professionals and practitioners, to provide an up-to-date view of the current availability of Smart Things for AAL in the market, and future perspectives of this rapidly growing field.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Wearable Sensors and Smart Devices for AAL
  • Smart Homes and Living Environments
  • Sensing and Communications in Smart Things for AAL
  • Smartphone Apps as Smart Things for AAL
  • Security, Safety and Privacy – proof Smart Things for AAL
  • Signal Processing and Analysis
  • Machine Learning for Signal Processing
  • Intelligent Data Processing and Predictive Algorithms
  • Cloud Technologies supporting Smart Things for AAL
  • Interoperability and Standardization Issues
  • Open data for AAL
  • Case studies of deployed Smart Things for AAL
  • User interfaces for Smart Things for AAL
  • Smart Things for Tele-medicine, Tele-assistance and Tele-rehabilitation
  • Market perspectives for Smart Things for AAL
  • User-centred design of Smart Things for AAL
  • Usability and acceptability of Smart Things for AAL
  • Impact assessment of Smart Things for AAL
  • Deployment of Smart Things for AAL


Technical Program Committee

TPC Co-Chairs:

Ennio Gambi (Universita’ Politecnica delle Marche – ITALY)

Nuno Garcia (University of Beira Interior - PORTUGAL)

Pietro Siciliano (CNR IMM, President of Italian AAL association -  ITALY)

TPC Members:

John Gialelis (University of Patras – GREECE)

Torsten Braun (University of Bern – SWITZERLAND)

An Braeken (Vrije Universiteit Brussel – BELGIUM)

Ian Cleland (Ulster University – UK)

Ciprian Dobre (University Politehnica of Bucharest – ROMANIA)

Laura Montanini (Universita’ Politecnica delle Marche – ITALY)

Jordi Mongay Batalla (National Institute of Telecommunications, Warsaw – POLAND)

Constandinos X. Mavromoustakis (University of Nicosia – CYPRUS)

Elena Apostol (University Politehnica of Bucharest – ROMANIA)

Nuno Pombo (University of Beira Interior - PORTUGAL)

Antonio Del Campo (Universita’ Politecnica delle Marche – ITALY)

Fabrizia Lattanzio (INRCA – Italy)

Massimo Zancanaro (FBK – Italy)

Paolo Ciampolini (Università di Parma – Italy)

Henk Herman Nap (Vilans – The Netherlands)

Oresti Banos (University of Twente – NETHERLANDS)

Macarena Espinilla (University of Jaen – SPAIN)

Joseph Rafferty (Ulster University – UK)

Luis Castro (ITSON – MEXICO)


The session has the scientific endorsement from the COST ACTION IC1303 “Architectures, Algorithms and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments” (AAPELE).