Maria Claudia Buzzi

Maria Claudia Buzzi
Italian National Research Council | CNR · Institute of Informatics and Telematics IIT

computer science

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Starting from the assumption that mood has a central role in domain-specific persuasion systems for well-being, the main goal of this study was to investigate the feasibility and acceptability of single-input methods to assess momentary mood as a medium for further interventions in health-related mobile apps destined for mature women. To this aim,...
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p>Oral health care can be a challenging experience for children with autism, for their parents and for dentists. Recently, some technology-enhanced systems have been proposed to help people with autism to cope with distressing situations originated by unknown social-life contexts, such as dental care settings with intense sound-visual stimulations....
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This paper describes an accessible web app for mobile devices that serves as a support tool to teach students with autism the basics of music using a virtual piano keyboard. Within the app, learning material is presented in a gradual and structured way, in which each educational unit can be customized according to students’ needs and preferences; f...
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We present an emoji picker designed to enrich emojis selection on mobile devices using audio cues. The aim is to make emojis selection more intuitive by better identify their meanings. Unlike the typical emoji input components currently in use (known as “pickers”), in our component each emotion-related item is represented by both an emoji and a non...
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Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show worse oral health than their peers. Their access to health services is, at present, inadequate: few high-quality interventions have been designed and implemented to improve their care procedures so far. The purpose of this study is to describe an experience of dental care supported by Information an...
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Today, ICT technology offers mobile, customized user-friendly environments to support learning and stimulate an individual’s potential. However, technology-enhanced learning tools are usually designed without accessibility in mind, undermining the inclusion of people with special needs. To reduce this gap, we have created a Web platform for deliver...
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Guidelines for teaching music to children with autism mainly focus on the environment and activities, often neglecting how to deliver music instructions in an accessible and effective way. Technology-enhanced intervention offers a structured, repeatable, and coherent training environment, which can be modulated according to the student's needs. The...
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Music can be a powerful therapy for many conditions, including autism syndrome. Technology is usually intrinsically attractive for children with autism, who often interact with apps on tablets and smartphones. It can offer structured, repeatable, and coherent training tools, customizable according to the student’s need and preferences. Although man...
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Menopause is a natural part of women's aging, but is often accompanied by an increased cardiometabolic risk (CMR), of which most women are unaware. Preventive self-care via mobile health applications (apps) is a promising way to address this issue, but research on apps for middle-aged women is limited. Further, modeling such risk is no trivial task...
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Children with autism perceive sensory experiences differently and have problems accepting unknown social contexts. In a dental care setting, there are many strong sound-visual stimuli, which are usually not found in known environments such as home or school. This usually upsets a child with autism, often forcing dentists to administer an anesthetic...
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The advent of the Internet has shaped our life in every field including study, work, social interaction, free time, and politics. In the sector of Public Administration (PA) and services delivered to citizens, benefits include better access to a vast amount of information, saving time, simplified services, and increased transparency. However, PA se...
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The menopause transition is associated with physiological changes that increase women's cardiovascular and metabolic risk. Healthier and more conscious behavior in specific areas (diet, physical activity, smoking, etc.) can mitigate this risk. However, in order to modify such behavior, women must be aware of the need to use endogenous and exogenous...
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We present a novel approach in the design of self-care applications aimed at women in pre-menopause and menopause, which is based on the use fuzzy rule-based systems (FRBS) for the description of women's health status, behavior, and personality traits, as well as the provision of adaptive interventions. Our main goal is to develop a personalized so...
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The dental health of children with autism presents many challenges, since they usually perceive sensory experiences differently and have problems accepting unknown social contexts. In a dental care setting, there are many strong sound-visual stimulations that are not experienced in any other setting. This usually upsets a patient with autism, often...
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It is increasingly evident that engaging in regular physical activity is important for people’s health and well-being. However, physical training is still a big challenge for individuals with cognitive disabilities since it is difficult to motivate them and provide them with sustained pleasant training experiences over time. Active Video Games and...
