Giroux, Sylvain (Université de Sherbrooke) | Bier, Nathalie (Université de Montréal) | Pigot, Hélène (Université de Sherbrooke) | Bouchard, Bruno (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi) | Bouzouane, Abdenour (University du Québec à Chicoutimi) | Levasseur, Mélanie (Université de Sherbrooke) | Couture, Mélanie (Center of Research and Expertise in Social Gerontology, Montréal) | Bottari, Carolina (Université de Montréal) | Swaine, Bonnie (Université de Montréal) | Therriault, Pierre-Yves (University du Québec à Trois-Rivières) | Bouchard, Kevin (Université de Sherbrooke) | Morellec, Fanny Le (Université de Sherbrooke) | Pinard, Stéphanie (Université de Sherbrooke) | Azzi, Sabrina (University du Quebec à Chicoutimi) | Olivares, Marisnel (Université de Sherbrooke) | Zayani, Taoufik (Université de Sherbrooke) | Dorze, Guylaine Le (Université de Montréal) | Loor, Pierre De (Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieur de Brest) | Thépaut, André (Telecom Bretagne, Brest) | Pévédic, Brigitte Le (Université de Bretagne-Sud)
This paper first sketches a living lab infrastructure installed in an alternative housing unit built to host 10 people with traumatic brain injury. It then presents the first research project in progress within this living lab. This interdisciplinary project aims at designing, implementing, deploying, and assessing a personalized assistive technology (PAT). Based on the needs and expectations expressed by the residents, their caregivers and their families, a cooking assistant appeared as one of the best suited PAT to foster residents autonomy and social participation. The resulting PAT will rely on pervasive computing and ambient intelligence. It will then be personalized according to each participant's capacities and specific cognitive impairments. The impact of the assistant on autonomy and quality of life will then be measured. The overall organizational impact of such assistive technology will be also documented and evaluated.
To build an effective and scalable solution, developers need technology that can be deployed around the world and still provide results with high confidence. To that end, we've spent the last year investing in making our Cognitive Services enterprise-ready and bringing them to general availability, ready for production use. Cognitive Services are a set of intelligent APIs and services that are used by more than 1.2 million developers and thousands of businesses throughout 150 countries across every industry from retail to healthcare to public sector to manufacturing and non-profit organizations. We've deployed more services into the Azure data centers around the world, written more documentation in multiple developer languages, re-architected products to change the way we store and retain data in order to give controls to users over their data, adhering to the highest standards available. All while meeting strict SLA standards that we require for every Azure service.
The number of factors that may be tied to an increased likelihood of dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment is continuing to grow. Handgrip strength -- a measure of how strongly someone can grip something and an indication of the health of their hands and arms -- may be another thing to add to the list. In a new study, researchers have concluded that poor grip strength may be an indicator of cognitive impairment, which can be a sign of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Each 5 kilogram reduction in grip strength -- for reference, a 30-year-old man has a grip strength of about 40 kg on average -- was associated with an 18 percent greater chance of severe cognitive impairment, the study stated. The researchers concluded that doctors might consider looking at grip strength in assessments of cognitive function.
Cognitive computing – technologies that can learn and reason – are being applied with increasing frequency by leading Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 companies. IDC, the highly respected technology research firm, estimates that by 2020, 50 percent of all business analytics software will incorporate cognitive computing functionality. It promises a dramatic shift in technology's role in the business. Cognitive technologies go past automation and analytics – providing a solution that can actually understand, learn, and think through any objective, process, problem, or question you present. Having worked in the procurement profession for years, it's clear to me that cognitive technologies will change how procurement operates and disrupt industries, just like major technological innovations that have come before (e.g., e-sourcing, the Internet, cloud-based solutions).
You remember during the campaign that when he "released his medical records," they were--I think "skimpy" would be a fair assessment. And there was no psychological assessment, no cognitive assessment. But yes, so this is completely hypothetical, because it does not seem that he's interested in being that transparent. On the other hand, this is something that policymakers and legislators have grappled with, because there is the 25th Amendment, which allows a way for the Cabinet to make an assessment. Not themselves--because most Cabinet officials are not physicians, let alone neurologists--but with some kind of expert input, to draw conclusions about whether the president is cognitively able to carry out the duties of his office, and there's a mechanism for addressing that.