Design and Prototype of a Device to Engage Cognitively Disabled Older Adults in Visual Artwork (2009)

Author(s): Blunsden S, Richards B, Bartindale T, Jackson D, Olivier P

    Abstract: 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.

    Notes: Article no. 48.

      • Date: 9-13 June 2009
      • Conference Name: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments
      • Pages: 1-8
      • Publisher: ACM
      • Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. abstract)
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Keywords: Human-computer interaction


      Dr Tom Bartindale
      Senior Research Associate

      Dan Jackson
      Senior Research Associate

      Professor Patrick Olivier
      Professor of Human-Computer Interaction