Project: Adaptable Ambient Living Assistant

Acronym ALIAS (Reference Number: aal-2009-2-049)
Duration 01/07/2010 - 01/07/2013
Project Topic The objective of the project Adaptable Ambient LIving ASsistant (ALIAS) is the product development of a mobile robot system that interacts with elderly users, monitoring and providing cognitive assistance in daily life, and also promoting social inclusion by creating connections to people and events in the wider world. The system is designed for people living at home alone or in care facilities such as nursing homes. The function of ALIAS is to keep the user linked into widely society and in this way improve quality of life by combating loneliness and increasing cognitively stimulating activities. ALIAS is embodied by a mobile robot platform with the capacity to monitor, interact and access information from the Web, but without manipulation capabilities. ALIAS is not designed to replace human-human contacts, but rather, to enhance and promote it through the wide range of integrated services. By serving as a monitor, a cognitive-prosthetic device and a facilitator of social contacts the ALIAS system can significantly improve the daily life of elderly people. The consortium consists of a well-balanced mix of highly experienced researchers, developers, business partners and user-groups and aims at integrating a commercial pilot that unites all state-of-the-arte communication media, i.e. (video-) telephone with answering machine, television set, radio, music-box and modern on-line services, e.g. chat tools, Skype, internetbrowsing. The second unique selling point is a Brain-Computer-Interface (BCI) that will be included in order to train and preserve the mental functions of its user. In addition, a novel cognitive, fault tolerant and adaptable user interface concept is introduced to ensure a good usability and avoiding that people have fear to do any harm to such a system. ALIAS's proactive behaviour will ensure that the user stays in contact with his surroundings and gets mentally stimulated by adapting to the changing needs, caused by the aging process.
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Alten- und Service-Zentrum Riem Germany
cognesys GmbH Germany
Delft University of Technology Netherlands
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. Germany
Guger Technologies OEG Austria
Technische Universität Ilmenau Germany
Metralabs GmbH Germany
pme Familienservice GmbH Germany
Synergiums S.A. Luxembourg
Technische Universität Berlin Germany
Technische Universität München Germany
Ingenieurbüro für Technologien im Gesundheitswesen Germany
YOUSE GbR Germany