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Nikolaos Bourbakis (Committee Chair), Soon Chung (Committee Member), Yong Pei (Committee Member)

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


A system for assisting the elderly in maintaining independent living is currently being designed. When mature, it is expected that this system will have the ability to track objects that a resident may lose periodically, detect falls within the home, and alert family members or health care professionals to abnormal behaviors.

This thesis addresses the early stages of this system's development. It presents a survey of the work that has previously been completed in the area of surveillance within a home environment, information on the physical characteristics of the system that is being designed, early results related to this system, and guidance on the future work that will have to be completed.

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Department or Program

Department of Computer Science

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