4th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Achieving human-agent teamwork in eHealth based pervasive intelligent environments

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2010.8889,
        author={Matthew Ball and Vic Callaghan and Michael Gardner and Dirk Trossen},
        title={Achieving human-agent teamwork in eHealth based pervasive intelligent environments},
        proceedings={4th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2010},
        month={6},
        keywords={intelligent environments; human-agent teamwork;pervasive eHealth; adjustable autonomy},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2010.8889}
    }
    
  • Matthew Ball
    Vic Callaghan
    Michael Gardner
    Dirk Trossen
    Year: 2010
    Achieving human-agent teamwork in eHealth based pervasive intelligent environments
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2010.8889
Matthew Ball1,*, Vic Callaghan1, Michael Gardner1, Dirk Trossen2
  • 1: School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, Colchester, UK
  • 2: BT Research, Adastral Park, Ipswich, UK
*Contact email: mhball@essex.ac.uk

Abstract

Pervasive intelligent environments, such as digital homes, offer huge potentials for eHealth services. However, there is a question as to how best to manage (i.e. configure and program) these systems. The majority of solutions to-date rely exclusively on either end users or autonomous agents to manage the environment, which may not be suitable for all users and in certain situations, especially in eHealth applications where uses may have very specific requirements that can change considerably over time. In this work-in-progress paper we argue that human-agent teamwork is vital for the adoption of future pervasive computing systems into our everyday lives; we discuss these issues, exposing the problem of exclusive management and we explore a solution, presenting our novel architecture for an adjustable autonomy agent that enables human-agent based teamwork. This work contributes to the PAL project: a collaborative research effort between University of Essex, BT, University of Cambridge and Ericsson.