European-Japanese Virtual Coach for Smart Ageing (e-VITA)  

With advancing age, certain tasks become increasingly challenging. This includes managing daily activities as well as taking care of one’s physical and mental health. Particularly when living alone, the idea of facing such challenges can be perceived as extremely uncomfortable. Against this background, the use of smart and virtual technologies holds out the prospect to improve the safety and well-being of older people. 

e-VITA is a joint European – Japanese cooperation project for smart ageing with funding by the European Union as well as the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (MIC). The aim of this project is to develop a virtual coach to empower older adults to better manage their own health as well as daily activities. This coach aims to act as a warning system which detects different emotional states such as sadness or pain in order to provide appropriate help or to adapt the dialogue system. The project is ongoing.

Project Partners

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IXP will lead work package 2, analysis of end-user, content, technical and ethical requirements, and will compile information about behavioral, physiological, and psychological parameters related to emotional and stress conditions, well-being, health status, and mental and cognitive functions. Furthermore, to provide appropriate and customized emotional and social interactions with the coach, computer audition and computer vision algorithms will be developed based on advanced audio-video analysis and the collection of relevant data corpora. The state of the art on how to measure and analyze psycho-behavioral parameters will be extended with new approaches to analyze raw signals in various abstraction levels and provide emotional and social computing approaches.   

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