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ATTACH 2011 Workshop
Advances in Techniques and Technologies
Assisting Care at Home

23rd May 2011, Dublin, Ireland
Part of the Pervasive Health Conference


This workshop was organised jointly by the MATCH Project and the Pervasive Health Conference. The workshop co-chairs were Maria Wolters (Edinburgh), Ken Turner (Stirling) and Heba Lakany (Strathclyde).

The workshop was held in the same location as the main conference (University College, Dublin, Ireland).

The goal of this workshop was to bring together a mixed audience of researchers, developers and practitioners with an active interest in technologies that support delivery of care in the home. The aim was shared experience in these areas, with the workshop proceedings as a snapshot of current knowledge. Papers were solicited on theoretical underpinnings, new techniques, technology implementation or practical experience.

The workshop was intended for all who have a stake in home care. Contributions were solicited from those who research, develop and apply home care technologies. Participation was also encouraged from professional carers, those who prescribe and support home care technology, and policy makers concerned with home care.

The proceedings of the workshop were published online in IEEE Xplore as a supplement to the main conference proceedings.

Following the workshop, it is planned to publish extended versions of selected papers in a special edition of the Journal of Assistive Technologies. The likely deadline for submissions to the journal is November 2011, with a view to publication in April 2012.


Telecare (computer-mediated social care in the home) and telehealth (computer-mediated home health monitoring and support) have both been widely embraced as promising new technologies. A major driver is the ageing population. The incidence of complex long-term care conditions such as heart disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes and dementia is also rising. As a result, the demands on formal and informal care are rising. It has long been recognised that this care crisis can be addressed only by helping people to age in place, in their own homes and communities, and to maintain their independence for as long as possible.

There is a strong need for technologies that can help to deliver social and health care in the home. These technologies can inform the dialogue of care and can support therapy, rehabilitation and recovery. The technologies can identify trends or anomalies that may require intervention, monitor adverse events such as falls, provide reassurance to family members and informal carers, and relieve carers of routine low-level monitoring tasks.


The workshop featured a keynote talk by a leading researcher, presentations of individual papers, and a discussion group. Where available, slides of the talks are linked from the titles below. These slides remain the copyright of the speakers.

08.30 Registration

Room B0.02, School of Computer Science and Informatics (location 14, square C6 on the campus map)

09.00 Workshop Introduction

Ken Turner, (University of Stirling)

09.15 Keynote Talk: Delivering Care at Home through A Smarter Environment

Chris Nugent (University of Ulster)

10.15 Purposeful Social Media as Support Platform

Chris Norval, John L. Arnott, Nick A. Hine and Vicki L. Hanson (University of Dundee)

10.30 A Platform for Self-Management supported by Assistive, Rehabilitation and Telecare Technologies

Richard Davies, Leo Galway, Chris Nugent, Colin Jamison, Rachel Gawley, Paul Mccullagh, Huiru Zheng and Norman Black (University of Ulster)

11.00 Tea/Coffee

11.30 Telecare Service Challenges: Conflict Detection

Jesse M. Blum and Evan H. Magill (University of Stirling)

12.00 Programming Home Care

Claire Maternaghan and Kenneth J. Turner (University of Stirling)

12.30 A Subjective Evaluation of Multimodal Notifications

David Warnock (University of Glasgow)

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Wearable Rehab Technology for Automatic Measurement of Patients with Arthritis

James Connolly, Joan Condell, Kevin Curran and Philip Gardiner (University of Ulster, Altnagelvin Hospital)

14.15 An Improved EEG De-noising Approach in Electroencephalogram (EEG) for Home Care

Yanbing Qi, Bin Hu, Hong Peng, Qinglin Zhao and Martyn Ratcliffe (Lanzhou University, Birmingham City University)

14.45 End-User Perception towards Pervasive Cardiac Healthcare Services: Benefits, Acceptance, Adoption, Risks, Security, Privacy and Trust

Anandhi Dhukaram, Chris Baber, Lamia Elloumi, Bert-Jan van Beijnum and Paolo De Stefanis (University of Birmingham, University of Twente, LABOR Srl)

15.15 Reminders that make Sense: Designing Multimodal Notifications for The Home

Marilyn R. McGee-Lennon and Steve Brewster (University of Glasgow)

15.45 Tea/Coffee

16.15 Discussion of Workshop Themes

Maria Wolters, (University of Edinburgh)

17.00 Workshop Close

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