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Despite the recent increase in research and development of mobile self-care tools, there are very few solutions regarding the prevention of negative health effects of menopause. Moreover, most of these solutions are not based on well-founded user models, such as personas, and fail to seize the potential of persuasive mobile technology, which result...
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This study investigates whether ICT technology can enhance applied behavior analysis (ABA) rehabilitation therapy for children with autism. A technology-enhanced rehabilitation system to support the daily work of ABA tutors, parents and teachers was created, involving ABA experts and parents of autistic children in the entire design phase, in order...
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The world population is rapidly aging and becoming a burden to health systems around the world. In this work we present a conceptual framework to encourage the research community to develop more comprehensive and adaptive ICT solutions for prevention and rehabilitation of chronic conditions in the daily life of the aging population and beyond healt...
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Dental health in children with autism presents many challenges, due to their different perception of sensory experience and difficulty accepting unknown social contexts. The dental care setting presents strong sound-visual stimulations that can upset a patient with autism, often forcing dentists to administer chemical sedation in order to deliver d...
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This study investigates the use of social networks as a scientific tool for gathering medical data from young subjects while promoting healthier habits. Our first hypothesis is that social networks can facilitate epidemiological studies, reducing time and cost. The second question is whether social networks can enable the collection of data from yo...
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We present an analysis of how visually impaired people perform gestures on touch-screen smartphones and report their preferences, explaining the procedure and technical implementation that we followed to collect gesture samples. To that end, we recruited 36 visually impaired participants and divided them into two main groups of low-vision and blind...
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Menopause is an inevitable natural transition in a woman's life. However, many women are not conscious of the changes related to menopause and the eventual consequences for their health. Given the prevalent daily-use of smartphones, a mobile app that empowers and coaches women before and after menopause is a promising solution to this issue. Becaus...
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Learning environments have been profoundly reshaped by pervasive technology. New educational methodologies take full advantage of ICT in a mobile customized user-friendly environment, to support learning and stimulate individuals' potential. Unfortunately, technology-enhanced learning tools are not often designed with accessibility in mind, althoug...
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Learning environments have been profoundly reshaped by pervasive technology. New educational methodologies take full advantage of ICT in a mobile customized user-friendly environment, to support learning and stimulate individuals’ potential. Unfortunately, technology-enhanced learning tools are not often designed with accessibility in mind, althoug...
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In this report, we share our experience and observations on the challenges blind people face with text entry on touch-based mobile phones, particularly from the perspective of one of the authors, who is blind. To better understand these issues we developed and tested Multimodal Text Input Touchscreen Keypad (MTITK), an audio-tactile text entry prot...
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The current aging of the population is linked to many societal challenges, especially in healthcare. Co-morbid chronic conditions are prevalent in older age and drastically affect people's wellbeing, but they are difficult to study due to the many health determinants involved. For this reason, we propose a multidisciplinary ICT-based approach for t...
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In this study we investigated how visually impaired people perform gestures on touch-screen smartphones. To this end, we recruited 36 visually impaired participants to explore differences and preferences in carrying out a set of gestures, selected according to certain characteristics (e.g., shape, number of fingers or strokes, etc.). For this purpo...
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Geometry is a traditionally difficult subject to teach to visually impaired subjects. This paper investigates tools to help blind children learn geometry. An accessible vibro-tactile-based android application has been designed to allow children to make freehand drawings and play with geometry, recognizing common geometric shapes or topological conf...
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Nowadays touchscreen smartphones are the most common kind of mobile devices. However, gesture-based interaction is a difficult task for most visually impaired people, and even more so for blind people. This difficulty is compounded by the lack of standard gestures and the differences between the main screen reader platforms available on the market....
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In this paper, we investigate tools to support blind children’s learning geometry, a topic traditionally difficult to teach to visually impaired subjects. We created an accessible android application designed to allow children to make freehand drawings and play with geometry, recognizing common geometric shapes or topological configurations. An ini...
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Collaborative tools enable teachers and students to easily create and share knowledge as well as edit content in a cooperative way anytime, anywhere, and with various devices. However, technical barriers increase difficulties for users with special needs if interfaces are not designed with accessibility in mind. Blind people in particular may exper...
