The ASsistiveTechnOlogies and Silver Science Group within the Lab of Medical Physics has received major research and development focus in the field of Ambient Assisted Living and Biomedical Engineering or what is now called Active and Healthy Aging as well as technologies for Assisted Living for special target groups. It participates in the European Initiative on Active and Healthy aging (http://ec.europa.eu/research/innovation-union/index_en.cfm?section=activ…) as a Candidate Site of EPIonAHA as well as its Greek localised network activities (www.eiponaha.gr) and is member of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) with the Thessaloniki Active and Healthy Ageing Living Lab (Thess-AHALL: http://www.openlivinglabs.eu/livinglab/thessaloniki-active-and-healthy-ageing-living-lab-thess-ahall).

The group focuses on exploring shifting paradigms in elderly healthcare as well as care for developmental disorders and the different innovations and breakthroughs brought about by information communication technologies (ICT), mobile technologies and web technologies in general. The group consists of a diverse scientific pool ranging from collaborating healthcare experts such as medical doctors, neurologists/geriatricians/pediatricians, clinical neuropsychologists and academics all the way to technology experts such as electronics and software engineers, ICT specialists, programmers, mathematicians and physicists. Research in the ASOSS-RG follows several axes and expertise:

Pilot Experience: Patient adherence to care plans, interventions and treatments, non pharmacological new therapies and interventions based on early risk detection and ideas for integrated care, piloting cognitive and physical training (blended with exergames and cognitive games), pilots on activities of daily living. AUTH pilot management is extended to playback of recorded datasets on demand in a way of reproducing and restudying the pilot in real time.

Serious Games: design and development of tailor-made Body (Physical) and Mind (cognitive) training systems, Development of new generation exergaming (tele-rehabilitation) systems designed for mobile, ubiquitous devices that increase motivation and maximise the training impact

Decision Support Systems: Decision-Support Frameworks and Systems (DSS) based on predictive computer modelling for Promoting Independent Living and Ageing Well as well as Self management of health and disease

Internet of Things: Contemporary controller programming for preventive and rehabilitation interventions (control devices include inertial or pressure sensors (e.g. Wii balance board and remote control) as well as camera systems (MS Kinect)

Semantics/Analytics: Pioneering in ontologies development on the field of healthcare as well as linked open healthcare and serious game data analytics

Internet Of Things: Transparent cross platform enrichment and communication of data in Mobile Physical Exergaming systems for training the elderly or the disabled, Exploitation of recently developed prototypes that leverage web technologies to expose multiple contemporary controller inputs for mobile based gaming, -Contemporary controller programming for preventive and rehabilitation interventions (control devices include inertial or pressure sensors (e.g. Wii balance board and remote control) as well as camera systems (MS Kinect) or even newer body/mind sensing devices like contemporary mobile EEG systems (e.g. Neurosky, Emotiv).

Mobile Health: Mobile Health (mHealth) hybrid app development as well as mobile devices and web technologies leveraging and enabling more targeted and personalised exergames that support learning retention at a novice level.

Living Labs/Co-creation: The “Thess-AHALL” living lab (supported by the Medical Physics laboratory) is a hub of interconnected pilot sites that enable user-driven innovation in Active & Healthy Ageing and related domains.  As a certified member of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) the group embraces co-creation approaches by having built a strong network of adherent stakeholders in the healthcare domain: user requirement collection and analysis, design and implement solutions on architectures and technical specifications, pilot and validate the developed solutions, cooperate with multidisciplinary consortia to transfer technology, market and business analysis, training services for the healthcare. Our networking is strong since it has been in construction for the last 10 years in the Active and Healthy Ageing domain and pilots. Our dissemination activities (see Section 5) have made us well known so as to be invited by consortia, research centers and companies to do business together. The number of consortia considering our living lab as a pilot living lab partner has been significantly increased the last 2 years (Our living lab description has been included in more than 15 proposal submissions). This means that our identification as a living lab has started taking roots.

Some of the most important European networks of which the Lab is an active member and which are related to the activity of the Living Lab are: the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA), International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG), the European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR), Alzheimer Europe, etc. At national level, the networking ranges from end users associations (Association of Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders), hospitals (AHEPA) and rehabilitation centres. Moreover, the lab has built collaboration with the Municipalities of Thessaloniki, Pella Papagou-Holargos (Athens) and Orestiada on top of a series of common activities in the AHA Domain.

 

Apart from adopting well established co-creation approaches, Thess-AHALL contributes to the Living Labs community by introducing sustainable business models for LivingLabs and SMEs, matching supply and demand of ideas, contribution to the scientific background of LivingLabs as well as mobilisations towards openness activities as an active member of the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN) Greek chapter.

