Keynote Lecture

Human Centered Interfaces for Assisted Living

Prof. Ioannis Pitas

Prof. Ioannis Pitas

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


Assisted living has a particular social importance in most developed societies, due to the increased life expectancy of the general population and the ensuing ageing problems. It has also importance for the provision of improved home care in cases of disabled persons or persons suffering from certain diseases that have high social impact. This lecture will primarily focus on the description of the human centered interface specifications, research and implementations for systems geared towards the well-being of aged people. Two tasks will be investigated in more detail: a) nutrition support to prevent undernurishment/malnutrition and dehydration, and b) affective interfaces that can help assessing the emotional status of the elderly. Such interfaces can be supported by ambient intelligence and robotic technologies.

Brief biography of the Speaker

Ioannis Pitas received the Diploma (1980) and PhD degree (1985) in Electrical Engineering, both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Since 1994, he has been a Professor at the Department of Informatics of the same University. He leads funded R&D projects in CERTH/ITI. He is an IEEE fellow. He served as Visiting Professor and ASI fellow at the University of British Columbia, Canada, as Visiting Professor at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, at Tampere University of Technology, Finland, as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and as a Visiting Research Associate at the University of Toronto, Canada and at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany.

His current interests are in the areas of intelligent digital media, image/video processing (2D/3D) and human-centered interfaces. He has published over 640 papers, contributed in 32 books in his areas of interest and edited or (co-)authored another 8 books, among which there could be mentioned: "Nonlinear Digital Filters: Principles and Applications" (Kluwer, 1990), “3D image processing algorithms” (Wiley, 2000), “Digital Image Processing Algorithms” (Prentice Hall, 1993), “Digital image processing algorithms and applications” (Wiley, 2000). He has also been an invited speaker and/or member of the program committee of several scientific conferences and workshops. In the past he served as Associate Editor or co-Editor of four international journals and General or Technical Chair of three international conferences (including ICIP2001). He participated in 50 R&D projects primarily funded by the European Union and has been principal investigator/researcher in most of them. He has 11350+ citations to his work and H-index 53+.

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