The AGNES project provides a basic ICT platform to create and maintain an easy-to-use web-based social network for individual elderly persons. This platform is used to stimulate the elderly person.

Timely information is transferred to the network regarding the activities and subjective state of the elderly person (e.g. presence, state of wellness, etc) allowing for a much better-tailored and timely response, attention and care, so as to improve and maintain the well-being and independence of the elderly living in their own homes and reduce healthcare costs.

The project addresses chronic conditions such as mild cognitive impairment, and develops and tests solutions to alleviate and/or prevent them. In such a way, informal carers, friends and family members have greater access to information about the person, and those at a distance are enabled to keep in touch and share activities with their elderly family member or friend, and to know their current condition.


Providing a user-sensitive ICT-based home environment that supports a personalised and person-centric care process by detecting, communicating, and meaningfully responding to relevant states, situations, and activities of the elderly person with regard to mild cognitive impairment. Central to the proposed idea is the combination and integration of home-based ICT and social networks, connecting the elderly person living at home with their families, friends and carers, on various levels. The project will provide the technological means to exploit the power of social networks and the beneficial effect of social inclusion and activities on cognitive and mental processes.

Expected results and impact

Different technologies and devices will be integrated to provide solutions targeting the needs of the individual elderly person:

  • Innovative technologies for the unobtrusive detection of user states and activities;
  • A social networking technology platform specifically designed to meet the needs of, and be usable by, the elderly person;
  • Ambient devices for the display of information and events and for easy interaction with the home-based system and connected others.


Partners involved in the Agnes project

Organization Type Country Website
Umeå University, Dept. of Informatics R&D Sweden
Athens Information Technology R&D Greece
Can Controls SME Germany
Graz University of Technology R&D Austria
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia End user / R&D Spain
Kendro Merimnas Oikoyennias kai Pediou End user Greece
ONDA Communication S.p.A Large Industry Italy
Fundacion Instituto Gerontologico Matia End user Spain
Skellefteå Kommun End user Sweden
  • Project name: User-sensitive Home-based Systems for Successful Ageing in a Networked Society
  • Website:
  • Coordinator: John Waterworth, Department of Informatics Umeå University (Sweden)
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Starting Date: 01.09.2009
  • Total budget: € 3.635.370
  • Public contribution: € 2.045.816


John Waterworth


T.: +46 738 111 440

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