Design and Prototype of a Device to Engage Cognitively Disabled Older Adults in Visual Artwork

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  2. Dr Tom Bartindale
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Author(s)Blunsden S, Richards B, Bartindale T, Jackson D, Olivier P
Publication type Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Conference NameProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments
Conference LocationCorfu, Greece
Year of Conference2009
Source Publication Date9-13 June 2009
Series TitleACM International Conference Proceedings
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We investigate technological solutions for arts therapists who work with older adults with cognitive disabilities, such as Alzheimer's disease. We present ethnographic analysis of a survey of arts therapists in the UK and Canada, and show how there is a need for devices that can be used to promote autonomy and independence through engagement with creative visual arts. We then demonstrate a novel device that uses a touch-screen interface, and arti cial intelligence software to monitor and interact with a user. Using a probabilistic model, the device monitors the behaviours of a user as well as aspects of their a ective or internal state, including their responsiveness and engagement with the device. The device then uses decision theoretic reasoning to take situated actions that promote engagement from the user. We show how the device ts with the ethnographic design, and we give a laboratory demonstration of the functionality of the device. We present and discuss our next steps with this device, including end user testing.
NotesArticle no. 48.
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