Section: Overall Objectives

Research Avenues

The activities of the Phoenix group revolve around two main avenues of research.

First, a design-driven software development approach that leverages programming languages principles and techniques to guide and support the development of applications orchestrating networked entities. Second, cognitive digital assistance that exploits the capabilities of smart spaces to provide services that compensate or remediate cognitive difficulties.

In practice, Phoenix has developed DiaSuite, a tool-supported methodology for both the development and verification of applications orchestrating networked entities. DiaSuite is used to propose an assisted living platform named HomeAssist. This platform is deployed in our research apartment where a variety of scenarios are explored using a range of sensing/actuating capabilities and assistive applications. Moreover, a dedicated version of HomeAssist is now deployed in the home of 24 older adults in the Bordeaux area and will be deployed in the home of adults with Intellectual Disability in 2016. Beyond the home, Phoenix studies mobile cognitive support based on tablet. In particular, we have developed cognitive assistive technology for the inclusion of children with Autism in mainstreamed environment.