Keynote Speech

Vangelis Karkaletsis's picture
Vangelis Karkaletsis
NCSR Demokritos (GR)
Dimitrios Koutsouris's picture
Dimitrios Koutsouris
National Technical University of Athens (GR)
Conference room
Session time
Friday, June 23, 2017 - 15:30 to 16:15

Unobtrusive clinical monitoring with robots in AAL environments: the RADIO ecosystem
Technical advancements in ICT, including robotics, bring new opportunities to improve the quality of life of the elderly, their family and care-givers, and to mimimize the invonvenience and cost of clinical monitoring. Automatically detecting early symptoms of cognitive impairment, frailty and social exclusion would extend people's ability to safely and comportably live independently. 
The ecosystem proposed by the H2020 RADIO project ( aims to integrate multiple RADIO Home deployments, medical institutions, and informal care givers into an information management and sharing Ecosystem that is by design scalable, secure and privacy-preserving. RADIO Home is, effectively, a robot operating inside a Smart Home. In this environment, Smart Home and robot functionalities accommodate the user’s needs, while assuming interaction with the users as an opportunity for clinical monitoring. In this manner, clinical monitoring sensors do not need to be masked but become an obvious, yet discrete and accepted, part of the user’s daily life. Moreover, a robot has a dynamic presence in the user’s space, which can increase the feeling of safety by being in the right place at the right time. 
The talk will present the project outcomes so far, focusing on the clinical and unobtrusiveness requirements which guided the design of the RADIO architecture, and on the architectural and methodological work to ensure that multiple RADIO Homes and care-givers can be interconnected in a scalable, secure and privacy-preserving ecosystem. It will also present the outcomes of real-environment piloting performed in the premises of our clinical partners, to evaluate the usability of the system, its fitness for its medical purpose and the compliance with unobtrusiveness.