Automation as Caregiver: The Role of Intelligent Technology in Elder Care
Papers from the AAAI Workshop
Karen Haigh, Chair
As the cognitive and physical health of elders begins to deteriorate, they require increasing assistance from caregivers. The strain on families and individuals is enormous. In many cases people are turning to technological solutions to aid in care giving for this elderly population. While much of this technology continues to occupy traditional assistive roles such as walking, door opening and communication, increasingly advanced technological solutions are now being proposed and developed to aid in monitoring, cognitive support and direct automation of tasks. In addition, failure to consider the humans' needs, desires, capabilities and limitations will lead to unsatisfactory technological solutions at best, and disasters at worst. By bringing together researchers from robotics, artificial intelligence and human factors, this workshop will help foster a coordinated solution for automation as caregiver for the elderly. We are interested in submissions covering both integrated solutions as well as particular components.