ICOST2009 Demo

COGKNOW - Helping people with mild mementia to navigate their day

University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

COGKNOW project started in September 2006 for duration of three years. Besides the Telematica Institute, the VU (Vrije Universiteit) Medical Centre in Amsterdam and universities in Luleå, Ulster and Telecom SudParis are also taking part in this research programme.

It has been the aim of COGKNOW to develop solutions that help ageing people with early stages of dementia to experience greater autonomy and feelings of empowerment and to enjoy an enhanced quality of life. The core technological objective of the work is to achieve a breakthrough in the development of a successful user-validated cognitive prosthetic device with associated services for persons with mild dementia. The project therefore hope, through cognitive reinforcement, to assist dementia suffers to: remember, maintain social contact, perform daily life activities and enhance their feelings of safety.


COHABIT - Ambient assistive living platform for ageing people in-place

Handicom Lab., TELECOM SudParis and Handco Inc., France


SHIMMER - A wearable open source platform for Biomedical Research

SHIMMER Research, Ireland

During ICOST, SHIMMER Research will show the following applications:

  • Activity monitor - using 3 wearable sensors placed on the body we will display an individual's position streaming over Bluetooth in realtime;
  • Accelerometer and ECG Mobile phone application - the user wears an ECG shimmer and we will demonstrate an application to record and transmit this data with a Symbian mobile phone and onwards to a PC via GSM or wifi networks.
  • Device Networking - a proxy server which will connect over Bluetooth to a Shimmer. Added to this we will show a client/viewer, which could be running in multiple instances on different computers on the network. On the 'viewer' the flow of data on up to 6 channels can be displayed at the same rate as the data being sent by the Shimmer


ARCHIPEL - A Pervasive Cognitive Assistant

University of Sherbrooke, DOMUS Lab.

Archipel is a pervasive cognitive assistant for cognitively impaired people. Archipel acts as a cognitive orthosis able to address deficits of attention, initiation, memory and planning. It uses environmental data coming from distributed sensors to monitor tasks completion. Given the task representation, a diagnosis matching errors realized during task completion is done. It enables the orthosis to provide an adapted assistance, deployed in the environment using touch screens for illustrative pictures or videos, lighting devices (powerline and wireless systems) to put emphasis on objects location, speakers to deliver cues or messages. Assistance can also be provided on the person request. A demonstration of the orthosis will be presented, by using a toy kitchen equiped with some sensors and effectors.