The European AAL PETAL project will start in the coming weeks,
coordinated by Fabio Paternò (ISTI-CNR Pisa), head of the
Human Interfaces in Information Systems, a
laboratory that already participates in other international
projects in the Ambient Assisted Living area.
PETAL is the acronym of 'PErsonalizable Assistance Ambient Monitoring and Lighting', a project funded by the European Commission under the 'AAL - Active and Assisted Living' program (AAL - call 2016 Living well with dementia, project duration: 2017 - 2020; Budget EUR 1,904,527.00).
The objective of this Project is to extend the time older people can live in their home environment by increasing their autonomy and assisting them in carrying out activities of daily living. In particular, our goals are to provide older adults affected by mild dementia with useful and usable means to increase their awareness and control of their current lifestyle, by providing them with relevant and tailored information in an intuitive and natural manner. This will be achieved through an intelligent platform able to monitor elderly behaviour and remotely control their environment, in particular the lighting system, in order to positively stimulate the mood of the elderly and mitigate any episodes of agitation or irritability that are common in people with dementia.
The kick-off meeting of the project will be held in the next few weeks in Pisa at the Human Interface in Information Systems Laboratory of CNR-ISTI. (CNR News - in Italian)