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Personal Assistant for healthy Lifestyle (PAL)

Objective

Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) portraits a high need and challenge for self-management by young patients: a complex illness with a high and increasing prevalence, a regimen that needs adaptation to patient’s condition and activities, and serious risks for complications and reduced life expectations. When patients do not acquire the knowledge, skills and habits to adhere to their diabetes regimen at childhood, these risks increase suddenly at adolescence. Current mHealth applications have their own specific value for self-management, but are unable to deliver the required comprehensive, prolonged, personalised and context-sensitive support and to reduce these risks persistently. We aim at a Personal Assistant for healthy Lifestyle (PAL) that provides such support, assisting the child, health professional and parent to advance the self-management of children with type 1 diabetes aged 7 - 14, so that an adequate shared patient-caregiver responsibility for child’s diabetes regimen is established before adolescence. The PAL system is composed of a social robot, its (mobile) avatar, and an extendable set of (mobile) health applications (diabetes diary, educational quizzes, sorting games, etc.), which all connect to a common knowledge-base and reasoning mechanism. The robot and avatar act as a child’s pal or companion, whereas health professionals and parents are supported by, respectively, an Authoring & Control and a Monitor & Inform tool. The PAL-project will assess the benefits of the behavioural change on patients’ health conditions, and the profits for the caregivers in longitudinal field experiments. The consortium provides the required network, expertise and tools for this research: (a) a knowledge-driven co-design methodology and tool, (b) medical, human factors and technical expertise, (c) end-user participation and (d) initial PAL building-blocks.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/endocrinology/diabetes

Call for proposal

H2020-PHC-2014-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 652 228,75

Participants (10)

FONDAZIONE CENTRO SAN RAFFAELE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 605 000
Address
Via Olgettina 60
20132 Milano
Activity type
Research Organisations
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 776 531,25
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MIXEL SCARL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 442 000
Address
Via San Michele Del Carso 39
20851 Lissone
Activity type
Other
DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUR KUNSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 826 650
Address
Trippstadter Strasse 122
67663 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 679 787,50
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BIERMAN EGBERTUS PETRUS BARTHOLOMEUS
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 177 500
Address
Comeniuslaan 83
3706 XC Zeist
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING ZIEKENHUIS GELDERSE VALLEI
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 70 000
Address
Willy Brandtlaan 10
6710 HN Ede Gld
Activity type
Other
MEANDERMC
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 70 000
Address
Maatweg 3
3800 BM Amersfoort
Activity type
Other
DIABETESVERENIGING NEDERLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 70 825
Address
Fokkerstraat 17
3833 LD Leusden
Activity type
Other
SOSTEGNO 70 INSIEME AI RAGAZZI DIABETICI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 144 937,50
Address
Via Luciano Manara 1
20122 Milano
Activity type
Other