Virtual Reality and Assisted Living

Wednesday the 21st of November 2012, Trinity Chapel, DMU

The First DMU workshop on

Assisted Living Technologies – ALT2012

Organized by the ViR.AL research group - http://www.tech.dmu.ac.uk/viral/index.html

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND THE EVENT, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL to:

lpicinali@dmu.ac.uk & sahmadi@dmu.ac.uk by 15/11/2012

Improvements in public health have increased life expectancy and there has been a major shift in attitudes towards research in this area and need for new technologies for assisted living in recent years. These technologies are not only for elderly who may live on their own, but also for people with physical and sensory disabilities, or even for cases where increasingly attention to outside world (e.g. traffic) is reduced by distractions such as listening to music or writing a text message while walking. Furthermore, research in this field links into the Research Councils (RCUK) focus on healthy ageing, lifelong health and wellbeing relating to maintaining cognitive function and enhanced mobility and independence in later life. According to the RCUK web site “Ageing research is a long standing priority area for the Research Councils” [1] .

The 1st DMU workshop on Assisted Living Technologies (ALT2012) is meant to be a networking event for facilitating and fostering activities and collaborations in this particular area within the university.

The venue

The venue for the ALT 2012 workshop is the Trinity Chapel of De Montfort University (building number 37 on the this map). The visitor car park is the location 33 on the same map. Please let us know in advance if you need a parking space for Wednesday 21st Nov.

Workshop Program

Time

Activity

9:15

Registration and Coffee

9:30

Welcome talk (Prof. Andy Collop)

9:40

Introduction (Lorenzo Picinali and Samad Ahmadi)

9:50

Session 1: Technologies for the Visually Impaired

Chair: Lorenzo Picinali (DMU)

Assistive Technologies for the Visually Impaired

Lorna Allen (VISTA - UK)

Psychology and Visual Impairment

Mark Scase (HLS - DMU)

Wayfinding – Technology for Life

John Worsfold (RNIB - UK)

Home Energy Management Technology

Peter Boait (IESD - DMU)

11:10

Coffee Break

11.30

Session 2: Robotics and Assistive Tools

Chair: Samad Ahmadi (DMU)

Social Robotics for Assisted Living

Rod Walsh (Tampere University of Applied Sciences - TAMK - Finland)

Assistive Technology product design: Towards an optimised methodology. George E. Torrens (Loughborough University - UK)

Guidance, exploration and active navigation support using Microsoft Kinect® technology

Arlene Casey (CCI / VIR.AL DMU) and Samad Ahmadi (ViR.AL. - DMU)

12:30

Lunch and networking

13:30

Session 3: Home Management and Personal Health

Chair: Lorenzo Picinali (DMU)

Interactive Audio Applications for the Blind

Lorenzo Picinali (ViR.AL. - DMU)

Older People and the Existing Housing Stock - What is the Role of Assisted Living Technologies

Tim Brown (CCHR - DMU)

Ethics and Personal Health

Brent Mittelstadt (CSSR - DMU)

14:30

Networking sessions

15:15

Summary and closing (Lorenzo Picinali and Samad Ahmadi)

15:30

Tour of the Fused Media Lab