RFID in Healthcare and the Home

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Guest: Matthai Philipose

Matthai is a researcher at Intel Research Seattle and has been working on strategies for recognizing human activities through pervasive sensor deployments. What are the feasible activities that might be inferred from data collected in pervasive RFID deployments?

Matthai has particularly focused on elder care. Here, care providers monitor activities of daily living (ADLs) in order to make sure that all is well. Automatic tracking of such activities would greatly reduce cost of monitoring, the invasiveness of the monitoring (don't need to explicitly ask the elderly about sensitive activities), and opens up possibilities for real-time detection of emergencies. But the 24/7 systems also may eliminate the ability of the elderly to regulate the data that is collected about them, where with manual information collection, the elderly had the option of lying about certain things if they so chose. What are the tradeoffs to consider here? What issues might be generalized to other public RFID deployments?

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