Author: Jesús Fontecha Diezma

Supervisor: Prof. José Bravo Rodríguez and Prof. Ramón Hervás Lucas

January 2014

This doctoral thesis proposes a system for supporting physicians and geriatricians in frailty detection and diagnosis, by using smartphones and accelerometer sensors in combination with a set of clinical parameters associated with fragility. In addition to developing the system, this work also presents the methods and procedures needed to set up several aspects of frailty assessment in ubiquitous and healthcare environments, by using a service-based approach.

Applying classification mechanisms and similarity algorithms as part of the assessment, is another contribution of this work, taking into account the difficulty of a comprehensive assessment of frailty nowadays. Similarly, a mobile application has been developed to provide the geriatrician a tool which encourages the visualization and interpretation of frailty results facilitating the clinical decision-making.

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Author: Vladimir Villarreal Contreras

Supervisor: Prof. José Bravo Rodríguez and Prof. Ramón Hervás Lucas

July 2012

This thesis has been developed with the purpose of offering technological solutions that allow patients improved and timelier follow-up and control of their disease, offering constant and timely responses. A conceptual framework called "MoMo" (Mobile Monitoring) allows for the development of parameterized mobile applications. This is conducive to medical tracking through mobile devices, which are in daily use by the patient, and biometric devices that currently offer high technological performance.

The applications based on the framework are generic, adaptable, remote and mobile. Generic, because they allow for the development of applications for multiple diseases following the conceptual design of the developed framework. Adaptable, because they offer services tailored to each type of disease and personalize the user’s characteristics, making the interaction more transparent. Remote, because the medical staff can be aware of data obtained by the patient biometric devices through the mobile device in a non-intrusive manner. Mobile, because development is based on the integration of small size, portable and wireless devices. These applications provide greater autonomy for the patient.


Author: Salvador W. Nava Díaz

Supervisor: Prof. José Bravo Rodríguez and Prof. Ramón Hervás Lucas

October 2010

This thesis deals with the proposal of a framework and an architecture that allow the design and modeling of environments able to perceive the context-awareness through tagging. In this proposal, we have carried out an analysis of the domain related with the context-awareness. Thus, we have defined the relevant entities of the environment such as areas, devices, objects and users, as well as the contextual information acquired from the actions performed with these entities. In this way, the architecture can support and provide (implicit) adaptive services, not only to the user interacting with the entities in a certain moment, but also to other users; these users can receive context-awareness services subsequently, in a proactive way. On the other hand, the model includes a grammar to represent the dynamic behavior of the environment, a classification of the interactions, and mechanisms to implement the context-awareness services by means of tagging.

This Ph.D. Thesis pretends to provide a model for taking advantage of the actions carried out by the users and, in consequence, offer better services in an implicit way, helping in the development of user’s activities. Basically, these characteristics are activated by means of the link of contextual information with relevant entities of the environment, and by mechanisms to give the needed support for generating context-awareness services through tagging. Thus, the effort made by the users is reduced considerably.

Author: Gabriel Chavira Juárez

Supervisor: Prof. José Bravo Rodríguez

July 2009

The vision of the Ambient Intelligence, which is an evolution of the Ubiquitous Computing, it proposes a new way of think about the computers, which will disappear in the environment, so that this perceiving and responding automatically, to the single presence of the people, creating smart environment. The human-smart environment interaction, will have to imply the minimum interactive effort, to be most similar possible to the interaction between people. For this, the environment will have to be able to perceive all the interaction techniques.

In this thesis, a proposal is presented that allows incorporating to the environment the perception of the touch interaction, in order that this one generates services, not only to the users that participate in the interaction, but in addition to all the users to the surroundings who are related.The elaborated proposal realizes an analysis of the dominion associated with a touch interaction, and so the entities are defined that can participate in them, as well as the necessary capacities and properties so that the interaction can be perceived by the applications that will manage the environment, and so PICTAC system is designed. Also there appears a combination of technologies considers that satisfy all the requirements established by the proposed system. In order to validate the realized investigation, the AwareLab-pictac module has been developed, to offer services to the members of a research group, by means of the touch interaction.