WP1 Project management (leader: UmU with all WP leaders) The main aim of WP1 is to effectively monitor and coordinate the project, in administrative, technical and financial terms, ensuring adherence of the work to the overall project plans, available resources and timing. The necessary communication channels with EU services and external actors will be provided, and the ethical policy will be defined and monitored. The legal framework for the use and commercial exploitation of the AGNES system will be set and the framework for the management of IPR will also be specified. Specific aspects covered: project handbook, quality assurance plan, conflict resolution, management of website, annual/final reporting, financial reporting, coordination of meetings of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) and others.
WP2 User involvement (leader: UNED, with UmU, KMOP, MF, INGEMA, SKOMM) This WP is the most important one for laying the foundations for the development of networking, sensing, and interaction components. Use cases will be developed together with the end-users that act as a starting point for the involvement of the elderly and their families. First interviews with end-users will investigate the users’ reaction to possible display and interaction means, and acceptance of different types of sensors (cameras, mobile phones). Interviews and use-case development will last from Month 2 to Month 6, thus covering two months of the first rapid prototype being deployed in some users’ homes. These selected users will also be involved in evaluation interviews of this first system, giving valuable feedback for developing the next versions (see WP3). Field-testing and user impact evaluation (accessibility, usability, effectiveness, appeal, psychological assessment, and ethical issues) will continue with subsequent iterations of the project - as more advanced features are progressively added. Methods will include interviews, participant observation, and cognitive testing.
WP 3 Sensing (leader: TUG, with Can, AIT, UNED, KMOP, UmU) The sensing network architecture as well as sensing devices will be conceptualized based on the input from first user meetings and developed use cases (WP2). The resulting concept will be discussed with the end-users (carers and the elderly) to guarantee later acceptance and to get further input on improvements. With the rapid prototype, sensors will be deployed in some users’ homes as early as possible (Month 4) to get first practical insights on both technical feasibility and user acceptance (WP2). It will also be used to collect first data needed to build and try out the analysis algorithms and classifiers. During development, the collected data will be stored in anonymized form in a protected database. The data will be annotated by experts (UNED, KMOP), as well as including actual users as far as possible and where needed. Data analysis and state classification will also be conceptualized in close cooperation with and approved by the end users, and particularly decisions on which states are relevant, their characteristics, and desired network reactions (WP4) will be discussed with carers and cared-for persons alike. For privacy reasons, in the final system no raw data (video) will need to be stored. Feature extraction will be performed close to the sensors which then transmit only the feature vectors.
WP4 Social network and applications (leader: MF, AIT, UmU, TUG) This WP provides a services platform, from the start of the project, and applications for that platform - the MF platform already performs social networking & messaging on an internationalized platform for English, German and French, while a working prototype demonstrating interaction with ambient devices exists. This WP focuses on the robust integration of ambient devices, the development of specific behaviour applications, the integration of carers, the integration and dissemination of sensing information and the support of cognitive games. WP4 will: provide the basic social networking platform (from MF) develop applications for the ambient interaction devices (WP5) integrate cognitive games enhance server capacity for additional user base integrate sensing feed and responses of the elderly via ambient devices and mobile phone extend the network to understand the semantics of external carers design and develop message plug-in to communicate with carers through email or SMS research & design cognitive games develop, prototype & test cognitive games develop a mobile application supporting the elderly in daily activities develop a mobile front-end for the social network, based on user input from WP2
WP5 Ambient interaction (leader: UmU with AIT, Can, MF) This WP includes the development of ambient displays, tangible interaction objects and interaction mechanisms and protocols, including by means of gestures. UmU and AIT will design, develop and test new ambient displays and devices and work with Can on gesture-based interaction. MF will coordinate the setup, installation and support of interaction devices and displays. For gesture-based interaction, a repertoire of gestures of interest will be determined by a user requirements study in WP2. The approach to classify gestures is comprised of two steps. In the initial step the silhouette of the body is analyzed and cues about the pose are extracted. The work will mainly focus on the upper body, which is most significant for interaction. Separation of the person from the scene background can be obtained from the position detection system (developed in WP3). Following this, a suitable algorithm to classify the body pose and methods to associate the extracted pose information over time with gestures will be developed.
WP6 Integration (leader: AIT, with all technical partners, ONDA, UNED, UmU and KMOP) Integration includes system assembly/development (technical partners) and technical field testing (technical partners and user partners). Three groups of tasks are included in WP6. The first group, devoted to platform design, is directly connected with the design of the system architecture. The second group is devoted to the testing of components/enabling technologies. The third group concerns the overall system integration and testing. These activities are critical from at least three points of view: (i) as a few generic system architectures should be able to accommodate a wide range of possible application scenarios in a flexible manner; (ii) as it is the place where all enabling technologies/components are first integrated and tested for integrability and possibly adapted; (iii) as hardware and software resources can be a limiting factor in the definition of which enabling technology/component has to be integrated in a given application scenario and at a given time. The indicators of success are the number of application scenarios that can be handled with the selected system architectures; the setting up of the components testing procedure and that can be further adopted for testing future components; and the validation of functioning of the prototypes.
WP7 Exploitation and dissemination (leader: ONDA, and all partners) ONDA will coordinate the creation and update of an overall exploitation plan, and a business model exploitation plan. Dissemination activities (press releases, conferences, workshops, articles, books) will be undertaken by all partners. According to the volume and diversity of expected results, different forms of dissemination are planned. In the first place, a web site will be created, with the double objective of supporting coordination and disseminating the results. A section of the project web site accessible to the general public, will present general information about the project (details about consortium members, objectives, expected results). As the project gradually develops, further information will added to the web site (reports, results, recommendations...). The web site address will be extensively advertised through e-mails toward the different target users. Special attention will be devoted to large organizations which could serve both as promoters of the results of the project as well as possible customers of the technologies, methodologies and services that shall be developed. The intermediate and final results will be made public, depending on their level of relevance, in seminars, colloquia and other scientific meetings as well as in articles in specialised publications. As part of this Work Package a specific focus shall be given to IPR issues in order to guarantee that dissemination activities do not introduce conflicts with exploitation plans.