Design of software for elderly monitoring and active ageing

Author:  Prof Nuno Pombo STSM Period: 2018-04-15 – 2018-04-30

Hosting institution: Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje Macedonia

From ITC: Yes


The main objective of my Short Term Scientific Mission at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University is to improve R&D capabilities on the AAL field, namely on the design of software for elderly monitoring and active ageing. One of the main challenges is to design computerizes systems capable to be handled by different users independent of their experiences and technology literacy. The integration techniques based on usability and ubiquitous computing is a very promising challenge to be addressed.
Finally, I intend to publish in co-authorship, at least one article on a scientific journal on the field of computer science. Discussing and learning I would like to build scientific relationships for a possibility of future collaborations.


During my STSM, I got overview of the past and currently running project and research activities of specific interest for the objectives of ENJECT within the research groups of Prof. Vladimir Trajkovik e Prof. Ivan Chorbev. The main purpose is to design a novel computerised system, oriented to elderly people, based on the usability and user-friendliness. In line with this, a joint research was defined on this field in order to be proposed to a master student in the forthcoming academic year. In addition, we start to develop a prototype based on data fusion concepts on the context of the IoT, namely to fuse several sensors for elderly monitoring and well-being assessment. Some of these sensors are both wearable or installed in the environment (furniture). In addition, the collected data were analysed in order to develop a predictive alarmistic system related with health conditions, and/ daily activity.


Within the STSM, several results were obtained from the design of the data fusion model, that will be the main focus of a joint publication.
In addition, possible topics for human-sensors interaction and data processing was identified. We believe that this initial research can result in the joint book that can be used within the Master studies of Engineering Faculties that are interested to offer bio signal processing subjects. Both of our institutions have that kind of subjects.


I believe that the research I performed during the STSM can result in possible joint publication of a paper and a possible book. The future collaboration will include experiments will data sets provided by both institutions. We will try to design a comprehensive set of algorithms over those data sets in order to provide basic tools for the wider research community.