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The Independent LifeStyle AssistantTM (I.L.S.A.): AI Lessons Learned



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In IAAI 04 San Jose CA July 25 29 2004 pages 852 857 The Independent LifeStyle AssistantTM I L S A AI Lessons Learned Karen Zita Haigh Liana M Kiff Janet Myers Valerie Guralnik Christopher W Geib John Phelps Tom Wagner Honeywell Laboratories 3660 Technology Drive Minneapolis MN 55418 karen haigh liana kiff honeywell com 2 System Description Abstract The Independent LifeStyle AssistantTM I L S A is an agentbased monitoring and support system to help elderly people to live longer in their homes by reducing caregiver burden I L S A is a multiagent system that incorporates a unified sensing model situation assessments response planning real time responses and machine learning This paper describes the some of the lessons we learned during the development and six month field study 1 Introduction Historically 43 of Americans over the age of 65 will enter a nursing home for at least one year We have been developing an alternative an automated monitoring and caregiving system called Independent LifeStyle AssistantTM I L S A 9 10 12 Researchers and manufacturers are developing a host of home automation devices that will be available in the near future I L S A s concept is to integrate these individual devices and augment them with reasoning capabilities to create an intelligent coherent useful assistant that helps people enjoy a prolonged independent lifestyle From January to July 2003 we field tested I L S A in the homes of eleven elderly adults The I L S A field test was designed to complete an end to end proof of concept It included continuous data collection and transmission via security sensors installed in the home data analysis information synthesis and information delivery to I L S A clients and their caregivers The test concentrated on monitoring two of the most significant Activities of Daily Life medication and mobility All ADL based monitoring was performed by family caregivers This paper describes the system we built outlines the field study and then describes



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