Some of the labs’s main strengths lie in:

  • The operation in actual community settings and residences following a paradigm of actual in-the-wild collection and processing of data, employing as much as possible ecologically valid schemes
  • Its strategic geographical location and its wide, trans-national network.Thess-AHALL is the only active Well Being and Health Living Lab in Northern Greece and the Balkan region
  • Strong Collaboration with: the AHA ecosystem in Greece, Nursing homes, daily care centres, municipalities, Alzheimer’s, Regional Health Authorities of Attica, Central Macedonia, Greece, Elderly care centres of the Greek Federation of Alzheimer’s Associations (some 20 units, spread throughout Greece). The Lab has established self-funded initiatives in technology driven elderly care, where numerous such stakeholders are already using the developed services (see http://llmcare.gr/el/map).
  • More than 8 years of experience in User driven innovation and evidence-based research in the AHA domain
  • Big, heterogeneous volume of data (behavioral recordings such as movement, activity levels, emotion and physiological signals, neurophychological recordings such as EEGs, neuropsychological assessment tests, interventional data: computerized cognitive and exercise games) stemming from the large scale pilots with seniors.
  • Business plan development for self-sustainability is already in progress and in line with the ENoLL’s strategy, which involves the active involvement of SMEs and industry from the demand side of innovative ideas and knowledge and society and elderly people and social services from the supply side of innovative ideas and knowledge.

 

Panagiotis Bamidis is currently Assoc. Prof. in the Lab of Medical Physics, Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He has founded and has been leading four research groups, namely, in Medical Education Informatics, in Assistive Technologies and Silver Science, in Applied and Affective Neuroscience, and in Health Services Research. In the last 7 years, he has been the co-ordinator of five large European projects (SmokeFreeBrain.org; www.meducator.net; www.longlastingmemories.eu, www.epblnet.eu, www.childrenhealth.eu) as well as the principal investigator for a number of national and international funded projects. His publication record consists of more than 90 international refereed journal papers, and over 330 international peer reviewed conference papers, as well as several book chapters / edited conference proceedings volumes and over some 1200 citations (h-index>20). In addition, he has been acting as a referee in more than 30 journals, and as Guest Editor in some 25 journal special issues. He is a member of the Editorial Board in 6 journals, Editor in Chief of the Int.Journal of Bioelectromagnetism and Associate Editor in the prestigious series of JMIR journals. He is the President of the Hellenic Biomedical Technology Society (ELEBIT), a member of the Administration Boards of the Society of Applied Neuroscience, the Greek Federation of Alzheimer’s Associations and Related Disorders, the Greek AeroSpace & Space Medicine Research Association, a member of the Life Sciences Division of the International Academy of Astronautics and past member of the Innovation Zone of Thessaloniki, Greece. He is/has been the Chairman/Organiser of nine international conferences (iSHIMR2001, iSHIMR2005, MEDICON2010, GASMA2010, SAN2011, MEI2012, ΜΕΙ2015, SAN2016, CBMS2017) and several national Biomedical Technology conferences. He is the Conference Producer of the Medical Education Informatics Conferences and associated Spring/Summer School Series in Internet Sharing Technologies and Open Data. He is a visiting scientist at Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Knowledge Foundation and a founding member of Chapter Greece. In 2009, he was awarded the Prize of the AUTH Research Committee for the Best Track Record in funded research projects among AUTH young academic staff. In 2015, he was awarded the title of the Honorary Professor of Karaganda State Medical University, Kazakhstan, as well as the Pospelov Medal for his contributions to Medical Education development by the same University.

His research interests are within technology enhanced learning in Medical Education (web2.0, semantic web and open linked data, serious games, virtual patients, PBL and scenario based learning, learning analytics), Affective and Applied Neuroscience, Affective and Physiological Computing, multimodal interaction and HCI, Health Information Management, Bio-medical Informatics with emphasis on neurophysiological sensing, signal analysis, and imaging of human emotions. He is also actively researching Assistive Technologies for Active and Healthy Ageing, as well as, special education/developmental disorders, and silvergaming/exergaming/silver-science and the associated use of semantic technologies and IoT. Since 2012 he has established LLM Care ecosystem (www.llmcare.gr), the business exploitation of the LLM project, which is a candidate reference site of the EIP-on-AHA. In 2013 he established the Active and Healthy Ageing Living Lab in Thessaloniki (ThessAHALL; http://www.aha-livinglabs.com/) which in 2016 became an adherent member of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).

 

Dr Evdokimos Konstantinidis is the leader of the Assistive Technologies and Silver Science Research Group in the Lab of Medical Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (http://medphys.med.auth.gr/group/asoss). He received the Diploma in electronic engineering from the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, in 2004, the M.Sc. degree in medical informatics in 2008 from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and the Ph.D. degree in the Laboratory of Medical Physics of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2015. His research interests lie predominately in the area of medical informatics, particularly within assistive technologies (silverscience, silvergaming, mobile health). Recent research interests focus on intervention for elderly in the field of exergaming and IoT technologies as well as artificial intelligence in serious games for elderly people. He is also actively researching intervention for elderly in the field of exergaming, living labs and datasets sharing mechanisms. He supported the establishment of the Active and Healthy Ageing Living Lab in Thessaloniki (ThessAHALL; http://www.aha-livinglabs.com/) which in 2016 became an adherent member of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). In that context, he works on the conception and design of a transnational collaborative online platform for serious game development with and for older people (http://www.fitforall.gr/dev/). He has authored more than 30 publications in various international peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is currently deputy technical manager of another H2020 EU project, namely the SmokeFreeBrain project and he also works in the UNCAP project (H2020).

