VISTEK ISRA VISION Yapay Gorme ve Otomasyon Sanayi ve Ticaret AS (VISTEK ISRAVISION)
VISTEK ISRA VISION is a spin-off company from Sabancı University, VPALAB, the only vision laboratory in Turkey, which has been selected as a “potential center of excellence” by the EU. VISTEK ISRA VISION is specialized in developing the following solutions for application areas addressing hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living for the elderly:
- Monitoring patients in the anesthetic recovery room: automatically detecting wake-up and possible self-threatening behaviour (e.g. manipulating intravenous infusion lines)
- Monitoring patients beds: falling out of bed, unusual movements, sleep anomalies (e.g. apnea, unusual motion) – with a single untethered audio-visual sensor-
- Activity monitoring for assisted living: measure daily activity and interactions of residents in assisted living homes. Alert in case of substantial activity reduction e.g. due to dementia.
- Provide data for protocols to be analyzed by human experts.
VISTEK ISRA VISION addresses these topics in close collaboration with clinical institutions such as hospitals and nursing homes that will provide us the possibility for data collection in the clinical environment. The clinical partners will also help us to identify the exact need and will help us understand the issues that will arise in practical use. Concerning exploitation, VISTEK ISRA VISION is currently involved in two European projects related to these tasks.
The first is the FP7 ITEA2 VICOMO that addresses the extraction of the visual context in which an environment is or objects are being observed by multiple video sensors. The system is based on advanced video interpretation algorithms and data are typically acquired with multiple cameras. The second if the VIPSAFE project, jointly carried out with Karlsruhe University, VIDEMO and Sabancı University has the goal to develop novel techniques for automated visual monitoring of persons with dementia and elder people living in nursing homes or in their (assisted) home environments. VISTEK ISRA VISION researchers are extremely active and visible within the research community and will use these connections to promote Dem@Care project outputs. Prof. Aytul Ercil is on the executive committee of IAPR (International Association of Pattern Recognition). She was the conference chair for ICPR 2010. Furthermore, VISTEK ISRA VISION currently has close contacts with key players in the healthcare sector in Turkey and collaborates with prominent healthcare service providers to promote the concept of remote monitoring and care services.
In Dem@Care, VISTEK ISRA VISION will contribute to the development of the closed-loop for the person with dementia, building on its significant experience in this domain. Furthermore, it will lead WP9 – Dissemination & Exploitation and will promote and advertise the components of the prospective Dem@Care system to national elderly care facilities and private services, taking the lead in establishing a good exposure for the outcomes of the Dem@Care system.