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NextPerception - Next generation smart perception sensors and distributed intelligence for proactive human monitoring in health, wellbeing, and automotive systems

Project description

Advanced sensing technologies for the health and automotive sectors

Smart complex systems have become of great significance particularly in healthcare and autonomous driving domains. The precision and timeliness of the decisions depend on the systems’ capacity to accurately understand individuals and their environment. The EU-funded NextPerception project will advance perception sensing technologies such as radar, LiDAR and time-of-flight cameras, improving and allowing them to better detect human conduct and physiological parameters. The project will develop next-generation smart perception sensors and improve the distributed intelligence model, aiming to establish adaptable, safe, reliable and dynamic human monitoring solutions for the health, well-being and automotive sectors. The new distributed intelligent model will be supported by specific instruments based on the advantages of edge and cloud computing.


We put our lives increasingly in the hands of smart complex systems making decisions that directly affect our health and wellbeing. This is very evident in healthcare - where systems watch over your health - as well as in traffic - where autonomous driving solutions are gradually taking over control of the car. The accuracy and timeliness of the decisions depend on the systems’ ability to build a good understanding of both you and your environment, which relies on observations and the ability to reason on them.
This project will bring perception sensing technologies like Radar, LiDAR and Time of Flight cameras to the next level, enhancing their features to allow for more accurate detection of human behaviour and physiological parameters. Besides more accurate automotive solutions ensuring driver vigilance and pedestrian and cyclist safety, this innovation will open up new opportunities in health and wellbeing to monitor elderly people at home or unobtrusively assess health state.
To facilitate building the complex smart sensing systems envisioned and ensure their secure and reliable operation, the new Distributed Intelligence paradigm will be embraced, enhanced and supported by tools. It leverages the advantages of Edge and Cloud computing, building on the distributed computational resources increasingly available in sensors and edge components to distribute also the intelligence.
The goal of this project is to develop next generation smart perception sensors and enhance the distributed intelligence paradigm to build versatile, secure, reliable, and proactive human monitoring solutions for the health, wellbeing, and automotive domains
The project brings together major industrial players and research partners to address top challenges in health, wellbeing, and automotive domains through three use cases: integral vitality monitoring for elderly and exercise, driver monitoring, and providing safety and comfort for vulnerable road users at intersections.

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Net EU contribution
€ 488 731,25
02150 Espoo

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 1 396 375,00

Participants (43)