Publications by authors named "Roberto Casas"

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Based Wireless Sensor Network for Marine-Coastal Environment Monitoring.

Sensors (Basel) 2017 Feb 24;17(3). Epub 2017 Feb 24.

Centro de Investigación Científica de Educación Superior de Ensenada Unidad de La Paz, La Paz 23050, Mexico.

Marine environments are delicate ecosystems which directly influence local climates, flora, fauna, and human activities. Their monitorization plays a key role in their preservation, which is most commonly done through the use of environmental sensing buoy networks. These devices transmit data by means of satellite communications or close-range base stations, which present several limitations and elevated infrastructure costs. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are another alternative for remote environmental monitoring which provide new types of data and ease of use. These aircraft are mainly used in video capture related applications, in its various light spectrums, and do not provide the same data as sensing buoys, nor can they be used for such extended periods of time. The aim of this research is to provide a flexible, easy to deploy and cost-effective Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) for monitoring marine environments. This proposal uses a UAV as a mobile data collector, low-power long-range communications and sensing buoys as part of a single WSN. A complete description of the design, development, and implementation of the various parts of this system is presented, as well as its validation in a real-world scenario.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/s17030460DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5375746PMC
February 2017

Managing Emergency Situations in the Smart City: The Smart Signal.

Sensors (Basel) 2015 Jun 18;15(6):14370-96. Epub 2015 Jun 18.

Aragón Institute of Engineering Research (I3A), Universidad Zaragoza, Edificio IDi, Mariano Esquillor s/n, Zaragoza 50018, Spain.

In a city there are numerous items, many of them unnoticed but essential; this is the case of the signals. Signals are considered objects with reduced technological interest, but in this paper we prove that making them smart and integrating in the IoT (Internet of Things) could be a relevant contribution to the Smart City. This paper presents the concept of Smart Signal, as a device conscious of its context, with communication skills, able to offer the best message to the user, and as a ubiquitous element that contributes with information to the city. We present the design considerations and a real implementation and validation of the system in one of the most challenging environments that may exist in a city: a tunnel. The main advantages of the Smart Signal are the improvement of the actual functionality of the signal providing new interaction capabilities with users and a new sensory mechanism of the Smart City.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/s150614370DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4507667PMC
June 2015

E-servant: an intelligent, programmable system to support and integrate assisted living technologies.

Healthc Technol Lett 2014 Jun 25;1(2):64-7. Epub 2014 Apr 25.

HOWLab , Universidad de Zaragoza , Zaragoza , Spain.

The 'E-servant', a programmable system to control and manage assistive technologies, telehealth and telecare devices in a home environment is presented. The E-servant is programmed using a simple graphical interface that allows the user to build a dialogue in the form of a production rule system, which is triggered by a patient- or technology-initiated event. The patient interacts with the system through a personalised user interface to reach their goal of completing a task. These tasks, which the authors call 'scenarios', can be designed for users of different abilities (cognitive and/or physical). They can also be given priority levels, for example if a potential emergency situation arises in the patient's home, a scenario associated with the sensing of this event takes highest priority. The research presented in this Letter outlines the E-servant, its programming tool and reports its evaluation in living laboratory settings. The results suggest that it can be used as a central management system for supporting an integrated support environment for facilitating healthcare and activities of daily living, especially for older patients.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1049/htl.2014.0052DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4613554PMC
June 2014

A smart kitchen for ambient assisted living.

Sensors (Basel) 2014 Jan 17;14(1):1629-53. Epub 2014 Jan 17.

Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Ingeniería de Aragón, Universidad de Zaragoza, C\Mariano Esquillor s/n, Zaragoza 50018, Spain.

The kitchen environment is one of the scenarios in the home where users can benefit from Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) applications. Moreover, it is the place where old people suffer from most domestic injuries. This paper presents a novel design, implementation and assessment of a Smart Kitchen which provides Ambient Assisted Living services; a smart environment that increases elderly and disabled people's autonomy in their kitchen-related activities through context and user awareness, appropriate user interaction and artificial intelligence. It is based on a modular architecture which integrates a wide variety of home technology (household appliances, sensors, user interfaces, etc.) and associated communication standards and media (power line, radio frequency, infrared and cabled). Its software architecture is based on the Open Services Gateway initiative (OSGi), which allows building a complex system composed of small modules, each one providing the specific functionalities required, and can be easily scaled to meet our needs. The system has been evaluated by a large number of real users (63) and carers (31) in two living labs in Spain and UK. Results show a large potential of system functionalities combined with good usability and physical, sensory and cognitive accessibility.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/s140101629DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3926629PMC
January 2014

Study of the therapeutic effects of a hippotherapy simulator in children with cerebral palsy: a stratified single-blind randomized controlled trial.

