Joint Dem@Care Paper accepted for Publication in TPAMI

A joint paper by INRIA, UBX and CERTH on "Semantic Event Fusion of Different Visual Modality Concepts for Activity Recognition" has been accepted for publication in the special issue on Multimodal Human Pose Recovery and Behavior Analysis of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI).

With an impact factor of 5.781, TPAMI is one of the most prestigious journals in the areas of computer vision and image understanding, pattern analysis and recognition, with a particular emphasis on machine learning for pattern analysis. The paper proposes and extensively evaluates a novel probabilistic and knowledge-driven framework for event representation and recognition, combining different visual sensors (video camera, color-depth and wearable video camera).

Sensorizon wins in Venture Cup regional final

We have some pretty exciting news on the exploitation field!
Sensorizon a Dem@Care business case - a system for assisting people with dementia‬ and personnel in Nursing Homes - won the regional final in the Venture Cup business plan competition in Sweden, in the category "Life Science & Technology”. 50 business cases competed in 4 categories. Apart from the win itself and a little prize money, this gives very valuable contacts for funding further commercial activities.

Sensorizon aims to be a significant European provider of clinical assessment services using mainstream ICT. Our vision is to have a world where both staff members and residents of nursing homes are not stressed, and our mission is to provide an ICT tool to improve the quality of care significantly in Nursing Homes. 

Sensorizon is an ambient intelligence system to be used in Nursing Homes to measure patterns of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. The staff members in nursing homes (clinicians and caregivers) frequently do not fully understand the behavioral changes of people with dementia a fact that makes it very hard to do clinical assessments and to plan better clinical interventions. The system relies on ambient and wearable sensors for observing people with dementia and performs automated analysis to assess their current cognitive and emotional state.

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The information from Sensorizon helps the staff members in maintaining a comprehensive view of the changes in behavior and mood and the current health status of the person with dementia. Sensorizon will have positive impacts for both the nursing home, the staff members and people with dementia, by improving care planning and the quality of care in nursing homes.

Winning the Venture Cup Regional Final allows us to boost our business and focus on marketing planning, product launching and customer acquisition. As region winners we also have then the chance to make it to the Sweden final, which takes place in Gothenburg, June 9, 2016. 


Dem@Care videos

One of the key objectives of a research project like Dem@Care is to have an impact on society and its development. But as much of this research is published in specialized international academic journals it is read by only a limited number of people. Online video sharing technologies offer promising new ways for disseminating project results to wider audiences and stakeholders making the latest research and development accessible and easier to share. Using video as a means of disseminating research allows knowledge and ideas to be presented in an intriguing way. Video opens up a new window to the real lives and experiences of people in a format that is credible, authentic, and transparent and in tune with the 21st century. To capitalize upon all these benefits that online video provides the Dem@Care consortium has decided to partner with a video production company to deliver 4 distinct videos. 

A short video animation clip to serve a video promotion of the project and present Dem@Care in a simple, engaging, visually effective and understandable way:



A video about @Lab pilot to demonstrate how Dem@Care can help in the early diagnosis of people with dementia:



A video about @Home pilot to communicate the potential of the use of ICTs and innovative analytics for dementia care from the Dem@Care perspective:



An overall project video to present the context and all the work that has been accomplished:



Visit our YouTube channel for more videos!

Sensorizon nominated to the regional final of Venture Cup Nord

Sensorizon, a product of Dem@Care for nursing home intelligent care, is nominated amongst 8 business ideas in the regional final of Venture Cup Nord. Sensorizon is an ambient intelligence system that measures patterns of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, in nursing homes. The information from Sensorizon helps staff members to maintain a comprehensive view of changes in sleep and mood of the person with dementia.

8 business ideas are nominated to the regional final, which will takes place on the 10th of Dec in Vetenskapens hus in Luleå. Venture Cup is the largest competition in Sweden for those looking to develop their business idea and start a business.

Wish us good luck!

SEMPER Workshop accepted at ESWC-2016

Dem@Care Workshop: Semantic Web Technologies in Mobile and Pervasive Environments (SEMPER) is among the accepted workshops to be organised at ESWC-2016! Stay in touch for submission deadlines soon to be announced.

