Intelligent and intuitive Web applications enable caregivers to remotely personalise in a context-dependent way assistance of the patients directly in their environment with the goal of improving quality of life and decreasing healthcare delivery cost. The project will provide caregivers with tools to fine tune the behaviour of the home and its connected services in guiding the elderly in their activities, and properly and adaptively reacting to their behaviour, changing abilities, environment and available device characteristics. In these scenarios it is important to provide personalised support according to specific elderly’s daily routines, patterns, needs and requirements. In particular, we aim to help them in staying oriented to what is going on or to what they should do by providing intelligent support able to control appliances and devices in such a way to flexibly drive their attention and behaviour in reaching their goals.


The objective of the PETAL Project is to provide a platform able to increase elderly autonomy and assist them in carrying out activities of daily living. In particular, we aim to support older adults affected by mild dementia with useful and usable means to increase their awareness and control of their current lifestyle by providing them with relevant and tailored information in an intuitive and natural manner. This will be achieved through an intelligent platform able to monitor users’ behaviour (movements, speech, interactions) and support personalised control of lights and appliances in their environment.

Expected results and impact

The main features of the platform for supporting people with dementia at early stage will be:

  • Personalisation Web-based tools for caregivers with usable interaction metaphors to specify how the lighting and appliances should behave in the elderly home;
  • Middleware able to monitor actual elderly behaviour including their speech at home and to provide meaningful representations of such behaviours to care givers;
  • Intelligent support for analysing elderly behaviour and inferring further adaptation and personalisation strategies, in particular for the lighting system;
  • Validation of the approach and the platform in a number of field trials.

Important success metrics will be flexibility, cost and benefit of the proposed solution with respect to traditional approaches. The envisioned solution can contribute to support different groups of beneficiaries: older adults, their informal carers and the health workforce.


Partners involved in the PETAL project

Organization Type Country Website
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche R&D Italy
Apollis - Istituto di ricerca sociale e demoscopia s.n.c. SME Italy
Bartenbach GmbH SME Austria
Synthema srl SME Italy
Fondazione Santa Lucia End User Italy
Fundaţia Ana Aslan International End User Romania
Ideable Solutions, SL SME Spain
  • Project name: PErsonalizable assisTive Ambient monitoring and Lighting
  • Website:
  • Coordinator: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Starting date: 01.10.2017
  • Total budget: EUR 1.904.527,00
  • Public contribution: EUR 1.194.028,90


Fabio Paternò


T.: +39-050-3153066


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