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Miraculous-Life

Project reference: 611421
Funded under

Miraculous-Life for Elderly Independent Living

From 2013-12-01 to 2016-11-30, ongoing project

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 4 195 276

EU contribution:

EUR 3 320 457

Coordinated in:

Austria

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2013-10See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

The main aim of the project is to design, develop and evaluate an innovative user-centric technological solution, the Virtual Support Partner (VSP), attending to the elder (65+) daily activity and safety needs, while the elder goes about his normal daily life.

At the heart of the project is an avatar interface: an electronic and digital persona that older people can connect with. When integrated in a robot, this promises to make daily life a lot easier for senior citizens. A crucial asset of the Virtual Support Partner (VSP) will be its capacity for behavioural and emotional understanding. Thanks to its Avatar-based interface, the VSP is able fuse facial expressions, intonation, gestures and other contextual information of the user's environment to provide empathic responses and services. As such, it provides ICT services to support daily activities, in a human-like way. This in turn stimulates and motivates older people to stay active. In the longer term, the system will provide practical, psychological and social benefits enabling and motivating the elderly to remain active at home and thus prolonging their independence and improving their wellbeing.

To find out if the concept lives up to its promises, up to 100 elderly people in two test-bed locations in Switzerland and the Netherlands will try out the system over a six-month period. 

Objective

The main aim of the Miraculous-Life project is to design, develop and evaluate an innovative user-centric technological solution, the Virtual Support Partner (VSP), attending to the elder (65+) daily activity and safety needs, while the elder goes about his normal daily life. The VSP will provide implicit daily activities support which is based on behaviour and emotional understanding and appropriate respond exhibiting distinctive emotions, deliver in a human like way simulating in essence the interaction with a real life partner.Specifically, the VSP fuses together user's facial expressions, voice intonation, gestures and other contextual information of the user's environment and provides intelligent responses and delivery of services through an Avatar-based interface exhibiting empathic respond through face emotions and voice intonations. Through an intelligent dialogue, and the use of different ICT services for elder home daily activities support and safety, the VSP stimulates and motivates the elder to act.The validation of the system will be realized in two well selected use cases in two different countries. Up to 100 elderly people and their caregivers will use the system over a six month period. The system will be delivered to the user in form of a stand-alone consumer product, operating on a scalable distributed network of interconnected tablet and Kinect devices, focusing on minimum essential personalized elder's daily activities care support at home.The system will provide benefits on a practical, psychological and social level enabling and motivating the elderly to remain longer active in carrying out their daily life at home prolonging thus their independence and improving their wellbeing.

Related information

Coordinator

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 514 519


Viktor Kaplan-Strasse 2
2700 Wiener Neustadt
Austria
Administrative contact: Andreas STAINER-HOCHGATTERER
Tel.: +43 50550 4839
Fax: +43 50550 4840
E-mail

Participants

MAISON DE RETRAITE DU PETIT-SACONNEX
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 305 300


AVENUE JEAN TREMBLEY 12
1209 GENEVE
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Olivier Terrettaz
Tel.: +41227307105
E-mail
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 433 900


RUE DU GENERAL DUFOUR 24
1211 GENEVE
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Dimitri Konstantas
Tel.: +41 223790237
E-mail
CITARD SERVICES LTD
Cyprus

EU contribution: EUR 368 100


ODOS EVRYTANIAS 1 F 1A
2064 STROVOLOS
Cyprus
Administrative contact: Eleni Christodoulou
Tel.: +35799432734
Fax: +35799432734
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus

EU contribution: EUR 379 660


KALLIPOLEOS STREET 75
1678 NICOSIA
Cyprus
Administrative contact: George Samaras
Tel.: +357 22892698
Fax: +357 22892701
E-mail
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 362 640


HANSASTRASSE 27C
80686 MUNCHEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Christoph Schulte
Tel.: +49 89 1205 2728
Fax: +49 89 1205 7534
E-mail
ZOOBE MESSAGE ENTERTAINMENT GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 286 932


KURFURSTENDAMM 226
10719 BERLIN
Germany
Administrative contact: Sascha Fagel
Tel.: +49 3028883888
E-mail
NOLDUS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BV
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 364 140


NIEUWE KANAAL 5
6709 PA WAGENINGEN
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Tobias Heffelaar
Tel.: +31 317473330
Fax: +31 317424496
E-mail
STICHTING ORBIS ZORGCONCERN
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 305 266


DR. H. VAN DER HOFFPLEIN 1
6162 BG GELEEN
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Roy Beumers
Tel.: +31 88 4594273
E-mail
Record Number: 110902 / Last updated on: 2016-04-11