Libro recomendado: User Modeling and Adaptation for Daily Routines

“User Modeling and Adaptation for Daily Routines”
HCI Series de Springer.
Editores: Estefanía Martín, Pablo A. Haya y Rosa M. Carro.
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This book arises from the motivation of bringing to attention how adaptive methods and techniques can benefit people with special needs in their everyday lives. Assistive technologies, adaptive systems and context-aware applications are three well-established research fields. There is, in fact, a vast amount of literature that covers HCI-related issues in each area separately. However, the contributions in the intersection of these areas have been less visible, despite the fact the potential impact of such synergies may have on improving daily living. In this context, the workshops on “User Modeling and Adaptation for Daily Routines: Providing Assistance to People with Special and Specific Needs (UMADR)”, held at UMAP’2010 and UMAP’2011, respectively, sought to increase the visibility of these challenging works. The interest generated by these two editions gave the initial impulse of this book. The works presented in this book seek to reduce the obstacles encountered by individuals with special needs. Furthermore, they share two particular characteristics: (1) they provide assistance by means of interactive computer systems that can be adapted or adapt themselves to their current users; and (2) they focus on daily life routines rather than virtual access and interaction. We expand the definition of special needs in such a way that the reader can find works that impact on users traditionally considered with special needs, such as those with psychological or cognitive limitations, or elderly people, as well as people facing unusual routines such as health treatments. 

Regardless of the application-domain, the main goal here is to be able to provide a customizable assistance to users according to their context,that is, considering their capabilities, their preferences and needs, their location, or the available resources and devices (PDAs, smart phones, laptops, etc.). Clearly, modeling user’s capabilities, situations, limitations and needs is an essential task for adapting the activities to each user. Thus, this is also one of the key topics of discussion. 
This book pursues a comprehensive review of state-of-the-art practices on user modeling and adaptation for people with special needs, as well as the challenges to be addressed in order to achieve their actual deployment. Therefore, the book topics include analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of adaptive systems to assist users with special needs to take decisions and fulfill daily routine activities, with special emphasis on major trends in: modeling user features, limitations and special needs; representing daily activities, including potential difficulties and decisions to be taken; designing and building adaptive assistants for daily routines; and evaluating the use of this type of assistants.

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