With a budget of almost €4 Million, the EU-funded Holobalance project aims to develop and validate a new personalised hologram coach platform for virtual coaching, motivation and empowerment of the ageing population with balance disorders.

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Holograms and augmented reality games, along with easy to use sensors, such as smart bracelet, smart glasses and sensorised soles. These will coach the user with specific, individualised exercises, offering new forms of accessible user interaction.

A variety of experts are involved

HOLOBALANCE will engage the experts related to the management of people suffering from balance disorders, including physiotherapists, Ear Nose Throat experts (ENTs), neurologists, psychologists, gerontologists, towards developing a multi-stakeholder user centered coaching ecosystem. Suggestions for specific exercises and tasks and an activity plan will be provided by the experts in a daily basis, which will be then refined and updated through autonomous learning algorithms.

Big data based platform

Three different types of coaching will be provided by the HOLOBALANCE platform:

  • balance physiotherapy (BP),
  • cognitive training (CT) combined with auditory tasks,
  • multilevel motivation and physical activity (PA) promotion.

The platform will consist of a cloud based big data analytics component, with intelligent data mining algorithms, that will assess personalized heterogeneous data, such as:

  • motion capture sensor data, wearable sensor data, physiotherapy exercises movement data, clinical profiles;
  • emotional and behavioural data - through emotional computing and behavioural modeling minimizing attention theft;
  • provide personalized advice, guidance and follow up for motivation, goal setting, BP, CT and PA.

The accuracy in performance of the exercises will be measured objectively in real time, through a set of motion capture and wearable sensors. Experts will monitor the status through a visual analytics expert panel.

This project has been awarded a budget of maximum € 3,999,717.50 under the framework program for research and innovation Horizon 2020. It integrates research groups, universities and companies from Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

More information

HOLOgrams for personalised virtual coaching and motivation in an ageing population with BALANCE disorders
Project coordinator
Panepistimio Ioanninon, Greece
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