Project: A P2P platform supporting virtual communities to assist independent living of senior citizens

Acronym PeerAssist (Reference Number: aal-2009-2-137)
Duration 01/09/2010 - 01/03/2013
Project Topic The main objectives of the PeerAssist project are the conceptualisation, design, implementation and demonstration of a flexible end-to-end Peer-to-Peer platform, which allows elderly people (not familiar with information technology) to build virtual communities dynamically, based on interests and needs they share. The PeerAssist platform facilitates establishing on demand ad-hoc communities including friends, family, neighbours, volunteers, service providers, etc. The community building process and the P2P interaction is achieved using information extracted from peer roles, profiles and user models, context describing the overall user environment, and is driven by a specific elder user request for service. The request is first represented semantically and then routed through the P2P network in order to find semantically matching peers and services. PeerAssist can support a wide range of useful applications including (but not limited to): (i) peer-driven organization of social activities (such as going out, going to the movies, exchanging books, organizing a social gathering, etc.); (ii) soliciting peer help with housekeeping activities; (iii) allowing support organizations to “push” relevant content to interested elderly users; (iii) allowing caregivers and family members to receive alerts if certain periodic activities of elderly users are interrupted; (iv) responding to emergency situations that call for an immediate action.
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Municipality of Athens Development Agency Greece
inAccess Networks Greece
Fundación Instituto Gerontologico Matia Spain
seekda GmbH Austria
Semantic Technology Institute Innsbruck Austria
University of Athens Greece
Warp Networks, S.L. Spain