News :: DemAAL Summer School: State-of-the-art technologies to monitor dementia
(19/09/2013) DemAAL Summer School has successfully taken place from 16 until 20 September in Chania, Crete (Greece). Not only many sessions on sensing technologies for monitoring human behaviour in relation to elderly and alzheimer's disease (the main topic of the Dem@Care FP7 project, organising the School), also practical sessions were on offer, providing opportunities for hands-on experience.
"The first practical session using the Philips DTI-2 wearable sensor was a big success", says organiser Yiannis Kompatsiaris. Eight SDTI-2 sensors were distributed among the groups of Summer School participants who tested them and examined their results on computers with the appropriate visualization software pre-installed.
The use of audiovisual methods for the assessment of dementia and its progression was presented in four talks. Demos with static RGB (conventional) cameras, RGB-D cameras and wearable GoPro cameras took place. Participants were able to test out the wearable GoPro camera which is used for localization, scene saliency detection and object recognition.
Even a small home-like environment was created with chairs and tables, where participants were able to perform ADLs recorded by RGB-D cameras that provided real time activity recognition results.
The Dem@Care project (www.demcare.eu) is part of the 7th Framework Program. It aspires to contribute to the timely diagnosis, assessment, maintenance and promotion of self-independence of people with dementia, by deepening the understanding of how the disease affects their everyday life and behaviour.