Financed by Ministerio de Economía y competitividad. TIN2013-47152-C3-1-R

From September 2014 to September 2017

Frailty is a clinical syndrome related with age where the early detection and diagnosis constitutes a key indicator to improve the elderly people’s quality of life. However, offering a frailty valuation is still a complex task, due to the combination of all aspects that have to be taken into account to give place to an integral and valuable diagnosis. Likewise, physical frailty is associated with a major risk of cognitive decline. The presence of a pathological gait is strongly linked to the presence of dementia in general.

It is proven that gait disorders are a prevalent problem in the elderly. The same occurs with the memory and dementia issues. The quantitative evaluation of gait could avoid the underlying subjectivity in the geriatrician diagnosis of frailty and dementia usually based on gait anomalies’ observation. An objective and precise analysis of the spatial and temporal features of gait, through the suitable devices, can provide useful information to undertake the early diagnosis of dementia and to better understand the risk of falls in subjects with cognitive deterioration.

The aim of this coordinated project is to provide a minimally invasive, low-cost and easily deployable solution to enable, through accelerometry, vision and gait analysis by means of evolution and customizable inference mechanisms, to diagnose the frailty and senility syndromes and study their temporal evolution. The solution proposed by FRASE will follow a Mobile Cloud Computing approach combining local processing, in the elderly people’s living environment through their smartphones or other embedded computing devices, and remote processing in the Cloud to undertake more computing costly processes that imply the correlation of history data associated to groups of elderlies.

The project contributes with research about preventive attention techniques to the syndromes of frailty and dementia and in the development of intelligent systems that help in the diagnosis of those syndromes. The development effort is oriented towards accomplishing classification algorithms and specialised inference to characterize those syndromes. The contributions in the areas of sensing and intelligence proposed, and the architectural solution that brings them together, may be extrapolated to other scenarios within the AAL field. For instance, they could be applied to daily activities monitoring at home and the detection of significant variants in the way those activities are undertaken by the elderly people. In essence, FRASE contributes significantly towards a universalization of Ambient Assisted Living systems 

Financed by European Commission. Marie Curie IRSES Program

From 2013 to 2016

http://www.ubihealth-project.eu/

Pervasive Healthcare is focused on working out how to cope with the next generation challenges in healthcare. Addressing these challenges will require expertise and knowledge exchange with countries beyond European borders as well as training of the next generation of researchers in order to gain the expertise necessary to be able to address the upcoming challenges. Moreover, research on Pervasive Healthcare has been conducted in several areas, ranging from assisting independent living at home, supporting hospital staff, promotion healthy habits, or providing care to for people with special needs. Each of the members of the consortium has worked in one or more of these areas and they will bring this expertise to the Consortium in terms of multi-disciplinary, methodological and technical approaches. The UBI-HEALTH program will create a stimulating research exchange foundation that will equip students from different continents with expertise in Pervasive Healthcare. The knowledge of requirements and available technologies for healthcare will be shared and become complementary between students, researchers and host institutions from Europe and the associated third countries. This will allow students to put this knowledge in use in their own context, improving healthcare provisioning and impacting on both preventative medicine and alternative means of treatment. The main focus of the exchange program is to enable new generation of researchers to adapt novel technologies in different healthcare contexts and establish a network of knowledge dissemination between Europe and third countries.

Financed by European Union. AAL Joint Programme (Call 5)

From January 2013 to December 2015

Older persons wish to live independently in their homes and to perform daily activities without relying on or asking for external help. For some, provision of support to Instru- mental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) may become a neces- sity to enable them to adequately cope with daily living.

The proposed “Personal IADL Assistant” system (“PIA sys- tem”) will provide primary end-users with effective IADL support by offering video clips of desired topics of daily living activities on a touch screen-based tablet PC (“PIA tab- let”). Sensors are placed in different locations in the prima- ry end-user’s home, in order to help the PIA system choose and present location-relevant video clips.

For instance, in the bathroom, the end-user may choose between videos showing the usage of the washing machine, setting the correct temperature on the shower, or doing a pedicure. The PIA user interface is clear and simple. The user just presses a confirm button to start the video. The video can be stopped, re-played, played slowly etc. There is a help button which sends a “con- tact me” message to pre-chosen carers if the user experiences insurmountable difficulties and needs more concrete help. Check-lists may be implemented as short video sequences.

The video clips can be produced by formal or informal carers, or even be provided by producers of appliances. The PIA system offers video clip templates and practical guidelines to the secondary end-users to facilitate production of the video clips and to integrate basic interactivity in these. The video clips are up-loaded to the PIA video libraries stored in the cloud and also stored locally within the PIA client application on the tablet. The PIA web application connects carers and assists the se- condary end-users in all steps of setting up the PIA system in the primary end-user’s home, including advice on how to choose and choose the sensors and place them in the home.

 

Financed by Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia. CICYT TIN2010-20510-C04-04

From January 2011 to December 2013

The reach to everybody of the benefits of Information and Knowledge Society demands the research and transfer to industrial scale of accessible and efficient solutions which are aware of population demands, specifically on the promotion of personal autonomy.

The TALISMAN+ project aims to research and demonstrate innovative solutions transferable to society which offer services and products based on information and communication technologies and promote personal autonomy in prevention and monitoring scenarios. This coordinated proposal will solve critical interoperability problems among systems and emerging technologies in a context where heterogeneity brings about accessibility barriers not yet overcome and demanded by the scientific, technological or social-health settings. The project will research and offer relevant solutions and results, both for the scientific community and society, exploiting in a coordinated manner the experience accumulated by the different groups involved in areas such as knowledge management, tele-monitoring, sensor networks and telematics security.

The results of TALISMAN+, detailed in their coordinated work plan, will allow the incremental development of innovative technologies and services, supported from the analysis phase with the participation of public entities and companies implied in the domain suggested.

Financed Work - PII1I09-0123-27

We have developed a system based on NFC technology and touching interaction to help nursing students to perform patient care tasks with simple interactions, including medication administration, clinical tests, and vital signs supervision among other. This is achieved through NFC services deployment in the environment. Also, an evaluation of the system was performed. The aim of this system is to reduce the information management from the environment and the implementation of this system in a hospital plant would increase the time that nurses spend with their patients. For this, each nurse has associated a NFC phone. Turn, the NFC mobile phone can interact with RFID tags (known as NFC tags) distributed by the environment. The necessary process is launched automatically when the interaction happens. A touch screen is used to display and synchronize the clinical records of the patients. (See the video)
In figure 1, the procedure of medication administration by using this system is shown.

Financed work - Junta de Comunidades de Castilla-La Mancha PII2I09-0144-4907

From April 2009 to May 2010

In order to facilitate people lives, we are working on a mobile monitoring system which allows patients with diabetes to have a constant control of their glucose tendency as well as direct communication with their doctor. Furthermore, we aim to educate these in people in their disease; so that, we are elaborating an education component meant to allow them to know more about the disease and how to make their daily routine more comfortable. As part of our proposal we have included a diet and a prevention unit; these aim to ensure a healthy lifestyle without annoying surprises for the patients.