Virtual communities and elderly support

Luis M. Camarinha-Matos, Hamideh Afsarmanesh

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This paper introduces the European IST project TeleCARE that aims to design and develop a configurable framework for virtual communities focused on supporting assistance to elderly people. The main innovative aspects introduced in the design of TeleCARE project and addressed in this paper features its tele-supervision and tele-assistance, based on the integration of multi-agent and federated information management approaches, introducing the concept of federated agency. Federated agencies comprise both stationary and mobile intelligent agents, combined with the services that are likely to be offered by the emerging ubiquitous computing and intelligent home appliances.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Automation, Multimedia and Video Systems, and Modern Computer Science
PublisherWorld Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9608052440
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Federated information management
  • Intelligent agents
  • Remote sensing
  • Tele-healthcare


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