Dr. I. Kompatsiaris presented Dem@Care in the event of INNOVAge project (EU -INTERREG IVC), Thessaloniki, Dec 6 2013.

The Dem@Care project presented by the project coordinator, Dr. I. Kompatsiaris in the workshop event of the project INNOVAge: “Improvement the effectiveness of regional development policies in eco-INNovation for smart hOme and independent liVing to increase the quality of life of Ageing people”, co-funded by INTERREG IVC. The event took place in Regional Authority of Central Macedonia, Thessaloniki, with the participation of representatives of regional and local authorities, academics, social services, private enterprises in the sector of social care etc. (please see the presentation, in Greek)

Dem@Care in the EU ICT Exhibition 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania, Nov 6 – 9, 2013.

Dem@Care had successfully participated in the EU ICT Exhibition 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania, from Nov 6 – 9, 2013. A simulation of a kitchen/living area had been set up, with tables, chairs, objects of daily living, where visitors can test the system and watch explanatory demos. They were able to play the role of a person with dementia, undertaking some of the daily activities examined in Dem@Care, recorded by ambient and wearable cameras.

Several demos were presented in an attractive and interactive manner in an appropriately designed booth, showcasing the project’s potential for helping people live at home independently longer. Wide publicity of the project as well as valuable networking with other ICT stakeholders had occurred.1 V

Talk at ITI on "Data mining, Public Health and Personalized Medicine".

Prof. Su Shing Chen of the Dept of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, Director of the Systems Biology Laboratory [http://www.cise.ufl.edu/~suchen/] , gave a talk at CERTH ITI as an invited speaker on Friday, Nov 15, 2013.

Prof. Chen has extensive experience on topics related to bioinformatics, medical informatics, systems biology, digital libraries.

The talk was on "Data mining, Public Health and Personalized Medicine". Its abstract follows below:

Data mining is useful to reducing the dimensionality of the big data sets in healthcare. We will exemplify by the study of microarray chips, a high-throughput technology, to represent various disease signatures in target networks, which lead to diagnosis and therapy of complex diseases, such as cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular and neural degenerate diseases (e.g., Alzheimer's). The second part of my talk will cover information dissemination of public health and personalized medicine, their use of mobile devices and how to develop software infrastructures.

French National TV Channel [France2] presents Dem@Care lab-test for visual perception at “Université de Bordeaux 1”

The daily morning news TV-programme “Telematin”, has visited the “Université de Bordeaux 1” and presented, on 1st November, the pilot tests for visual perception that are performed there. The presentation points the new way of usage of small cameras in benefit of dementia disease patients. The film includes short videos from wearable small camera, which monitors daily activities of a patient, as cooking and cleaning. This videos can be taken either in a lab appropriate decorated as a house, or in patient’s domestic ambient.

Pr Jenny Benois-Pineau, Professor of Computer Science at the University, emphasizes the possibility of a patient taking video his daily activities, and his doctor observing this detailed video for assessing illness stage.  She explains that video pictures [data] are analyzed in order to identifying appropriate algorithms for recognizing person’s activities of daily living.

Dr Yann Caestel, Neuropsychologist, describes examples of daily activities [patient tries to light on with fire the electrical oven] and analyzes how these videos could support Neuropsychologist to detect unusual events which may indicate a worsening or improvement of their condition.

See the following video.

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Information Day "New Technologies for Active Ageing" at the AUTH Research Dissemination Center

CERTH participated in the information day "New Technologies for Active Ageing" which took place on July 2 on the premises of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki's Research Dissemination Center (http://kedea.rc.auth.gr/documents/kedea_brochure_en.pdf). The conference gathered experts on dementia from various fields, ranging from neuro-psychiatry to computer science, kinematics, electrical engineering, psychology. The motivation, concept, goals and current achievements of Dem@Care were discussed with both clinical and technical experts. The need for multi-sensor monitoring and the recording of the Dem@Care ADL datasets was presented, as well as its envisioned incorporation into the daily lives of people with dementia and the improvements it is expected to bring about in personal lives, society and even economies.

Dem@Care Integration Week

Hosted by Cassidian, France

Approaching the delivery of the first prototype, an Integration week (18-22 March 2013) was hosted by Cassidian France. All the technical partners sent their components and developers in a workshop dedicated in physically connecting the Dem@Care system for the first time. The meeting aimed to establish and test communication and conformity between components, identify improvements for individual components and the overall system and prepare for the pilots in April. Also it was the first opportunity to recognise any limitations of the system and define expected improvements for V2.

Figure 1: The Dem@Care Integration Team

Updated Architecture
The team has been working for the last months towards an updated version of the architecture. The implementation of this architecture was materialised for the first time this week and developers had the opportunity to see how the individual components communicate with each other and contribute towards the Dem @Care system’s support to people with dementia, their carers and clinicians. The system demonstrated how the information and feedback is created to provide the necessary support for remote management and treatment of dementia. Even though the system is in early stages, the first results seem promising.

