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Title: Promotion of active ageing through interactive artificial agents in a smart environment
Authors: Menezes, Paulo 
Rocha, Rui P. 
Keywords: Multi-agent system; social robot; active ageing; physical activity
Issue Date: 2021
Project: EuroAGE project - Interreg V A Spain - Portugal program under Grant No. POCTEP-0043_ EUROAGE_4_E 
ActiVas project - Portugal 2020 Funds POCI-01-0247-FEDER-046101. IOE 
FCT/MCTES UIDB/00048/2020 
Serial title, monograph or event: SN Applied Sciences
Volume: 3
Issue: 5
Abstract: Societies in the most developed countries have witnessed a significant ageing of the population in recent decades, which increases the demand for healthcare services and caregivers. The development of technologies to help the elderly, so that they can remain active and independent for a longer time, helps to mitigate the sustainability problem posed in care services. This article follows this new trend, proposing a multi-agent system composed of a smart camera network, centralised planning agent, a virtual coach, and robotic exercise buddy, designed to promote regular physical activity habits among the elderly. The proposed system not only persuades the users to perform exercise routines, but also guides and accompanies them during exercises in order to provide effective training and engagement to the user. The different agents are combined in the system to exploit their complementary features in the quest for an effective and engaging training system. Three variants of the system, involving either a partial set of those agents or the full proposed system, were evaluated and compared through a pilot study conducted with 12 elderly users. The results demonstrate that all variants are able to guide the user in an exercise routine, but the most complete system that includes a robotic exercise buddy was the best scored by the participants
ISSN: 2523-3963
DOI: 10.1007/s42452-021-04567-8
Rights: openAccess
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