Clin Rehabil 2012 Dec 18;26(12):1105-13. Epub 2012 May 18.

San Jorge University, Spain.

Objective: To investigate whether hippotherapy (when applied by a simulator) improves postural control and balance in children with cerebral palsy.

Design: Stratified single-blind randomized controlled trial with an independent assessor. Stratification was made by gross motor function classification system levels, and allocation was concealed.

Subjects: Children between 4 and 18 years old with cerebral palsy.

Interventions: Participants were randomized to an intervention (simulator ON) or control (simulator OFF) group after getting informed consent. Treatment was provided once a week (15 minutes) for 10 weeks.

Main Measures: Gross Motor Function Measure (dimension B for balance and the Total Score) and Sitting Assessment Scale were carried out at baseline (prior to randomization), end of intervention and 12 weeks after completing the intervention.

Results: Thirty-eight children participated. The groups were balanced at baseline. Sitting balance (measured by dimension B of the Gross Motor Function Measure) improved significantly in the treatment group (effect size = 0.36; 95% CI 0.01-0.71) and the effect size was greater in the severely disabled group (effect size = 0.80; 95% CI 0.13-1.47). The improvements in sitting balance were not maintained over the follow-up period. Changes in the total score of the Gross Motor Function Measure and the Sitting Assessment Scale were not significant.

Conclusion: Hippotherapy with a simulator can improve sitting balance in cerebral palsy children who have higher levels of disability. However, this did not lead to a change in the overall function of these children (Gross Motor Function Classification System level V).
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0269215512444633DOI Listing
December 2012

Study of the therapeutic effects of an advanced hippotherapy simulator in children with cerebral palsy: a randomised controlled trial.

BMC Musculoskelet Disord 2010 Apr 16;11:71. Epub 2010 Apr 16.

Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad San Jorge, Autovía A 23 Zaragoza-Huesca, km 510, 50830 Villanueva de Gállego Zaragoza, Spain.

Background: Although hippotherapy treatment has been demonstrated to have therapeutic effects on children with cerebral palsy, the samples used in research studies have been very small. In the case of hippotherapy simulators, there are no studies that either recommend or advise against their use in the treatment of children with cerebral palsy. The aim of this randomised clinical study is to analyse the therapeutic effects or the contraindications of the use of a commercial hippotherapy simulator on several important factors relating to children with cerebral palsy such as their motor development, balance control in the sitting posture, hip abduction range of motion and electromyographic activity of adductor musculature.

Methods/design: The study is a randomised controlled trial. It will be carried out with a sample of 37 children with cerebral palsy divided into two treatment groups. Eligible participants will be randomly allocated to receive either (a) Treatment Group with hippotherapy simulator, maintaining sitting posture, with legs in abduction and rhythmic movement of the simulator or (b) Treatment Group maintaining sitting posture, with legs in abduction and without rhythmic movement of the simulator.

Data Collection And Analysis: all measurements will be carried out by a specially trained blind assessor. To ensure standardization quality of the assessors, an inter-examiner agreement will be worked out at the start of the study. The trial is funded by the Department of Research, Innovation and Development of the Regional Government of Aragon (Official Bulletin of Aragon 23 July 2007), project number PM059/2007.

Discussion: Interest in this project is due to the following factors: Clinical originality (there are no previous studies analysing the effect of simulators on the population group of children with CP, nor any studies using as many variables as this project); Clinical impact (infantile cerebral palsy is a chronic multisystemic condition that affects not only the patient but also the patient's family and their close circle of friends); Practical benefits (the development of an effective treatment is very important for introducing this element into the rehabilitation of these children).

Trial Registration: Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN03663478.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2474-11-71DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2864204PMC
April 2010

Connectivity for healthcare and well-being management: examples from six European projects.

Int J Environ Res Public Health 2009 07 6;6(7):1947-71. Epub 2009 Jul 6.

Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, Devon, UK.

Technological advances and societal changes in recent years have contributed to a shift in traditional care models and in the relationship between patients and their doctors/carers, with (in general) an increase in the patient-carer physical distance and corresponding changes in the modes of access to relevant care information by all groups. The objective of this paper is to showcase the research efforts of six projects (that the authors are currently, or have recently been, involved in), CAALYX, eCAALYX, COGKNOW, EasyLine+, I2HOME, and SHARE-it, all funded by the European Commission towards a future where citizens can take an active role into managing their own healthcare. Most importantly, sensitive groups of citizens, such as the elderly, chronically ill and those suffering from various physical and cognitive disabilities, will be able to maintain vital and feature-rich connections with their families, friends and healthcare providers, who can then respond to, and prevent, the development of adverse health conditions in those they care for in a timely manner, wherever the carers and the people cared for happen to be.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph6071947DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2738891PMC
July 2009
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