Dem@Care featured in the latest HAIVISIO newsletter

Dem@Care is featured in the latest newsletter of the Haivisio project. Check out the link and download the newsletter to learn more about our findings as presented at the Annual Conference of Alzheimer Europe and other interesting updates! 

http://haivisio.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/HAIVISIO_Newsletter_IssueIV.pdf 

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Haivisio is an EU0funded project with an objective to promote enhanced visibility and awareness in eHealth, Active Ageing and Independent Living projects.The  project invites relevant projects to engage in a collective and synergetic way, identifying best-practices, involving the most active partners and stakeholders and disseminating widely the added value and assets generated from each of these projects. As a member of the Haivisio network we worked closely with them to enhance our visibility and promote our findings and the work that has been accomplished in the context of the project. 

This Newsletter is delivered to an audience of around 1500 contact including EU Research and Innovation projects (FP7:CIP, CSA Thematic Networks, AAL), European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA), European Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) "More Years, Better Lives” and External stakeholders (contacts from the European Commission, universities and research institutes, NGOs and industry) , etc For more information on the Haivisio project you may visit the website: http://haivisio.eu/

New Dem@Care Datasets Available!

Dem@Care is providing datasets, which are collected during lab and home experiments. The data collection took place in the Greek Alzheimer’s Association for Dementia and Related Disorders in Thessaloniki, Greece and in participants' homes. The datasets include video and audio recordings as well as data from physiological sensors. Moreover, they include data from sleep, motion and plug sensors. These datasets are available to the research community under specific terms of use.

For more information, please visit
http://www.demcare.eu/results/datasets


Three papers and two posters have been accepted for presentation in the 25th Annual Conference of Alzheimer Europe

Our project will be presented in the 25th Annual Conference of Alzheimer Europe which takes place in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 2-4 September 2015. During the conference we will have the opportunity to present our work in the field of technology and dementia. The annual Alzheimer Europe conference is, as ever, unique in bringing together a range of participants, including people with dementia and their carers, policy makers and civil servants, care and health professionals, academics and researchers, staff and volunteers of Alzheimer associations and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry. The theme for this year is “Dementia: putting strategies and research into practice”. 

Three papers and two posters  have been accepted for presentation:

  • P4.2. The use of ICT for the assessment of people with dementia and mild cognitive impairment within the Dem@care project (KÖNIG Alexandra)
  • P19.1. Remote monitoring of people with dementia: the Dem@Care Experience (BRIASSOULI Alexia, BUSO Vincent, BENOIS-PINEAU Jenny, PLANS Pierre-Marie, CRISPIM-JUNIOR Carlos F, BREMOND Francois, HOPPER Louise, KOMPATSIARIS Ioannis
  • PO3.31. Multi-sensor analysis and decision making for supporting people with dementia (MEDITSKOS Georgios,STAVROPOULOS Athanasios, KOMPATSIARIS Ioannis)
  • P19.5. Facilitating reminiscing using automatic cameras - memory lane (KIKHIA Basel, BENGTSSON Johan E.)


We will also have the opportunity to give a poster presentation covering @Home and @NursingHome. 

  • PO3.42. Dementia Ambient Care: A holistic approach to the management of dementia in multiple care settings (HOPPER Louise, JOYCE Rachael, MELANDER Catharina, KIKHIA Basel, KARAKOSTAS Anastasios, SÄVENSTEDT Stefan, IRVING Kate)

Dem@Care is co-organizing the 1st Workshop on Semantic Web Technologies for Video and Image Analytics in conjunction with ISWC 2015

We are happy to announce that our project is co-organizing the 1st Workshop on Semantic Web Technologies for Video and Image Analytics, in conjunction with ISWC 2015, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, October 11-15, 2015 (http://nerone.diem.unisa.it/swt4iva/). 

All of our readers with similar research interests are invited to submit! More information can be found below:

