Developments in reminding technologies for persons with dementia
The aim of this Project is to create an International and Intersectoral network to facilitate the exchange of staff to progress developments in reminding technologies for persons with dementia which can be deployed in smart environments. The focus will be on developing staff and partner skills in the areas of user centered design and behavioral science coupled with improved computational techniques which in turn will offer more appropriate and efficacious reminding solutions. This will be further supported through research involving user centric studies into the use of reminding technologies and the theory of behaviour change to improve compliance of usage.
A program of work has been established to maximise the transfer of knowledge between the different sectors offering a range of development and training opportunities for staff. Industrial staff will benefit from bi-lateral exchanges from the technical domains of context aware reminding technologies, soft computing, aware intelligent systems, pervasive computing and the psychological domain of behaviour change. The academic beneficiaries will benefit from gaining experience in the development of industrial standard software conforming to ISO and medical standards, engagement with stakeholders through a user centred design process and working with organisations delivering care to the elderly and persons with dementia.
The consortium is comprised of an International network of beneficiaries and partners, all of which are committed to progressing the notion of reminding technologies within smart environments.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska Curie grant agreement No 734355.
- Ulster UniversityAcademic PartnerUlster is a university with a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement. It makes a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland and plays a key role in attracting inward investment. The University has a positive impact on the economy and community in Northern Ireland. Technology and knowledge transfer and commercial exploitation of ideas are promoted through a range of initiatives and ongoing research and consultancy with business and industry.
- Universidad De JaenAcademic PartnerThe University of Jaén (UJAEN) was born 1993 as consequence of the reputation and long history of high education colleges established in Jaén and its province during more than one century. Since its birth, it offers a wide range of Bc. and Ms. Degrees in all major fields of Sciences being remarkable the tradition and history in all the Engineering fields at all levels with more than one hundred years history. Regarding Engineering the university is structured in two Polytechnic Schools (one in Jaén another in Linares) with 20 Departments devote to teaching and research with more 200 researchers and Lecturers cater to a body of 4000 students. Currently there are more than 3000 of international students enrolled at different levels.
- National University of Ireland GalwayAcademic PartnerNUI Galway is world-renowned as an expert research-led University. NUI Galway has a vibrant research culture and has created a reputation for research excellence in the areas of medical and health-related research, particularly in multidisciplinary projects involving medicine, psychology, biomedical and information technology and health economics. In 2013, NUI Galway was awarded the HR Excellence in Research Logo by the European Commission in recognition of their commitment in implementing the principles of European Charter & Code for Researchers. This award illustrates that NUI Galway are fully committed to ensuring successful performance in generating, transferring, sharing and disseminating knowledge and technological development, and to the career development of researchers.
- Lulea Tekniska UniversitetAcademic PartnerLuleå University of Technology, Sweden, is renowned for applied research in close collaboration with national and international companies and stakeholders. The university was founded in 1972 and has today approximately 19000 students and 1700 employees, spread over 6 campuses. The yearly turnover is around 160 million Euros, of which 90 million Euros is related to research activities. LTU is the university in Sweden with the highest rate of external funding. The PMC group at LTU has extensive experience in the areas of pervasive computing, in many cases applied to the eHealth domain, and has been involved in numerous R&D projects at regional, national and European levels.
- Hogskolan I HamstadAcademic PartnerHalmstad University (HU) is a popular seat of learning known for its cooperative ventures involving businesses and the public sector. Halmstad University is one of the three universities qualified to become a Knowledge Foundation Environment. This means that the Swedish financier the Knowledge Foundation, on a long-term basis, invests in the University’s research within three key areas: Information Technology, Innovation Science and Health Sciences. Crucial to all research projects within the Knowledge Foundation Environment is the collaboration with industry, known as co-production. This means that companies are actively engaged in research projects together with the University’s researchers and account for part of the financing. A particular strength of Halmstad University is the extensive interaction between researchers in the various research environments, thereby providing cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research supporting all levels of the innovation value chain. One example is the research field of health innovation, where knowledge in areas such as technology, health, education, and healthcare are united in exciting, new ways.
- Universita Degli Studi Di FirenzeAcademic PartnerThe University of Florence is an important and influential centre for research and higher training in Italy, with 1800 lecturers and internal research staff, 1600 technical and administrative staff, and over 1600 research assistants and doctoral students. It offers a wide range of study programmes at various levels and in all areas of knowledge: 126 Degree courses (Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees) organised in 10 Schools, with a population of about 51000 enrolled students, one-fourth of which come from outside of Tuscany.
