International Workshop
Health & Well Being
in conjunction with
ICVS 2011
19 September 2011, Sophia Antipolis (France)
    ICVS 2011


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WELCOME to the health & well being workshop of ICVS 2011

Workshop program available


Maintaining the dignity and autonomy of the elderly is at stake, therefore opening research perspectives of interest for Inria Project Teams ( IPT). In order to promote this theme and to coordinate the involved activity researches amongst Inria institute, a Large Scale Initiative Action gathers nine projects team from Nancy, Grenoble, Sophia Antipolis and Rennes in one cross-entity named PAL (Personally Assisted Living)

On the 19th of September 2011 a workshop will take place at Inria Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée, to present this LSI Action and the researches pursued. This meeting is aiming at sharing experiences and achievement with people outside from Inria but all the same involved and interested in this theme of Autonomy of the elderly and their maintaining at home.

This workshop will be part of the 8th Int. Conf. on Computer Vision Systems ICVS hold on 20 - 22 September 2011. see ICVS

Research Centre INRIA Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée
2004, route des Lucioles - BP 93 - 06902 Sophia Antipolis Cedex, France

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Workshop program

All the sessions will be held in the Jacques Morgenstern amphitheatre, Gilles Kahn Building.
Monday, September 19, 2011

08:30 - 09:00  Welcome
09:00 - 09:30 Opening
Presentation of the Large Scale Initiative Action Personally Assisted Living (PAL)
David Daney

09:30 - 10:30
Session Actimetry:
Session Chair(s): Francois Bremond

From Smart Houses to Smart Care (30'):
Bessam Abdulrazak (Universite de Sherbrooke)

Intelligent Tiles : Spatial Computing for Actimetry (30'):
Speaker:  Olivier Simonin (Maia)

10:30 - 11:00
Pause (30') or Demo I (15 persons)
Francois Bremond (Pulsar)

11:00 - 12:00
Session SmartHome II:
Session Chair(s): James Crowley

MemoryLane - Building digital life stories for memory support (30'):
Speaker: Basel Kikhia   

Network interoperability and QoS for smart homes (30'):
Speaker  Ye Qiong Song (Trio)

12:00 - 13:00
Session Demo:
Coprin, Jean-Pierre Merlet (25 persons) (30')
Arobas, Patrick Rives (25 persons) (30')

13:00 - 13:45 Lunch + Demo

13:00 - 14:15 : Lunch at INRIA Research Center, Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée
13:45 - 14:15 : Demo II (15 persons), Pulsar, Francois Bremond

14:15 - 15:15
Session Context:
Session Chair(s): Monique Thonnat

The EIT ICTLabs Thematic Action Line 'Health and Wellbeing' (30'): abstract
Speaker: Jean Gelissen (Philips, H&WB ICT Labs)

ICT for the elderly (30'): abstract
Speaker: Prof. Phillipe Robert (UNSA, CHU Nice, France)   

15:15 - 16:15
Session Robotics for H & WB:
Session Chair(s): Francois Chaumette

DOMEO, an open robotic platform for cognitive and physical personalized homecare services (30'): abstract
Speaker: Vincent Dupourque (Robosoft)

Mobility assistance (30'):
Speaker: Anne Spalanzani (E-motion)   

16:15 - 16:45
Pause (30') or Demo II (15 persons)
Francois Bremond (Pulsar)

16:45 - 18:15
Session Social interaction and Robotics:
Session Chair(s): Francois Charpillet

Staying at home in old age - Contribution of new technologies and organisational concepts to maintain independence and quality of life (30'): abstract
Speaker: Barbara Klein (University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt, Germany)

Emotions and human robot interaction (30'): abstract
Speaker: Christophe Rousset (Robopec)

Perception for social interaction:
Speaker: James Crowley (Prima)


  • Invited speakers
  • Pal Members
    • BREMOND Francois (demo), Pulsar
    • DANEY David (speech), responsable de l'Action d'Envergure PAL
    • CROWLEY James (speech), Prima
    • MERLET Jean-Pierre (demo),  Coprin                     
    • RIVES Patrick (demo),  Arobas        
    • SIMONIN Olivier (speech), Maia               
    • SONG Ye Qiong (speech), Trio    
    • SPALANZANI Anne (speech), E-motion


Jean Gelissen: The EIT ICTLabs Thematic Action Line 'Health and Wellbeing'

Jean Gelissen studied at the Poly Technical School in Venlo, the Netherlands (graduated in Electronics, specialization Computer Technology, in 1977) and did a Post Graduate Course in Utrecht, The Netherlands (graduated in Informatics, 1986). His training was extended with a large number of technical and management courses from 1977 on during his professional career at Philips (Research Laboratories).

His professional career started in 1977 at Philips Research in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He started in digital signal processing, both in software and hardware development, and gained large experience in computer networks, formal specification methods, multimedia as well as multimedia processing architectures and embedded software domain with a focus on architectures and methodology. He has been Department Head of the IPA (Information Processing Architectures) department (research group) in the Lifestyle program of Philips Research and has been appointed to Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Lifestyle program that at Philips Research in 2006.

During his professional career Jean Gelissen has had a significant number of contributions to international conferences, journals and a number of books. He also has some 10+ patent applications on his name, some related to system architectures however most related to multimedia formats and services. He also has been involved in a large number of European project initiatives, as member, initiator as well as project leader in the IST (initiated and lead the OZONE and AMIGO projects) and ITEA (initiated and lead the EUROPA, Robocop, Space4U, Trust4All and Metaverse1 projects) programs.

