Consortium

Overview

The Vizier consortium consists of nine experienced and committed partners, namely five industrial partners (a large sized enterprise and four SMEs), two research institutes and two end user organizations spread around three different European AAL partner States (Switzerland, Ireland and Belgium). End users and SMEs are both strongly involved with clear exploitation ambitions.

University of Geneva  ⬦ Dublin City University  ⬦ Myhomecare  ⬦ NetUnion sàrl  ⬦ Verhaert New Products & Services NV  ⬦ Acapela Group S.A.  ⬦ Familiehulp vzw  ⬦ VIVA Association  ⬦ Salaso Health Solutions Ltd.

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University of Geneva

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he University of Geneva department Information Science Institute (ISI) has a team of 40 staff members and is active in research, technology watch, and creativity and teaching. UniGe has great experience in working in the areas of Virtual Humans, Dialogue Management, Emotional intelligence, Emotion Recognition, Machine Learning, and also on the area of design, development and deployment of ICT-based solutions. Moreover, UniGe has a long-term experience in working on different topics in the scientific field of “Affective Computing”, a field where behavioural sciences are involved in the development of computational systems. In this field, UniGe has been working on the computational modelling of emotions, personality, decision-making, episodic memory and other psychology and biology inspired components with the purpose of developing human-like behaviour for expressive virtual humans and social robots. It currently participating in more than 15 research projects (EU/Cost/National Swiss funding) in service domains ranging from services innovation and large-scale services to services for seniors and mobile users and from Personality and Emotion Models to 3D serious games.

Dublin City University

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  young, dynamic and ambitious university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation. To date almost 50,000 students have graduated from DCU and are now playing significant roles in enterprise and business globally. Today, in 2015, DCU delivers more than 200 programmes to over 12,000 students across its four faculties – Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Health, Engineering and Computing and DCU Business School. DCU‘s excellence is recognized internationally and it is ranked among the top 50 Universities worldwide (QS ̳Top 50 under 50‘ 2013).

Myhomecare

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ith 15 years’ experience in the provision of staff to the healthcare sector, Servisource Healthcare is a leading national and international supplier of high quality and innovative temporary and permanent staffing solutions. Incorporating a number of business units, managed services, training, occupational health screening and homecare. We enable continuity of care during peaks in demand, by supplying fast, flexible and reliable staff at short notice. We provide cost effective solutions which help our long standing clients manage budgets, reduce workloads, maintain staffing levels and deliver premium patient care. Myhomecare is the homecare division of Servisource Healthcare and is a nationwide HSE approved home care and home nursing specialist care provider, delivering safe, high quality, cost effective homecare solutions complemented by 24/7 telehealth monitoring. We employ highly qualified caregivers, nurses and allied health professionals who provide a range of holistic services meeting the physical and emotional needs of our care recipients, promoting Safer Better Healthcare. Myhomecare is at the forefront of introducing cutting edge technologies into the homecare sector, revolutionising the way homecare is delivered to people living independently at home. A new service launched last year, Myhomecare Connect brings homecare into the cloud, connecting homecare recipients with loved ones, carers, as well as with community services and medical professionals, all through the help of mobile apps. By collaborating with two technology partners CareZapp and NurseBuddy, Myhomecare Connect is implementing a software solution that tracks all activity from caregivers to care recipients with value added features complimented by 24/7 safe monitoring. Myhomecare Connect has three elements: personal care provided by a carer through regular home visits; CareZapp which remotely monitors the activity in the care recipient’s home and NurseBuddy, a care management system.

NetUnion sàrl

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n innovation driven SME developing technology-enhanced solutions for promoting care services in mental and physical health across different life stages (adult, elderly). The SME’s current main areas are: development of ICT based services for optimizing cognitive remediation through non-verbal and intuitive processes and therapeutic support for emotion regulation; end users interfaces development and integrating theoretical constructs from cognitive, social, and health psychology as contextual models for personalization of online services. This work is supported by an active participation European research projects like the EC funded projects: PREVIEW, DIOGENES (FP6) PLAYMANCER (FP7), SALUT (FP5).

Verhaert New Products & Services NV

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ombines the power of a multidisciplinary range of engineers, scientists and business strategists to support companies and governments with their innovation strategy. It staff delivers their expertise in mechanics, embedded systems, mechatronics, industrial design, optics, mathematics, material science, as well as business strategies and the tools to deploy them. Verhaert also helps companies, governments and associations to create value from connected technologies. They developed a wide range of methodologies, technologies and concepts to envision design and implement digital products, services and related business models. Verhaert addresses challenges in strategy development, sensor development, wireless network, data handling and human interfaces. Furthermore we work on activation strategies and concepts to create communities and product interactions.

Acapela Group S.A.

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edicated to developing and deploying natural language interfaces. ACAPELA Group is the European leader in speech solutions and enables customers to create new ways of conversing and interacting with end-users through speech-enabled, revenue-generating applications. ACAPELA’s multilingual speech solutions are available in many languages (33). Telecom, Automotive, Multimedia, Mobile Devices, Accessibility, Industry or Consumer Electronics, ACAPELA brings specific solutions adapted to each market sector, accompanied by a full range of services designed to respond to each project’s constraints. Today, ACAPELA is No1 supplier of speech solutions technologies to the European, Middle East and Nordic markets. With over 1000 customers across the world and thousands of licenses in service, ACAPELA speech solutions serve millions of users.

Familiehulp vzw

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ounded in 1949. After World War II the organization was set up on a professional basis. The founding mother was the movement of Christian Working Class Women. Until today our organization is associated with the Christian Workers Movement. Today Familiehulp is the biggest home care organization in Flanders and Brussels. In 2003 it developed a division PIT (cleaning, washing and ironing with service vouchers). Familiehulp is a home care organization with a wide range of services: maternity care, ill child care, post-hospitalization care, care for chronically and mentally ill people, night and palliative care, guidance at home for the elderly, repair services and cleaning help. Home care is not a standard package of tasks because it has to be adapted to the specific situation of each client.

VIVA Association

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he "Valorizing and Integrating for an Alternative Aging” association is a non-profit association based in Lancy (Switzerland). VIVA is financed by the city of Lancy and it is devoted to promote and enhance knowledge and projects dedicated to favor well-being and active aging in the community. VIVA runs programs promoting prevention, measures for community dwelling and institutionalized seniors, as well as interventions set to enhance the autonomy, dignity, sense of purpose, and identity of the elderly.

Salaso Health Solutions Ltd.

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  connected health company whose technology platform amplifies the reach and capacity of Physical Therapy services. Salaso’s vision is to disrupt the traditional Physiotherapy service model which is time-bound, face-to-face, transactional and labour intensive. Our technology facilitates a new, cost effective and scalable method of service delivery, through an outcomes based model of physiotherapy care, and in line with global healthcare trends towards value based provision and patient empowerment. The Salaso platform can help ensure increasingly successful outcomes from physical rehabilitation and deliver a measurable saving on these costs for any healthcare system and enable healthcare organisations to provide physiotherapy services to more people at a lower cost. Salaso is involved in Vizier as a subcontractor of Servisource Healthcare Ltd.