Integration Scenario
An integration scenario was generated to aid the integration and testing process. The scenario was formulated in a way that includes all components; is complex enough and realistic or challenging enough for the system; has clinical significance and provides a testing routine for the entire system.

The scenario was finalised during the workshop and focused on four main activities:
  • A phone call that is detected and speech is analysed.
  • Preparing tea and drinking/eating.
  • Moving indoors and having a fall.
  • Being in bed and leaving bed

Figure 2: The sensors and displays

After communication was established with all components, a step through the scenario was performed:
  • Raw data was collected by all sensors.
  • The analysis components were initiated and delivered their observations.
  • The semantic interpretation of the observations was conducted.
  • A brief daily summary was presented to the user.

The scenario was completed successfully and the developers concluded in lessons learnt, required changes, the next steps and requirements for the different pilots.

The Dem@Care Integration team is continuing the work and is working towards delivering the Dem@Care first prototype for the pilots in April 2013.

So watch this space…

DemAAL 2013: Dem@Care Summer School on Ambient Assisted Living

We are pleased to announce the 1st Dem@Care Summer School on Ambient Assisted Living (DemAAL 2013) 16-20 September 2013, Chania, Crete, Greece.

The DemAAL summer school is primarily intended for postgraduate (PhD or MSc) students, postdocs and young researchers investigating clinical and technical aspects related to Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) technologies for remote health management, ageing well and independent living. Leading researchers from academia and industry will cover theoretical and practical aspects pertinent to pervasive and ubiquitous computing technologies for Ambient Intelligence (AmI) applications, while special focus will be given on the role and opportunities of such technologies for dementia management.

Lecture material will be augmented with hands-on practical sessions. Participants will be provided with electronic versions of all programme lectures and all necessary tools and environments for the hands-on sessions. PC access with all tools pre-installed will be available on site as well. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to present their work and obtain feedback during a dedicated poster session intended to further facilitate interactions and the exchange of ideas.


- Dementia and ICT for staging, enablement, and support
- Wearable and pervasive computing
- Sensor networks
- Sensor correlation and fusion
- Context modelling
- Activity monitoring and recognition
- Semantic Complex Event Processing
- Contextual reasoning in AmI
- Assistive technologies for cognitive support and wellbeing
- Video & voice-based analytics for symptomatic assessment of dementia

- Assist. Prof. Panagiotis Bamidis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
- Prof. Jenny Benoit-Pineau (University of Bordeaux 1, France)
- Prof. Claudio Bettini (University of Milan, Italy)
- Dr. Antonis Bikakis (University College London, UK)
- Dr.  Francois Bremond (INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France)
- Dr. Ceyhun Burak Akgül (Vistek Isra Vision)
- Prof. Cem Ersoy (Boğaziçi University, Turkey)
- Dr. Kate Irving-Lupton (Dublin City University, Ireland)
- Dr. Laura Klaming (Philips Research, The Netherlands)
- Prof. Chris Nugent (University of Ulster, UK)
- Assoc. Prof. Mounir Mokhtari (CNRS/Institut Mines-Téléxom, France)
- Prof. Adrian Paschke (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)
- Dr. Daniel Rogen (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
- Prof. Stefan Sävenstedt (Luleå University of Technology, Sweden)
- Prof. Alan Smeaton (Dublin City University, Ireland)
- Dr. Alex Sorin (IBM Research Haifa, Israel)
- Prof. Kåre Synnes (Luleå University of Technology, Sweden)
- Prof. Magda Tsolaki (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

- Ceyhun Burak Akgül (Vistek Isra Vision)
- Stamatia Dasiopoulou (Centre for Research and Technology Hellas)
- Kate Irving-Lupton (Dublin City University)
- Athina Kokonozi (Centre for Research and Technology Hellas)
- Yiannis Kompatsiaris (Centre for Research and Technology Hellas)
- Erik Schuijers (Philips Research)

The application procedure can be found  at http://mklab.iti.gr/demaal2013/registration.
The deadline for applications is May 30th, 2013. After notification of acceptance to the Summer School (June 12th, 2013), registration will open and should be completed by June 26th, 2013. 
The summer school fee, including accommodation, meals and social events is 450 €.

The summer school will be held in Chania, Crete, at the Conference Center of MAICh. For more information about Chania, transportation and accommodation please visit http://mklab.iti.gr/demaal2013/venue.

Dem@Care in the 8th pan-Hellenic Conference of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, with international participation

Dem@Care participated at the 8th Panhellenic Conference of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, withinternational participation , 28 February – 3 March 20013, Grand Hotel Palace, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Presentation title: “Information technologies for analysis and assessment of activities in home environment”.

1st year Deliverables

The following Dem@Care deliverables are now available for download from the Public Documents page:

  • D6.1 Case-based Feedback Adaptation v1
  • D8.1 Experimentation Protocols
  • D5.1 Semantic Knowledge Structures & Representation
  • D2.3 Training Data Collection & Annotation
  • D9.2 Initial Dissemination Plan
  • D2.2 Functional Requirements and Clinical Scenarios V1
  • D2.1 Ethical Literature Review


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