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Empathic, Expressive, Advanced Virtual Coach to Improve Independent Healthy-Life-Years of the Elderly

Objective

The EMPATHIC Research & Innovation project will research, innovate, explore and validate new paradigms and platforms, laying the foundation for future generations of Personalised Virtual Coaches to assist elderly people living independently at and around their home.
Innovative multimodal face analytics, adaptive spoken dialogue systems and natural language interfaces are part of what the project will research and innovate, in order to help dependent aging persons and their carers.
The project will use remote non-intrusive technologies to extract physiological markers of emotional states in real-time for online adaptive responses of the coach, and advance holistic modelling of behavioural, computational, physical and social aspects of a personalised expressive virtual coach. It will develop causal models of coach-user interactional exchanges that engage elders in emotionally believable interactions keeping off loneliness, sustaining health status, enhancing quality of life and simplifying access to future telecare services.
The project will include a demonstration and validation phase with clearly-defined realistic use cases. It will focus on evidence-based, user-validated research and integration of intelligent user and context sensing methods through voice, eye and facial analysis, intelligent heuristics (complex interaction, user intention detection, distraction estimation, system decision), visual and spoken dialogue system, and system reaction capabilities.
Through measurable end-user validation, to be performed in 3 different countries (Spain, Norway and France) with 3 distinct languages and cultures (plus English for R&D), the proposed methods and solutions will ensure usefulness, reliability, flexibility and robustness.
The project partners include health-maintenance end-user organisations, technology developers, academic / research institutes and system integrators.
The project, planned for a 36-month duration, is estimated to require total funding of 4 M€

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA

Address

Barrio Sarriena S N
48940 Leioa

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 796 250

Participants (10)

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OSATEK SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 561 800

OSLO UNIVERSITETSSYKEHUS HF

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 390 000

E-SENIORS: INITIATION DES SENIORS AUX NTIC ASSOCIATION

France

EU Contribution

€ 160 000

TUNSTALL HEALTHCARE (UK) LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 289 375

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 6 023,66

INTELLIGENT VOICE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 655 000

ACAPELA GROUP BABEL TECHNOLOGIES SA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 289 750

INSTITUT MINES-TELECOM

France

EU Contribution

€ 387 250

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA CAMPANIA LUIGI VANVITELLI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 291 782,50

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 172 568,84

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 769872

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2017

  • End date

    31 October 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.1.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 999 800

  • EU contribution

    € 3 999 800

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA

Spain