Norbert Noury

Full Professor, University Lyon / INL CNRS 5270, Lyon, France


Norbert Noury is an expert in the field of "smart health sensors", Ambient Assisted Living environments and Ubiquitous Health monitoring systems. He received the MSC Electronics (1985) and PhD Applied Physics (1992) from Grenoble University. After 8 years in various industrial companies (1985-93), he joined the Grenoble University (1993) where he initiated a new research activity on Health Smart Homes and wearable health sensors. Norbert Noury is a full Professor at the University of Lyon (2008). He guided 20 PhD students, authored over 200 scientific papers (H index 29), holds 15 patents in the field of Biomedical Engineering and is a recognized expert at the European Commission. He is also frequently involved in the organization committees of international scientific events (IEEE-EMBC2007, IEEE-Healthcom2010, pHealth2011, member steering Committee of the IEEE-Healthcom,…).

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Health Smart Homes...and Beyond

The main thesis in this presentation is that it is possible to allow for a more optimistic way of aging with the use of information technologies as “enablers”. With the collection of various information on the field, the use of data fusion mechanisms to produce higher level information on the trends (trajectory) of Health, with the production of adapted feedbacks which will motivate and accompany the person (coaching). This should also address the two other types of actors in home, that are the professionals and the informal carers.

Therefore, the introduction of technologies in the personal home, and in the professional activities, must be questioned in terms of acceptations to avoid the risk of rejection. But the ICT are prone to be intrusive and will modify the relationships and interactions to others and to places. Therefore we must envisage the impact of the introduction of ICT in home, that is to select tools and metrics.

The major source of information we can collect at home comes from the monitoring of the activities of the subject in terms of intensity and variety. Again we need some metrics. What do we need to measure and what do we do with the collected information?

As a conclusion we want to consider Health Smart Homes not only as a problem to solve in itself, but furthermore as a more general paradigm of the more and more complex problems humans will have to solve in the near future. Obviously, more and more problems are a complex mix of different points of views from science, technology, usages, ergonomics, and sociology. From the ergonomic point of view we must be more prospective .What we learned is that we need to work together, to share our knowledges, to expand our own understanding, to be more integrative, also more flexibles and modests.