AI-based Emotion Detection and Behavior Change Robot Support System to benefit Ageing Well

The Project

In this greying society it is important to develop user-centered technology to support active and healthy living. AID2BeWell is a short collaborative project funded by AAL (Active and Assisted Living) Europe.  In this project we will research and develop robot software to help with a healthy lifestyle. There is a wide array of lifestyle interventions that could benefit healthy aging if delivered in the most effective way. A key technology that could help older adults in their home environment is a robot platform that delivers adaptive personal behaviour change suggestions promoting well-being.

Recent robots for older users are usually simple systems primarily combating loneliness or performing specific tasks (e.g. taking medications). Or complex systems aimed at larger health care organizations. Our aim is to develop software that can run on a personal robot and have intuitive interactions based on the emotional state of the user. VicarVision will develop their emotion analysis software to function on a robot platform. With the help of Salzburg Research, we will develop decision trees and integrate behavior interventions. Sigmund Freud University will be key in developing the scenario’s and ethical requirements. In addition, we have three end-user organizations, Happy Aging (Belgium), KempenLife (NL), and 50plus (Austria), to help in cocreation research and piloting the robot.

With this project, we intend to create an AI-based emotion detection behaviour change personal robot support system (ROSS). With a strong focus on end-user requirements, we will find the best way to develop ROSS to benefit the older user. Emotion recognition will go further than basic emotions by including complex emotions and longer mood states based on arousal and valence levels. This will ultimately allow for more empathic and beneficial human-robot interactions.

Contact Us

For questions regarding the project or potential collaborations please contact the project coordinator Tess den Uyl by filling out the form.

For people who are interested in participating in the project or have participated in the project and would like to have more information, please contact your national end-user organization.

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