My 7-pages paper "Age in Ubiquitous Computing: a Thin Thread" written with HOAREAU Christian and 橋爪宏達 (HASHIZUME Hiromichi) was published at the 3nd International Conference on Convergence and Hybrid Information Technology the 13 November 2008 (see post on ICCIT 2008).
Abstract: Ubiquitous computing can significantly improve the general public's quality of life worldwide from birth to old age because it allows monitoring, awareness and support in many environments thanks to sensors, actuators, remote connections, and dedicated knowledge bases. However, ageing influences its usefulness and appropriateness due to growth and decline as well as changes in activities and uses of technology. We discuss potential dedicated services with smart spaces and wearable computers based on the cognitive, physical, physiological, and sensory characteristics of young people and older adults. Our main contribution is to show that existing services support few age-specific needs, and that designs miss age-appropriate techniques, taking into account the whole life span with personal, public and shared systems.
Co-author 1: HOAREAU Christian is a Ph.D. student in information science at 総合研究大学院大学 (Sokendai, Japan).
Co-author 2: 橋爪宏達 (HASHIZUME Hiromichi) obtained his Ph.D. of engineering in Japan from the electric engineering section of 東京大学 (University of Tokyo). He is currently professor at 国立情報学研究所 (National Institute of Informatics) in 東京 (Tokyo, Japan).