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Adults with Down Syndrome show a clear genetic susceptibility to developing Alzheimer’s Disease, the most common cause of dementia worldwide. In this paper we describe a set of computer-based exercises designed for cognitive training of adults with Down Syndrome. The aim is to provide tele-rehabilitation via a Web application that can be used at ho...
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One approach for teaching subjects with autism is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA intervention aims to model human behavior by observing, analyzing and modifying antecedents and/or consequences of a target behavior in the environment. To achieve this, many data are recorded during each trial, such as subject response (correct/incorrect, level...
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Autism can impact a subject’s communication, socialization and language abilities with different degrees of severity. An intensive therapy is needed to improve and maintain these abilities over time. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) enriches communication with images, video or gestures to help children with autism understand the tas...
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We present a learning analytic tool for analyzing data collected during didactic sessions performed by children with autism, via software. The tool is a web application that automatically extracts, aggregates and visualizes the children’s performance data collected when they perform technology-enhanced exercises during didactic activities. The aim...
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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is highly effective for teaching subjects with autism. We discuss the design and development of a free open-source customizable software to support ABA intervention in low-functioning children with autism. The software automates the trial setting while enabling the gathering of the children’s performance data to moni...
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Mobile devices are currently used for an increasing number of activities. However, their use is still a challenge for blind users. Main problems are especially due to the interaction via touchscreen and the lack of hardware keys for quickly detecting or activating functions. In this paper we investigated the use of the tactile channel to make inter...
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Interaction via mobile devices is a challenge for blind users, who often encounter severe accessibility and usability problems. The main issues are due to the lack of hardware keys, making it difficult to quickly reach an area or activate functions, and to the new way of interacting via touchscreen. A touchscreen has no specific reference points de...
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As the number of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) rises, the need for providing one-to-one treatment increases significantly. ASD is a complex lifelong disorder that has an intense impact on a person's development predominantly demonstrating strong deficiencies in many types of social behavior, social imagination and commu...
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Geographical maps are by their nature inherently inaccessible to blind users since the information is conveyed mainly in a visual way. The attempt to convert all the information to an alternative modality allowing satisfactory exploration by blind people is a very active field of research. Several studies offer interesting solutions currently only...
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Purpose Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific method for modelling human behavior, successfully applied in the context of Autism. Recording and sharing measurable data (on subjects’ performance) between caregivers guarantees consistency of learning programs and allows monitoring the learning enhancements. Data are usually recorded on pape...
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Negli ultimi anni molti lavori di ricerca si sono focalizzati sull'apprendimento supportato dalla tecnologia per favorire gli studenti diversamente abili. La diffusione dei dispositivi mobili e la sempre maggiore disponibilità di Internet hanno favorito la creazione di strumenti di apprendimento per piattaforme portabili utilizzabili facilmente in...
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The increasing diffusion of electronic commerce (eCommerce) services is a great opportunity for visually-disabled people, provided that accessible and usable interactive environments are available. Usually e-Commerce sites have complex layouts crowded with elements and are difficult to navigate via screen reader. Another crucial issue concerns cons...
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An interface conforming to W3C ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) suite would overcome many accessibility and usability problems that prevent disabled users from actively contributing to collaborative knowledge. In a previous phase of our study we first identified problems of interaction via screen reader with Wikipedia, then proposed an...
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Geographical maps are by their nature inherently inaccessible to blind users since the information is conveyed mainly in a visual way. The attempt to convert all the information to an alternative modality allowing satisfactory exploration by blind people is a very active field of research. Several studies offer interesting solutions currently only...
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In this paper we analyze the interaction of blind users with Apple touchscreen devices iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, accessible to the visually-impaired thanks to their pre-installed VoiceOver screen reader or magnifier. Specifically, we focus on the gestures offered by VoiceOver to simplify interaction for blind users. A usability inspection of the...
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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific method for modelling human behavior, successfully applied in the context of educating autistic subjects. ABA's scientific approach relies on recording measurable data derived from the execution of structured programs. In this paper we describe an application designed to support the work of ABA tutors...
