2009 SoundBOT

Proposal full title: European Open and Extensible Platform for Domestic Sounds and Noises Robotic
Services to Assist and Care for the elders at home

Proposal acronym: SOUNDBOT
Type of funding scheme: Collaborative Small-scale focused research project
Work programme topics addressed: Challenge 7: ICT for Independent Living,
Inclusion and Governance. Objective ICT-2009.7.1 ICT & Ageing a)
Service robotics for ageing well: Integration and adaptation of modular robotic solutions
Partners list
1 Secretaria d’Estratègia i Coordinació del Departament de Salut.Generalitat de Catalunya ESP
2 Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. GER
3 Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya ESP
4 Robosoft FRA
5 Liverpool John Moores University GBR
6 Italian National Research council – Information Science and Technologies
Institute ITA
7 Technology Group of Philips Consumer Lifestyle NLD
8 Muficata s.l. ESP

Leveraging Domestic Sounds and Noises for Robotic Assistance and Care for Elders at Home

Focus on the aim:
Hence, the project will be based on the processing of domestic sounds in collaboration with the Intelligent
Cooperative “Domotica” (smart home) and the family, social workers and hospitality services utilizing a
network of sensors (ie microphones) and the OSGI technologies. Main objectives of the proposal are to
develop the logical alert models, the daily living chores and scenarios, applications and channels to process,
analyses and manage the data in particular the sound files to provide healthcare services.

The proposed work aims at conducting a systematic study into the development of tools and techniques to leverage the rich – though untapped -- potential of domestic sounds and noises. This includes their integration with other home robotics, remote health monitoring, and/or domotics technologies to support the design of sound-rich situation-aware and self-learning assistive robotics services for home-based elderly people assistance and care.

Taking into account the health, safety, security criticality of such assistive technology – to name but a few -- the SOUNDBOT project uses a user-centric and participatory method to design, develop and evaluate the intended services. In addition, the project will involve all key stakeholders in the design and conduct of realistic evaluation scenarios, which will be conducted in three testlabs.

Building on the expertise and assets of the consortium partners, SOUNDBOT project will define appropriate formal representations of user activities, elders care protocols, situation-awareness for required system reaction and alerts (policies). Then the SOUNDBOT platform will use these representations for composing elders assistive applications and their associated user interfaces from home network accessible sounbot, robotics, remote health monitoring and/or smart home services.

The SOUNDBOT project will build a sustainable European DSN technological platform of Robotic Services to guarantee the development, knowledge outcomes and deployment of new reliable applications, services and business models for assisting elders at home. This will support the European Health and Social Administrations the inclusive European information society in the i2010 strategic framework.