 

Antonis S. Billis is the manager of the Thessaloniki Active & Healthy Ageing Living Lab ecosystem. He received his diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2007 and MSc in Medical Informatics in 2011, both from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He also holds a Ptychio in Business Administration and Management from the University of Macedonia, Greece. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in gerontechnology and works with the Laboratory of Medical Physics, Medical School, AUTH. His main research interests lie in the areas of medical decision support systems, AAL technologies, exergaming and user-centered UI design. He has authored/co-authored numerous papers in conferences and peer-reviewed journals. He has also participated in two European research projects, namely ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) Long Lasting Memories (LLM) and FP7-ICT-2011-7 Unobtrusive Smart Environments For Independent Living (USEFIL) and a national project, called Semantic processing of 3-D IVUS, part of the operational programme, “Competitiveness 2000-2006”. Antonis Billis also holds a scholarship from the Fanourakis Foundation. Finally he has been a member of the technical chamber of Greece since November of 2007.

 

Relevant publications, products, services or other achievements relevant to the call

  1. Konstantinidis, E.I., Antoniou, P.E., Bamparopoulos, G., Bamidis, P.D.: A lightweight framework for transparent cross platform communication of controller data in ambient assisted living environments. Inform Sciences. 300, 124–139 (2014)
  2. E. I. Konstantinidis, A. S. Billis, C. Bratsas, A. Siountas, and P. D. Bamidis, “Thessaloniki Active and Healthy Ageing Living Lab: the roadmap from a specific project to a living lab towards openness,” in 9th International Conference PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA), 2016.
  3. Billis A, Papageorgiou E, Frantzidis C, Tsatali M, Tsolaki A, Bamidis P. A Decision-Support Framework for promoting Independent Living and Ageing Well. IEEE J Biomed Health Inform. 2015;19(1):199-209. doi: 10.1109/JBHI.2014.2336757.
  4. Bamidis, P.D., Vivas, A.B., Styliadis, C., Frantzidis, C., Klados, M., Schlee, W., Siountas, A., Papageorgiou, S.G., A review of physical and cognitive interventions, Neurosc. Behav. Rev., 2014; 44:206-20. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2014.03.019.
  5. Antoniou PE, Konstantinidis EI, Billis AS, Bamparopoulos G, Tsatali M and Siountas A, Instrumenting the eHome and preparing elderly Pilots – the USEFIL approach. In Panagiotis D. Bamidis, IoannisTarnanas, LeontiosHadjileontiadis, Magda Tsolaki (Eds), Innovations in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia, Advances in Medical Technologies and Clinical Practice (AMTCP) Book Series, IGI Global, 2014.

 

Previous projects or activities

  • Affection (Greek General Secretariat of Research & Technology)
  • Multi-type Content Repurposing and Sharing in Medical Education (mEducator; eContentPlus)
  • LongLastingMemories, LLM (CIP-PSP)
  • USEFIL (FP7)
  • DISCOVER (ICT-PSP)
  • Smoking Cessation Network (Funded by Pfizer)
  • CrossBorderHealth (INTERREG CBC)
  • UNCAP (Horizon 2020)

 

Significant infrastructure or major items of equipment

  • Two living labs for seniors and seniors homes equipped with Living Lab capabilities.
  • An e-home Living Lab for citizens monitoring of daily living activities (www.aha-livinglabs.com).
  • AUTH also supports the Chariseio Living Lab. It’s a nursing home with more than 50 seniors. A special room equipped with contemporary technologies has already been installed. Kinect, PC, smartTV, tablet, activity tracker are some of the technologies available in Chariseio’s Living Lab (aha-livinglabs.com)
  • AUTH supports 5 seniors’ homes. The senior’s homes are already equipped with most of the hardware and software of the main Living Lab. The seniors are encouraged to incorporate a minimum optional daily tasks such as interacting with some devices, wearing an activity tracker, etc. in their lifestyle. (aha-livinglabs.com).
  • The Living Lab network, consisting of a number of nursing homes, senior day care centers and other relevant site across Greece, is partially sustained by long-term student interships.
  • The group holds a huge database of senior data from the previous 3 year pilots (EEG data, exergame data, demographics, neuropsychological tests etc).
  • 2 Smart TVs
  • 19 touchscreen units for cognitive & physical training &wii consoles
  • an innovative system on smart rehabilitation &exergaming
  • 1 Neurosky sensor
  • 1 Emotiv sensor
  • 6 mobile wrist wearable units/sensors
  • 2 wearable physiological sensor systems with wireless connections
  • an in-house-made olfactometer for odour release and smell experiments

Software platforms:

Active and Healthy Ageing Datasets Playback Manger (Konstantinidis EI, Billis AS, Bratsas C, Bamidis PD Active and Healthy Ageing Big Dataset streaming on demand. HCI Int. 2016)