EU Projects

  • Dec 2013 – Dec 2016 Miraculous-Life (611421) Miraculous-Life for elderly Independent Living

The main aim of the Miraculous-Life project is to design, develop and evaluate an innovative usercentric 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.

  • Nov 2011 – Oct 2015 SocialRobot (FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IAPP-285870) Social Robot to Support Elderly at Home

The work focuses on bringing together the Robotic and Computer Science fields by integrating state of the art Robotic and Virtual Social Care Communities technologies and services to provide solutions to key issues of relevance for improved independent living and quality of life of elderly people and efficiency of care.

  • 2010-2013 Co-Living (AAL-2009-2/Contract No: 60-61700-98-009)

The main goal of the CO-LIVING project is the development of an ICT-based Virtual Collaborative Social Living Community for Elderly (Co-LIVING) people, aiming to stimulate and prolong their independent and active living in an outward environment through an advancement in elderly people social interaction, contributing thus positively to their wellbeing.

The solution will provide for close interpersonal, meaningful, and positive social relationships and contexts in the society as they age, preventing thus, or reducing the risk, of psychosocial deterioration and societal exclusion. It places the elderly in the center of the services.

  • 2008 – 2010 IPAC (FP7- ICT – 2007.3.7 – 224395)

The IPAC (Integrated Platform for Autonomic Computing) proposal aims at delivering a middleware and service creation environment for developing embedded, intelligent, collaborative, context-aware services in mobile nodes. IPAC relies on short range communications for the ad hoc realization of dialogs among collaborating nodes. Advanced sensing components leverage the context-awareness attributes of IPAC, thus rendering it capable of delivering highly innovative applications for mobile and pervasive computing. IPAC networking capabilities are based on rumor spreading techniques, a stateless and resilient approach, and information dissemination among embedded nodes. Spreading of information is subject to certain rules (e.g., space, time, price). IPAC nodes may receive, store, assesses and possibly relay the incoming content to other nodes. The same distribution channel is followed for the dissemination of new applications and application components that “join the IPAC world”.

IPAC aims at providing all the communication functionality, relying on flexible components: the Sensing Elements Component, the Short Range Communication Component, and the IPAC core middleware itself. An important feature of IPAC is the embedded intelligence which relies on emerging knowledge representation and reasoning schemes, allowing behavior self-adjustment, seamless interoperation at the messaging level and software integration. An Application Creation Component will also be designed, implemented and tested. This component refers to all tools, APIs and libraries, which assist the rapid application development for IPAC.

Target applications include manufacturing plant control, traffic management, localized advertising, as well as crisis management. Three well thought trials of different scales will be conducted to demonstrate the validity, viability, versatility and soundness of the IPAC embedded framework.

  • 2006 – 2008 MPOWER (Proposal number: 034707)

MPOWER will define and implement an open platform to simplify and speed up the task of developing and deploying services for persons with cognitive disabilities and elderly.

The platform will in particular support: 1 Integration of SMART HOUSE and sensor technology; 2 Interoperability between profession and institution specific systems (e.g. Hospital Information System); 3 Secure and safe information management, including both social and medical information; and 4 Mobile users which often change context and tools. The project will research and develop the platform as a suite of independent building blocks. We will demonstrate its feasibility through the deployment of two end-user applications that will be deployed over a longer period.

The end-user applications are:
- Individual plan management – the goal is to demonstrate the feasibility of the platform in relation to a dynamic sharing of plans and information
- Smart home and sensor connectivity – this application will demonstrate the feasibility of the platform in relation to interconnectivity and integration of smart home and sensor technologies.

The partners will promote standardization through aligning its work with ongoing development of HL 7, security and interoperability standards; and promote the MPOWER platform internationally through EAHSA.

The consortium is lead by SINTEF, and includes one of the world most important ICT companies, Ericsson. Dimention Informatica is an important industrial partner as a part of a multi-national ICT group. The Austrian research centers together with the University of Cyprus and SINTEF forms a strong technical research foundation, while PIV/NCDR and CMUJ are advanced users with experience from similar projects. The SME TB-Solutions brings knowledge on provision of technology for advanced homecare. EAHSA is sub-contracted and represents a user organization with members from all Europe.

The project duration is 30 months, with a cost budget of 3.9 M‚ and requested grant of 2.35 M. The project started October 1st 2006.

  • 2006 – 2007 MOTIVE (contract number: 027659)

IST-MOTIVE is an IST-FP6 European partially funded research project.

