The Internet of Aged People Doing Things Daily
Panagiotis D. Bamidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
The Grey Digital Divide
Reima Suomi, University of Turku, Finland
The Internet of Aged People Doing Things Daily
Panagiotis D. Bamidis
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Panagiotis Bamidis is currently Assoc. Prof. in the Lab of Medical Physics, Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He has founded and has been leading four research groups, namely, in Medical Education Informatics, in Assistive Technologies and Silver Science, in Applied and Affective Neuroscience, and in Health Services Research. In the last 7 years, he has been the co-ordinator of five large European projects (SmokeFreeBrain.org; www.meducator.net; www.longlastingmemories.eu, www.epblnet.eu, www.childrenhealth.eu) as well as the principal investigator for a number of national and international funded projects. His publication record consists of more than 90 international refereed journal papers, and over 330 international peer reviewed conference papers, as well as several book chapters / edited conference proceedings volumes and over some 1200 citations (h-index>20). In addition, he has been acting as a referee in more than 30 journals, and as Guest Editor in some 25 journal special issues. He is a member of the Editorial Board in 5 journals and Associate Editor in the prestigious series of JMIR journals. He is the President of the Hellenic Biomedical Technology Society (ELEBIT), a member of the Administration Boards of the Greek Federation of Alzheimer’s Associations and Related Disorders, the Greek AeroSpace & Space Medicine Research Association, a member of the Life Sciences Division of the International Academy of Astronautics and past member of the Innovation Zone of Thessaloniki, Greece. He is/has been the Chairman/Organiser of nine international conferences (iSHIMR2001, iSHIMR2005, MEDICON2010, GASMA2010, SAN2011, MEI2012, ???2015, SAN2016, CBMS2017) and several national Biomedical Technology conferences. He is the Conference Producer of the Medical Education Informatics Conference and associated Spring/Summer School Series in Internet Sharing Technologies and Open Data. He is a visiting scientist at Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Knowledge Foundation and a founding member of Chapter Greece. In 2009, he was awarded the Prize of the AUTH Research Committee for the Best Track Record in funded research projects among AUTH young academic staff. In 2015, he was awarded the title of the Honorary Professor of Karaganda State Medical University, Kazakhstan, as well as the Pospelov Medal for his contributions to Medical Education development by the same University.
His research interests are within technology enhanced learning in Medical Education (web2.0, semantic web and open linked data, serious games, virtual patients, PBL and scenario based learning, learning analytics), Affective and Applied Neuroscience, Affective and Physiological Computing, multimodal interaction and HCI, Health Information Management, Bio-medical Informatics with emphasis on neurophysiological sensing, signal analysis, and imaging of human emotions. He is also actively researching Assistive Technologies for Active and Healthy Ageing, as well as, special education/developmental disorders, and silvergaming/exergaming/silver-science and the associated use of semantic technologies and IoT. Since 2012 he has established LLM Care ecosystem (www.llmcare.gr), the business exploitation of the LLM project, which is a candidate reference site of the EIP-on-AHA. In 2013 he established the Active and Healthy Ageing Living Lab in Thessaloniki (ThessAHALL; http://www.aha-livinglabs.com/) which in 2016 became an adherent member of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).
Recently, much emphasis has been given to continuous and unobtrusive monitoring of activities of daily living (ADLs) of senior people, in parallel to stealthing them with mind and/or body training through games (exergames). To a large extent, this has been a central and key development aspect/requirement in the active and healthy ageing (AHA) EU agenda. In most cases, these attempts have been conducted in rigid and controlled environments, where much of the conducted tests and interventions lose ecological validity. Hence, wild monitoring has been discussed as a likely resolution, challenged by big data burden and open data policies, but still driven towards its extremes of exploiting it as a health monitoring tool. For the latter to happen the collection and analysis of big ADL datasets as well as game metrics data and IoT-oriented infrastructures and implementations are deemed necessary. All these are expected to boost the above concepts along the pathway of quantifiable, cognitive and physical health and well-being. This keynote address will be enriched with IoT examples in “wild” AHA applications. Large scale IoT pilots are expected to demonstrate an added value, only under specific conditions, usually connected with integration and analysis of data collected through Open AHA Trials. The role of technology is pivotal in all these, but, as it will be shown in this talk, it is likely that it can also be a severe obstacle rather than a tool, unless past experiences are shared.
The Grey Digital Divide
University of Turku
Reima Suomi is a professor of Information Systems Science at University of Turku, and a part-time professor at Huazhong Normal University, Wuhan, Hubei, China, as well as a guest professor in Wuhan University of Business and Technology. He has been a professor at Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland since 1994. He is a docent for the universities of Turku and Oulu, Finland. Years 1992-93 he spent as a “Vollamtlicher Dozent” in the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, where he led a research project on business process re-engineering. Winter semester 2013-2014 he was a visiting professor at University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and at spring 2013 a visiting researcher at University of Münster, Germany. Currently he concentrates on topics around management of networked activities, including issues such as management of telecommunication networks, electronic and mobile services, virtual organizations, telework and competitive advantage through telecommunication-based information systems. Different governance structures applied to the management of IS and are enabled by IS belong too to his research agenda, as well as application of information systems in health care. Reima Suomi has together over 500 publications, and has published in journals such as Communications of the Association for Information Systems, CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, Information & Management, Information Services & Use, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Behaviour & Information Technology, Journal of Management History, Orthopaedic Nursing and Information Resources Management Journal. He has edited books for several publishers including Springer and Routledge. For the academic year 2001-2002 he was a senior researcher “varttunut tutkija” for the Academy of Finland, and the year 2013 he was on a sabbatical made possible by the Finnish professor grant system (Professoripooli). He is the founder of the conference series Well-being in the Information Society (WIS), active since 2006.
Individual’s health deteriorates as living years accumulate. The mounting years increase the demand for health and social services, but simultaneously unfortunately also undermine the capacity to utilize them. Aging population is in an especially difficult situation as services turn increasingly to electronic channels demanding wide-reaching self-service. This phenomenon has recently been called Grey Digital Divide. As any digital divide, it underlines that one part of population is at a disadvantaged position to utilize modern ICT resources and other services mediated through them as compared to others. Several financial, technical, societal, social, mental, cognitive and health-related reasons lead to digital divides, including Grey Digital Divide. This keynote elaborates on the root causes of Grey Digital Divide, the different manifestations of it, and proposes some solutions on what could be done to alleviate Grey Digital Divide.