Health assistance for immigrants

Plumbaum, T., Klein-Ellinghaus, F., Reeske, A., Pelz, K. and Hopfgartner, F. (2015) Health assistance for immigrants. In: Hopfgartner, F. (ed.) Smart Information Systems: Computational Intelligence for Real-Life Applications. Series: Advances in computer vision and pattern recognition. Springer Verlag, pp. 75-97. ISBN 9783319141787 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-14178-7_3)

Full text not currently available from Enlighten.

Publisher's URL:


Our personal health should be one of our main concerns, but unfortunately, due to modern lifestyle, far too many people ignore their own well-being. Consequently, methodologies need to be developed that assist us in living a healthier life. In this chapter, we present a health assistance system for immigrants. The system consists of two parts: A health information system that allows users to search for health information using natural language queries composed of multiple languages and a prevention service that assists users in their cooking routine and motivates them to perform frequent physical exercises. The information system uses NLP techniques to understand the user query, matches it to a health ontology we developed, and offers the user a comprehensive answer. The prevention service is embedded in a smart home environment. We present the technical details of both systems and show a user study to demonstrate that the system works well in providing highly relevant health information.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hopfgartner, Dr Frank
Authors: Plumbaum, T., Klein-Ellinghaus, F., Reeske, A., Pelz, K., and Hopfgartner, F.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Publisher:Springer Verlag
Related URLs:

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record