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Ambient Assisted Living – a bibliometric analysis
Ambient Assisted Living technologies provide assistance and support to people with some disabilities, such as the elderly and in cases of dementia. They offer greater control and reduction of predicted economic costs as life expectancy and the incidence of dementias tend to increase. The AAL is growing area of research and it is essential to appraise the existent publica-tions, research trends, and characteristics in this field providing an over-view of the development of AAL systems-related research. Therefore, the aim of this bibliometric analysis is to understand research trends and characteristics in the AAL field of study. Methods: We performed a document search in Scopus with a query de-signed reflect the AAL field of study. Subsequently we made several anal-yses to discover trends and patterns in the research area. Results: A total of 14645 researchers were authors in the retrieved documents regarding the application of ambient assisted living, which corresponds to a mean of 1.84 authors per document. The most productive country was Spain with 895 documents, followed by United Kingdom and Germany with, followed by 723 and 718 respectively. Conclusion: This paper provides an overall picture of the state of the re-search regarding the field of ambient assisted living, identifies the most active authors and informs relations between areas that are less researched. It shades light on possible collaborations with research groups and across countries.