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Miraculous-Life for Elderly Independent Living

Project description

Personalised Health, active ageing and independent living

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. 

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2013-10
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 514 519
Administrative Contact
Andreas STAINER-HOCHGATTERER (Mr.)

Participants (8)

MAISON DE RETRAITE DU PETIT-SACONNEX
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 305 300
Address
Avenue Jean Trembley 12
1209 Geneve
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olivier Terrettaz (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 433 900
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dimitri Konstantas (Prof.)
CITARD SERVICES LTD
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 368 100
Address
Odos Evrytanias 1 F 1A
2064 Strovolos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eleni Christodoulou (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 379 660
Address
Kallipoleos Street 75
1678 Nicosia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
George Samaras (Prof.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 362 640
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
ZOOBE MESSAGE ENTERTAINMENT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 286 932
Address
Kurfurstendamm 226
10719 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sascha Fagel (Dr.)
STICHTING ZUYDERLAND ZORG
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 305 266
Address
Dr. H. Van Der Hoffplein 1
6162 BG Geleen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Roy Beumers (Mr.)
NOLDUS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 364 140
Address
Nieuwe Kanaal 5
6709 PA Wageningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tobias Heffelaar