A coherent user-centric technological solution will be provided based on an innovative practice-oriented Virtual Partner (ViP) care model that considers established behavior communication patterns/ways of an older person with a human partner when carrying out daily activities at home. The ViP model will be combined with state of the art human computer interaction (emotion recognition, intelligent dialogue) and user behavior analysis technologies. Specifically, the interaction with the user will be an innovative adaptive multi-modal Avatar interface integrated and operating on a scalable distributed network of interconnected tablet devices, with integrated video cameras, installed on selected wall locations in the home of the user. The avatar will enable seamlessly continuous detection (via video) and analysis of the elderly behavior in the totality of his home, as well as identification of his emotional state, based on voice intonation and facial expressions and taking into account the related context of the user’s daily activity occurrences. In addition, the system provides a direct communication channel to the care community consisting of formal and informal carers that can assist older persons to carry out daily activities at home. The use of an avatar, instead of a human, has the major advantage that it is less threatening for the privacy and the users do not have the feeling that they are constantly under surveillance by a human (since they can turn it off at any time). Two pilots, in the Netherlands and Switzerland representing the two different use cases, will be carried out. Up to 200 elderly people and their caregivers will use CaMeLi over a six month period.
The target of CaMeLi. Is to create an ICT based solution for supporting the elderly in his daily in-house activities, minimizing the need for formal and informal carers’ interventions. The CaMeLi services will be provided in the most natural form of interaction, and namely as an human avatar able to interact with natural language, recognize the emotional state of the elderly and express emotions in guiding the elderly in his daily tasks.
Expected results and impact
The Project will provide a system simulating human interaction and conversation. The user will interact intuitively with the system having the illusion of communicating with a real human who understands behaviour and emotion and assists the user appropriately. The system will provide benefits on a practical, psychological and social level enabling the user to feel self confident to remain longer active and independent at home improving well being.
Project name: Care Me for Life
Coordinator: Siemens AG, Markus Dubielzig
Duration: 24 Months
Starting Date: June 1, 2013
Total budget: € 3.455.319
Public contribution:€ 1.898.932
Markus Dubielzig (Coordinator)
Accessibility Competence Center
33102 Paderborn, Germany
+49 52 51 60 61 45
Prof. Dimitri Konstantas (tech. Coordinator)
University of Geneva
7, Route de Drize
CH-1227 Carouge, Geneva, SWITZERLAND
+41 (22) 379 0237