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Conference proceedings article

Title W3C MMI Architecture as a Basis for Enhanced
Author António J. S. Teixeira, Nuno Almeida, Carlos Pereira, Miguel Oliveira e Silva
Booktitle Get Smart: Smart Homes, Cars, Devices and the Web, W3C Workshop on Rich Multimodal Application Development
Address New York Metropolitan Area, US
Month July
Year 2013
Group (before 2015) Transverse Activity on Innovative Biomedical Technologies
Indexed by ISI No
Scope International

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1) Introduction

Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) software creation presents a number of challenges to researchers and developers alike. On one hand the necessity of including a wide number of devices such as sensors or actuators, each following their own proprietary protocols; the distributed focus of AAL; and the requirement of constant connection. On the other, the character of AAL applications, with a strong focus on contextual usage, usability, pervasiveness, and the user. Combined, this leads inevitably to highly heterogeneous environments.

In truth, this heterogeneity is a serious issue for user-aware development. Good AAL applications require constant adaptation to the user, not only to its position, time of day, or to environment characteristics but also to its mood, preferences, or even disabilities.

Our research focuses on AAL development with a strong focus on interaction with users and exploration of multimodality. We believe that multimodality can not only increase user usability but also lead to more natural and suitable ways of interaction. Within AAL’s objectives, multimodality can provide an important push in shortening the gap between the user and its ambient.