Unobtrusive Smart Environments for Independent Living (USEFIL). [FUNDER: Framework 7, ICT Call].

  • Papadopoulos, Homer (Principal Investigator)
  • Szczepura, Ala (Co-Investigator)
  • James, Christopher (Co-Investigator)
  • Katasonov , Artem (Co-Investigator)
  • Lawo, Martin (Co-Investigator)
  • Bamidis, Panagiotis (Co-Investigator)
  • Mühlbach , Lothar (Co-Investigator)
  • Kees Tuinenbreijer, Kees Tuinenbreijer (Co-Investigator)
  • Lewy, Hadas (Co-Investigator)

    Project: Project at former HEI

    Project Details


    PROJECT FUNDING: Framework 7, ICT Call 7, FP7-ICT-2011-7. €4.62million,
    Szczepura €64,800

    The USEFIL project aims to address the gap between technological research advances and the practical needs of elderly people by developing advanced but affordable in-home unobtrusive monitoring and web communication solutions.

    USEFIL will use low cost "off-the-shelf" technology to develop immediately applicable services that will assist the elderly in maintaining their independence and daily activities. Installation of the USEFIL system will not require retrofitting in a person’s residence and will be almost invisible once installed. The system will be designed for use in a wide variety of residential environments something that will be validated in field trial studies.

    Because the system will be "software driven", applications can be easily added or subtracted with no real limit to the overall number of services offered. It is planned that unobtrusive recording may include behavioural indicators such as cognitive decline, emotional status and health vital signs; with information potentially available to informal carers/relatives and healthcare/social services in parallel.
    Effective start/end date1/11/111/07/15

    Collaborative partners

    • Coventry University
    • National Centre of Scientific Research "Demokritos" (lead)
    • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
    • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
    • University of Warwick
    • University of Bremen
    • Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut
    • Philips Consumer Lifestyle
    • The Maccabi Institute for Health Services Research


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