Automated Elder Home Care: Long Term Adaptive Aiding and Support We Can Live With

Christopher A. Miller, Peggy Wu, Kathleen Krichbaum, and Liana Kiff

We have been working on home automation to support eldercare. This is an instance of long term human-automation interaction in very intimate and personal settings with a potentially difficult user population. We report our design philosophy and some of the lessons learned relative to that philosophy from a six month field test with representatives of this user community. As a separate research thread, we report on the importance of "etiquette" in human-automation interactions in this domain, along with some initial models and findings about how to configure human-automation reminder interactions to support long-term "livability."

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