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The aim of this work is to develop a system able to assist blind users during navigation over the touch-screen of smart phones. This kind of user interface is widely used in the field of communication devices and poses significant problems for the blinds, owing to the lack of tactile references. Our idea is to create a plastic frame (case) for a sm...
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In this demo we show an open source software (SW) program designed to facilitate the execution of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) intervention with low-functioning autistic children. The SW is based on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Discrete Trial Training (DTT). The SW automatically records data extractable from the session (...
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The ABCD SW (Autistic Behavior & Computer-based Didactic software) project aims to design and develop didactic software for children in the low-functioning autism spectrum, according to the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA therapy is based on scientific principles: teaching by discrete levels, errorless interaction, teacher prompt...
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The Electronic Health Record (EHR) or Electronic Patient Record is a collection of electronic health information about a patient, created to increase personal safety through more accurate evidence-based decision support. Healthcare organizations, especially in different regions/local governments, can have different architectural solutions and proce...
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There is a growing body of evidence that people diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is increasing each year. ASD is a neurodevelopmental spectrum disorder with overarching characteristics the abnormal social interaction, communication ability, patterns of interests, and patterns of behavior. Individuals with ASD are characterized by uni...
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The latest Internet phenomenon is Twitter, a micro-blogging platform that in just a few years has attracted millions of users. With short messages (tweets), following and followers, Twitter is reshaping ways of interacting online. Thus, its accessibility is very important for social interaction as well as for work. In this paper we discuss the acce...
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Collaborative software tools allow people to share documents and knowledge via Internet, in a simple, economic and efficient way. Unfortunately collaborative software often relies heavily on visual features and dynamic technologies with user interfaces that are difficult to use via screen reader, or are sometimes even inaccessible for the blind. I...
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Podcasts are increasingly present in education. However, sequential and continuous listening to didactic material might not be the most appropriate form for learning. For instance, if not well-organized, it can be frustrating to retrieve specific information from educational podcasts. We believe that structured podcasts (i.e., audio files that expl...
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Behavior Analysis is the science that studies human behavior. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a process of systematic application of interventions whose principles are based on Learning Theory. The aim is to improve socially significant behaviors; the interventions are responsible for changing the behavior. ABA is successfully applied for educat...
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Visual maps deliver content in a simple and effective way. They can be useful for various purposes in areas such as street guidance, surrounding information, and education. However, sightless persons are unable to explore visual maps and risk being cut off from several multimedia Web applications. In this paper, starting from accessibility issues o...
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The widespread diffusion of electronic commerce offers a great opportunity for blind people. We describe the results of an electronic survey carried out with 22 blind and 22 sighted users in order to understand the difficulties and obstacles they experience shopping on-line, and solicit their expectations and suggestions for making the interaction...
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The widespread diffusion of electronic commerce offers a great opportunity for blind people. We describe the results of an electronic survey carried out with 22 blind and 22 sighted users in order to understand the difficulties and obstacles they experience shopping on-line, and solicit their expectations and suggestions for making the interaction...
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Collaborative editors are simple tools that enable people to create, share and exchange documents via Internet, quickly enhancing learning, knowledge and socialization. However, at present collaborative software is designed with little attention to the needs of differently-abled persons, such as the blind. Dynamic user interfaces and visual feature...
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Groupware systems are increasingly embedded in our everyday life, both at the office and at home. Thus groupware systems should offer easy interaction for all, including the differently-abled. In this paper we describe the design and implementation of a modified version of Google Docs ( http://docs.google.com ) interfaces for collaborative editing...
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In this paper we describe the aims and requirements of a project devoted to designing and developing Open Source didactic Software (SW) for children in the autism disorder spectrum, conforming to the Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) learning technique. In this context, participatory design with therapists and child’s parents is necessary to ensure...
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Social interaction is important for everyone, and vital for the differently-abled and elderly. Social network applications are causing us to change our ways of communicating and working. We can now make friends all over the world, share ideas and knowledge, search for others' opinions, and more. Facebook and Twitter are examples of these applicatio...