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Evaluating the Benefits of Smart Technology in In-home Care Practice, Illawarra Retirment Trust (IRT) Foundation

Project Member(s): Dissanayake, G., Ranasinghe, R., Valls Miro, J., Liu, D.

Funding or Partner Organisation: IRT Research Foundation Ltd (IRT Research Foundation Grants)

Start year: 2015

Summary: This project aims to realise practical improvements to IRT in-home care and residential care services through UTS developed assistive technologies. The proposed assistive technologies Navigation, Localization and Shadowing (Follow-Me) developed by the UTS robotics team offer many benefits to senior citizens and are capable of becoming part of many applications in aged care services. Complementing each other, these intelligent assistive technologies improve the assurance elderly citizens need and empower carers to engage in multitude of activities which are more important to deliver quality care. These state of the art technologies are very robust and safe to use in aged care facilities. The study will evaluate the suitability and acceptance of these three technologies through an Expert Advisory Group (EAG) and focus groups comprising residents, carers and management, drawn from the Peakhurst and Woonona IRT facilities. Functions assessed to have the immediate impact will be selected for detailed evaluation. An exemplary prototype device ┬┐Follow-Me trolley┬┐ will be cooperatively developed with the IRT project participants and the selected functionalities of these assistive technologies will be incorporated into the prototype device. These technologies will be comprehensively evaluated to demonstrate the benefits of the technologies specifically covering the usability, adaptability, and user-friendliness.


Perera, A, Arukgoda, J, Ranasinghe, RS & Dissanayake, G 2017, 'Localization System for Carers to Track Elderly People in Visits to a Crowded Shopping Mall', 2017 International Conference on Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation (IPIN), International Conference on Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation, IEEE, Sapporo, Japan, pp. 1-8.
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Perera, K, Ranasinghe, R & Dissanayake, G 2017, 'A Neural Network Based Place Recognition Technique for a Crowded Indoor Environment', The 13th IEEE conference on industrial electronics and applications, IEEE, Siem Reap, Cambodia, pp. 1937-1942.
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Ranasinghe, R & Kodagoda, S 2016, 'Spatial Prediction in Mobile Robotic Wireless Sensor Networks withNetwork Constraints', IEEE, International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision, IEEE, Phuket, Thailand.
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Wu, K, Dissanayake, G & Ranasinghe, R 2015, 'Active Recognition and Pose Estimation of Household Objects in Clutter', Proceedings of 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, IEEE, Seattle, pp. 4230-4237.
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FOR Codes: Expanding Knowledge in Engineering, Control Systems, Robotics and Automation, Expanding Knowledge in Technology