He has been involved in the ISO/IEC MPEG standards body for some 12 years, also as the head of Dutch delegation, and has contributed to MPEG-4, MPEG-21 and has initiated and completed the MPEG-E 'Multimedia Middleware' standard ISO/IEC 23004. Recently he has initiated a new ISO work item that has already resulted in the first version of the MPEG-V 'Media context and control' standard ISO/IEC 23005. Since the beginning of 2011 he has been appointed (part-time) as the Action Line Leader of the thematic action line Health and Wellbeing of the EIT ICTLabs.

Philippe Robert: ICT for the elderly

Abstract. Normal aging, as well as the spectrum of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer disease with its accompanying behavioural disturbances, can significantly impact personal autonomy and quality of life. This has major implications for our society as a whole. In this context, the utilisation of and help from new technologies are being developed. It is therefore extremely important to develop high-level research into these new technologies, as well as information technology, and to experiment with how they can be adapted to and enhance the lives of the elderly.

Many efforts are currently undertaken to investigate AD pathology and develop appropriate treatment strategies. These strategies focus on preserving cognitive and functional abilities along with reducing BPSD and maintaining quality of life in the AD sufferer. Rating scales are essential tools for the diagnosis of AD, the assessment and careful monitoring of symptoms, as well as the evaluation of treatment effects. However these standard rating scales do not fully capture the complexity of a disease. In fact, AD includes deterioration in cognitive, behavioural and functional domains that do not always progress in parallel and may change idiosyncratically according to the individuality of a given patient. For this reason, information and communication technology (ICT), in particular, techniques involving imaging and video processing, could be of interest. Such techniques enable the patients’ performances and actions in real time and real life situations to be captured.

Philippe H Robert completed his medical studies at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in 1981, and received a PhD in Life Sciences in 1996 from the University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. A native of Nice, he is Professor of Psychiatry at the Nice School of Medicine, Director of the Nice Memory Centre for Care and Research (CMRR), which is one of the 24 official French Memory Centres merging competency from gerontology, neurology and psychiatry. He is also director of the Cognition, Behaviour & Technology Unit (CoBTek) at the Nice Sophia Antipolis, which aims to develop and transfer new technologies, developed for the benefit of clinical medicine.

Professor Robert teaches psychological medicine and psychiatry, and psychogeriatrics for the geriatric specialisation degree, and is also Director of the Masters programme in psychobiology of behaviour.

Professor Robert’s clinical research goal is to improve directly the understanding and treatment of patients who are referred to the Memory Centre. His research activities focus on neuropsychiatric symptoms and most particularly on apathy and on non-pharmacological treatment, He is also the clinical partner of the IPMC Sophia-Antipolis group working on biological markers and secretase.

Major scientific articles and book chapters that he has authored cover topics including memory processes in schizophrenia; behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD); the use of functional brain imaging for the diagnosis of early Alzheimer’s disease (AD); and the understanding and treatment of apathy in the elderly.

Within the European Alzheimer Disease Consortium (EADC), Professor Robert chairs the subgroup devoted to behavioural disturbances. . In France, Professor Robert is an Executive Board member of the French Society of Psychogeriatrics and in charge of the development of the national electronic file for Memory consultation Commission in the French Alzheimer’s disease 2008–2012 plan.

Vincent Dupourque: DOMEO, an open robotic platform for cognitive and physical personalized homecare services

Abstract. The main objective of DOMEO, supported by the AAL joint programme of the European Commission, is to provide evolutive robotic solutions to help frail older people staying longer and safer at home, using innovative Robotics and Information Technologies. Give more autonomy to seniors who are unable to perform daily tasks for independent living, and help caregivers in their everyday work are the 2 major ambitions of DOMEO. The need will continue to grow as the oldest segment of the population increases rapidly, and traditional family resources as well as number of professional caregivers decrease.

DOMEO focuses on the development of an open platform for the integration and the adaptation of personalised services to provide end-to-end support, for medical care as well as physical and cognitive assistance for secure independent living. This platform includes 2 types of robots, and the necessary tools for integration of various medical devices, sensors and services but also customization of the robots functions. The middleware platform of DOMEO is able to support the configuration of personalised innovative interfaces for non-physical (verbal, visual and tactile) interactions, and the integration of existing and forthcoming assistive technologies.

Barbara Klein: Staying at home in old age - Contribution of new technologies and organisational concepts to maintain independence and quality of life.

Christophe Rousset: Emotions and human robot interaction.

Christophe Rousset After a specialization in robotics, at the Ecole Centrale Paris in 1995 he spent two years doing electronics and embedded software development in Houston at Schlumberger.

He joined ECA, a robotics firm, during 11 years. First design engineer then project manager and finally R&D manager, he worked on various projects, with innovative and challenging technologies : nuclear robotics, underwater fuelcell, automated test bench for helicopter motorization, warfare Robots (MiniRoc) for the DGA, AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle), ... He took part in many collaborative research programs in cooperation with research laboratories.

After this experience, he created Robopec in 2008, a robotics company working on two businesses : R&D engineering and conception, production and commercialization of Reeti, a PCBot.


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