IMPORTANT DATES

- Submission deadline: July 1, 2015

- Notifications: July 31, 2015

- Camera ready version: August 21, 2015

- Workshop: October 11-12, 2015

SCOPE AND MOTIVATION

In the last years, a substantial body of work has focused on the development of cognitive approaches leveraging on a symbolic model representation of the objects belonging to a scene and their relations. Specifically in the domains of Video Surveillance and Ambient Intelligence, recent advances in image, multimedia and video analysis, as well as in object detection and tracking, activity and gesture recognition have highlighted the need to move away from the traditional pattern matching and statistical approaches. Hybrid approaches that couple mining, learning and statistical reasoning with knowledge-driven solutions have emerged that support the development of more flexible, meaningful and robust solutions for improving the analytics aspects. Under this paradigm, Semantic Web technologies have attracted growing interest, bringing to the table the ability to formally capture intended semantics and to support automated reasoning, integration, management and sharing of information. Ontologies provide the means for formally capturing domain information, whereas the underpinning semantics formalise context-aware interpretation services that enable the effective coupling of statistical and logic-based reasoning, making available new forms of business intelligence and video analytics. However, the potential of Semantic Web technologies in addressing key requirements is yet to be fully explored: temporal reasoning, scalability, uncertainty handling, reasoning with noisy and missing information, as well as the theoretical aspects that underpin the combination of Semantic Web technologies with other fields of research, such as open and closed-world assumption, impose new challenges.

The workshop aims to favour the meeting of the Semantic Web, video and image analysis scholars and practitioners for facilitating the adoption of Semantic Web technologies in the domains of Video Surveillance and Ambient Intelligence. With this workshop we want to pave the way towards the proposition of novel hybrid approaches where results produced by traditional bottom-up low-level feature-based vision algorithms are fused with top-down approaches based on Semantic Web technologies.

TOPICS

We encourage original papers from scholars and practitioners aiming at defining, developing and demonstrating use of Semantic Web and knowledge-driven technologies addressing the, but not limited to, following research issues:

- Object detection and tracking;

- Event modelling and detection;

- Ontology-based recognition of activities, actions and gestures;

- Context-aware behaviour analysis;

- Hybrid frameworks for activity detection;

- People tracking and counting in crowd environment;

- Trajectories analysis and retrieval;

- Semantically-enriched situation awareness in JDL;

- Uncertainty in ontology-based systems for video analysis;

- Activity recognition under uncertainty, noise and incomplete data 

- Ontology design patterns for video surveillance and AmI;

- Description Logics and abductive reasoning for video surveillance and AmI;

- Combination of ontologies and rules for video and image analysis;

- Rule-based engine performance evaluation on video analysis datasets;

- SPARQL and rule engines for Video Analytics;

- RDF stream reasoning and video analysis;

- Coupling of Semantic Complex Event Processing with Machine Learning for event detection;


SUBMISSIONS

We seek full technical research papers with a length of up to 12 pages. All papers must represent original and unpublished work that is not currently under review. Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the workshop. At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to attend the workshop (workshop attendees must pay the ISWC workshop registration fee as well as the conference registration fee). Submissions must adhere to the Springer LNCS format and be made through the EasyChair conference system (link will be available soon).

Accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings and will be published on the workshop web page.

A selection of best papers will be published in a special issue on Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing (Springer).

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Pierluigi Ritrovato - Department of Information Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, Lab of Intelligent Machine for Video, Audio and Image Analysis (MIVIA), University of Salerno, Italy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Georgios Meditskos - Information Technologies Institute, Centre for Research and Technology - Hellas, Greece (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Grigoris Antoniou, University of Huddersfield, UK

Antonis Bikakis, University College London, UK

Luc Brun, ENSICAEN and GreyC Laboratories, France 

Marco Cristani, University of Verona, Italy 

Stamatia Dasiopoulou, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain

Pasquale Foggia, University of Salerno, Italy

Xiaoyi Jiang, University of Munster, Germany

Ioannis Kompatsiaris, Centre for Research and Technology - Hellas, Greece 

Efstratios Kontopoulos, Centre for Research and Technology - Hellas, Greece 

Brian Lovell, The Queensland University, Australia

Jose M. Martinez Sanchez, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

Jose Manuel Molina Lopez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain 

Nicolai Petrov, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Daniele Riboni, University of Milan, Italy

Giorgos Stamou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Giorgos Stoilos, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Mario Vento, University of Salerno, Italy

Juan Ye, University of St. Andrews, UK

Dem@Care at ESWC 2015

Dem@Care has been accepted at the EU Project Networking Session at ESWC 2015 that will take place on June 3, 2015 in Portoroz, Slovenia. 

Dem@Care provides an integrated solution for personal health services to individuals with dementia, as well as medical professionals and caregivers, by using a multitude of sensors, context-aware, multi-parametric monitoring of life-style, ambient environment and health parameters. In ESWC2015, Dem@Care will present the knowledge representation and semantic reasoning features underpinning the platform, which delivers a multi-parametric monitoring framework that sustains semantic, context-aware, personalized and adaptive feedback mechanisms for the remote management of people with dementia.

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