ICT for ageing well.



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Intelligent and intuitive Web applications enable caregivers to remotely personalize 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 personalized 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:

  • Personalization 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 personalization 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.

Consiglio Nazionale delle RicercheR&DItaly
Apollis - Istituto di ricerca sociale e demoscopia s.n.c.SMEItaly
Fondazione Santa LuciaEnd-usersItaly
Fundaţia Ana Aslan InternationalEnd-usersRomania
Ideable Solutions, SLSMESpain

Coordinator: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - CNR

Duration: 36 MOnths

Starting Date: 01 October 2017

Total budget: EUR 1.904.527,00

Public contribution: EUR 1.194.028,90


Fabio Paternò
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