Activity-Centred Modelling of Knowledge and Interaction Tailored to Users

Nationella Demensdagen 2013

Posted on | March 10, 2013 | Comments Off on Nationella Demensdagen 2013

Helena Lindgren was invited to give a presentation about decision support in dementia care at the Swedish national dementia conference March 7 in Stockholm.

As-A-Pal Kitchen Demo Dec 6 2012

Posted on | December 13, 2012 | Comments Off on As-A-Pal Kitchen Demo Dec 6 2012

The first version of the As-A-Pal (smart) Kitchen was demonstrated by Dipak Surie, and the master students Berker Baydan and Arslan Qureshi.

The CS Research Day 2012

Posted on | December 7, 2012 | Comments Off on The CS Research Day 2012

Today the Department of Computing Science’s Annual Research Day was held. See the schedule for more information.

Chunli Yan new PhD Student!

Posted on | October 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Chunli Yan new PhD Student!

We are happy to welcome Chunli Yan as new PhD student in our research group. She has been working as developer during the past two years, in particular with the support systems for dementia care.

Read more about the state visit to South Korea

Posted on | June 11, 2012 | Comments Off on Read more about the state visit to South Korea

Lindgren was recently invited to South Korea to give a presentation at the Sweden – Korea Dementia Forum, arranged May 31 as part of the Swedish state visit to South Korea. Read more about the event on the Umeå University news pages and on the web page of department of Computing Science (in Swedish).

Agents Applied in Health Care 2012 @ AAMAS 2012 in Valencia

Posted on | June 5, 2012 | Comments Off on Agents Applied in Health Care 2012 @ AAMAS 2012 in Valencia

Juan Carlos Nieves and Farahnaz Yekeh have presented research results at the workshop Agents Applied in Health Care 2012, co-located with the AAMAS 2012 conference in Valencia. The titles of the papers are “A Qualitative Medical Diagnosis Approach based on Observer and Validating Agents” and “Agent-Supported Assessment for Personalized Ambient Assisted Living”.

Abstract for “A Qualitative Medical Diagnosis Approach based on Observer and Validating Agents”

“In this paper we introduce a multi-agent approach for dealing with medical qualitative diagnosis. This approach is based on BDI-agents which are called observer and validating agents. The observer agents are supported by a deductive inference process and the validating agents are supported by an abductive inference process. The knowledge bases of these agents are captured by a class of possibilistic logic programs. Hence these agents are able to deal with qualitative information. In order to manage an interaction between observer and validating agents, a deliberation dialogue process is defined. The approach is illustrated by real scenarios from diagnosing dementia disease.”

Abstract for “Agent-Supported Assessment for Personalized Ambient Assisted Living”

“Existing approaches to ambient assisted living (AAL) often fail to consider a human agent’s needs from a holistic perspective. In particular the regular assessment of their changing abilities, skills and limitations are often treated as a separate matter in healthcare, thereby affecting the possibilities to provide support tailored to their current condition. Therefore, the objective of this work is to integrate assessment done by the healthcare professional into the framework of AAL. We use a case scenario in the collaborative development with domain experts to demonstrate and develop the interaction between software agents and with the older adult in assessment and adaptation for supporting him/her in a home environment. The scenario also serves as an outline for a requirements analysis of the formal agent-based dialogues to be implemented. The results include a partial implementation of the scenario done by domain experts in their use of a semantic web-based knowledge and interaction modelling environment for domain professionals (ACKTUS). The resulting prototype applications are exemplified in a description of the scenario and an initial prototype implementation of selected agent-based diagnostic dialogues is presented. “

Helena Lindgren presents at the State Visit to South Korea May 31, 2012

Posted on | June 2, 2012 | Comments Off on Helena Lindgren presents at the State Visit to South Korea May 31, 2012

Helena Lindgren was invited as speaker at the Sweden Korea Dementia Forum, arranged as part of the Swedish State visit to South Korea May 31, 2012, participated by Her Majesty the Queen. The title of the talk was “Computer-Supported Diagnostic Reasoning in Dementia Care”. How knowledge-based technology can support and improve dementia care was presented, motivated by results and examples from the different research projects (e.g., DMSS-R, ACKTUS and ASAPAL).

The local host for the Forum was Dr. Daein Kang, Chair of the Daniel Medical Foundation, who also received the Nordstjärneordern from Their Majesties the King and Queen during the state visit for his work on improving dementia care. The Forum was held at the Bucheon Medical Center, newly built inspired by the Swedish geratric care. At this center DMSS-R is used, which is the decision-support application for diagnosing dementia developed by Helena Lindgren in collaboration with geriatricians.

The event was presented in Korean news and on the royal web page.

Abstract:

“There is a growing international awareness that dementia diseases are a major concern for societies with a growing proportion of older adults. Consensus guidelines for diagnostics and treatment provision are developed in an international research effort to provide the support for local daily practice to increase its quality and professionals’ knowledge. The application of evidence-based research in the meeting with patients in clinical practice can be facilitated through computer-based support systems, carefully designed for the purpose. We present results and experiences from the development of a system for dementia diagnosis and care. The goal is to provide knowledge-based support for reasoning, decision-making and a continuing medical education to the medical professional using the system, motivated by the patient’s need for early diagnosis and appropriate and timely interventions. Important aspects to acknowledge in the development and deployment of knowledge-based systems for dementia care will be discussed. A vision will be shared of reasoning support tailored to a physician’s and other health care professionals’ experiences, knowledge and skills. Moreover, this support for reasoning and decision-making should also support experience, knowledge and skill evolvement in a collaborative care provision.”

SAIS workshop

Posted on | May 16, 2012 | Comments Off on SAIS workshop

Juan Carlos Nieves, Farahnaz Yekeh and Jaya Baskar presented ongoing research at the Swedish Artificial Intelligence workshop 2012, this year held in Örebro.

We welcome Jayalakshmi and Esteban Guerrero

Posted on | April 3, 2012 | Comments Off on We welcome Jayalakshmi and Esteban Guerrero

We welcome Jayalakshmi Baskar and Esteban Guerrero who have joined as new doctoral students.

Welcome Juan Carlos Nieves

Posted on | March 3, 2012 | Comments Off on Welcome Juan Carlos Nieves

We are happy to welcome Juan Carlos Nieves, who will join the team for the coming two years as researcher.

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