- I+ SRLIndustry PartnerI+ develops and provides several groundbreaking services and networking customer-oriented solutions for social and healthcare domains. It is certified as Telecare solutions and medical software manufacturer (ISO9001 - ISO13485). It develops and deploys integrated solutions to plan and deliver through multichannel interfaces different service levels for personalized care (Activity Planner, Service Workflow modelling, Routing and Localization, Reporting services).
- Karde As Industry Partner
Karde AS (www.karde.no) is a Norwegian SME offering R&D services within innovation and project management and as specialists on assistive technologies, usability and accessibility for persons with dementia and intellectual disability. Karde has led and been a participant in several research projects of relevance to the project proposal. Two persons from Karde were members of Norwegian standardisation committee SN K/520 Universal Design of ICT and they participated in the committee JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility – JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility. Karde's strategy is to create internationally commercialisable assistive technology through participation in research projects of high quality.
- Fundacion Ageing Social LabAcademic PartnerThe Ageing social Lab Foundation was created in 2011, promoted by directors of the cooperative Macrosad, in order to promote R & D in the social and health sector. From 2013 the cornerstone of the foundation Ageing Social Lab in association with a group of academics from the University of Jaén is generated. "A network of multidisciplinary knowledge about aging." .
- Academisch Ziekenhuis GroningenClinical PartnerThe University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is a teaching and research medical center in the Northern part of the Netherlands and of the largest (academic) hospitals in the Netherlands. The UMCG focuses on healthy ageing in all priority areas: research, clinical care and education. In Groningen Healthy Ageing is a joint research challenge for the UMCG, the University of Groningen, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, and various regional, national and international partners. The multidisciplinary research extends from fundamental biological and (pre)clinical research through to applied research into social societal effects of disease and health, like the cohort study LifeLines,.
- Associazione NovilunioIndustry PartnerNovilunio is a non-profit association dedicated to inspiring culture change in the care of people with dementia and their families. Novilunio’s life course approach to living well with dementia is based on the creation of home and community environments that promote empowerment, dignity, and personal meaning, as well as the development of services, resources, and peer support systems that nurture engagement, prevention, and quality of life at any stage of the illness. In collaboration with medical institutions and industry partners, Novilunio also designs and develops experimental projects that promote the adoption of assistive technologies and home modifications to enable people with dementia to remain safe and independent in their own homes, while improving their social inclusion within their own communities.
- Swedish Adrenaline AbIndustry PartnerSwedish Adrenaline AB (SA) is a SME working with innovative sensing technology for the sport and health care markets. SA has two focus areas: Sensors for the sport market and vital sign monitoring for the health care market. These two areas reside in two totally owned subsidiaries: Innowearable for sport sensors; and Raytelligence for vital sign monitoring.
- Corporación Universidad de la Costa, CUCAcademic PartnerThe Universidad de la Costa has sought to develop the substantive functions of Higher education institutions, based on strong quality standards to develop qualified and competitive professionals. In the framework of the scientific development at the national field, the university has worked following the guidelines of the Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation, COLCIENCIAS, promoting an interdisciplinary work among its faculties, academic programs and departments, increasing the collaborative projects and the consolidation and strengthening of its research groups. Nowadays, the university has 15 groups recognized by COLCIENCIAS, holding a wide spectrum of projects and international scientific publications.
- University of Kyung Hee UniversityAcademic PartnerThe Kyung Hee University was founded in 1949 as consequence of the reputation and long history of high education colleges established in Seoul for more than half century. Since its foundation, it offers a wide range of Bachelors, Master, and PhD degrees in all major fields of Sciences and has well reputed tradition and history in all the Engineering & Humanities fields. Kyung Hee University is creating an academic world that embodies humanity's common values based on a tradition and spirit that harmonizes research, education, and practice. It has contributed in creating this new world by cultivating leaders with a creative humanity.
- National Technological University Academic PartnerThe National Technological University (NTU) has two characteristics that distinguish it from the rest of the national university system. NTU is the only university in the country whose academic structure has engineering as a priority. It was created in 1959 and has over 30,000 graduated of its 15 degree programs. NTU has 29 faculties in all regions of Argentina and more than 50% of engineering students in the country. This results in a permanent and close relationship with regional production systems and fruitful academic exchanges nationwide.