Mobile terminals are evolving into a ubiquitous computing platform. Yet their information gathering and processing capabilities are underutilised, although they are excellent candidates for mobile data monitoring. MOTIVE enabled terminals are expected to transparently store, pre-process and upload to the network (for further processing) historical information about the monitored data.

MOTIVE project will demonstrate the value of this innovative concept by enhancing existing processes and enabling the provision of new context aware services. MOTIVE will define a multi-layered system architecture and functionality addressing issues such as terminal local processing, user control (when and how information is revealed), data transfer load, network side processing/storage and real time vs. off-line information collection modes.

  • 2005 – 2006 Linkcare (eTEN-517435)

LINKCARE is the project that aims to market validate new competitive services with a view to link health professionals in emerging care environments.
The main idea for the business case of LinkCare is the provision of services that:
- Facilitate the establishment of an European convergent healthcare system that is centred on the chronic patients, coordinated across different levels of the health and community services
- Facilitate ubiquitous and mobile new working practices for health professionals with a multiplicity of working profiles that, in turn, require interoperability with existing information resources.

LINKCARE focus, not only on the suitability of the platforms, from the technical point of view – interoperability, security, standards and regulations -, but also on the needs and requirements that are specific for the care of patients with chronic health problems – coordination of professionals across time, centred on the patient, and collaboration among different levels of care.

In the framework of the market validation, the consortium run pilot installations, establish the requirements to integrate the services in the existing operational/legacy systems, set up the training plan to successfully validate the platform and elaborate the deployment strategy on the basis of the outcome of the market and business analysis and the conclusions from the pilots validation.

The 3 test sites used for the evaluation provide common services for patients with chronic conditions. They are HCPB in Spain, CNRHA in Norway, and LITO in Cyprus.

  • 2005 – 2006 HealthService 24 (eTEN-517352)

HealthService24 aims to bridge this gap offering a viable mobile health care service permitting healthcare professionals to remotely assess, diagnose and treat patients whilst the patients are free to continue with daily life activities. The HealthService24 will allow patients and non-patients to monitor their physical condition and obtain advice and information at any place and moment. Hence the service will enable patients to be fully mobile.

Shortly summarized, the benefits of the HealthService24 are the following:

Increased quality of life for patients/ users resulting from
- Patients’ mobility and thus ability to have a normal life style
- Reduced time to provide assistance (due to the instant availability of the vital signals data to the medical personnel)
- Access to healthcare for patients leaving in remote areas
- Increased quality of healthcare (personalized care, as the monitoring system can be customized to individual health needs)
- Cost efficiency of health care

Both patients and health care professionals will use the HealthService24 services. Patients will be able to stay mobile and have a fairly normal lifestyle while being constantly monitored. This will increase from one side their feeling of safety and comfort while from the other side allow them to obtain health advice by experts at any moment. Constant monitoring is especially important in case of chronic and high-risk patients such as e.g. patients discharged early from hospital after a surgery and high-risk pregnant women that require constant monitoring. These patients today are often hospitalised for long periods, resulting in high hospital costs and moral degradation. The HealthService24 will enable them not to stay at a hospital, increasing their feeling of comfort and safety and at the same time reducing the health care costs resulting from occupation of a hospital bed and all related costs.

The cost reduction aspect makes the service potentially interesting for health insurance companies and governmental institutions paying for medical services.

  • 2003 – 2004 MEMO: Medical Mobile Devices (IST-2001-35027)

A core group of EU funded projects are be supported by specialist partners, sub-contractors and a network of associates. A set of work plans has been undertaken in parallel, exchanging intermediate deliverables. Co-ordination and management used goal oriented project management, electronic communication and formal quality assurance. A web portal (an early deliverable) supports project management, provide market and project information to partners (secure), to a wider group of associates (also secured) and the general public. A network of associates was built around this portal. An observatory of selected national and regional MMD activities and plans is maintained. Other dissemination activities include conferences, publications, presentations and periodical e-zines. Initially the focus of these activities is Italy, Spain, France, Greece and the UK. An evaluation method for MMDs is created, tested and published. It is used as part of the interoperability work to assess the impact of this project. Interoperability also identified actions and standards needed to enhance the collaborator’s products by exchanging confidential technical and marketing information. Business-modelling and marketing evaluation created a practical model for the uptake and sale of mobile devices in the healthcare and medical markets. A technical stream focused on the impact of new technologies on the capabilities of mobile devices. Specifically it prepared reports and propose future wok in the areas of speech recognition, XML and voice XML and the incorporation of medical semantics into speech recognition. Exploitation opportunities for all outputs model are investigated.