Carolina Rubio presents her Master thesis
President: Professor Pedro Manuel Moreira Vaz Antunes de Sousa
Director: Professor Rui Filipe Fernandes Prada
Co-director: Professor Ulises Cortés
Vogais: Professor João Manuel Brisson Lopes
Date: 3/11/2011 – 14:30h / Sala de Reuniões 1, do Pavilhão de
Informática II, IST – Alameda.
Abstract: In the context of Assistive Technologies (AT), the present
work addresses the improvement and greater adaptability of iTutorials, a
supportive system we have been working on over the last two years, and
which is intended to provide in-home support to cognitively impaired
older adults in the performance of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
The new approach to iTutorials resulted in a more adaptive system
addressing, on the one hand, activity guidance based on the actual
context and the user profile, and on the other hand, the design of an
interactive interface tailored to the user needs in an attempt to
mitigate the physical decline and memory loss affecting our target
users. The agent-based architecture of iTutorials deploys a distributed
system that allows caregivers to enter and manage data from a different
device than the touch-screen computer where the user interface runs.
Empiric results obtained while testing with real Portuguese older
volunteers demonstrated that our application is easy to learn and
pleasant to use, and proved its aid to elderly users with cognitive
disabilities in the accomplishment of basic tasks.