The EU-funded WellCo project will develop an ICT-based platform for well-being and a virtual health coach to change behaviours and achieve a healthier lifestyle.

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WellCo delivers a new ICT-based solution in the provision of personalised advice, guidance and follow-up of users for the adoption of healthier behaviour choices that help them to maintain or improve their physical cognitive, mental and social well-being for as long as possible.

Advice is given through behaviour change interventions specifically tailored to the singularities of each user. These interventions range from goals to achieve on a Social Network to recommended activities around the 7 areas defined in WellCo:

  • cognitive stimulation,
  • leisure and entertainment,
  • supporting groups,
  • physical activity,
  • health status,
  • nutrition and
  • tips.

Guidance from the Virtual Coach

Recommendations and goals are provided after performing an assessment of the status for determining the probability of a given disease expression. Guidance and follow-up is provided by the Virtual Coach developed in WellCo. This consists of an affective-aware coach that is always active and interacts through speech with the user in order to:

  1. act as a virtual interface between the user and the platform managing the flow of all user-platform and platform-user interactions
  2. empower users in their behaviour change process through simulation activities tailored to their current mood.

The service followed-up and continuously supported by a multidisciplinary team of experts as well as users’ close caregivers who provide clinical evidence and knowledge about the user  to ensure effectiveness and accuracy of the change interventions.

International cooperation

Over four years, the WellCo partners aim to provide a novel ICT-based platform for Well-being, including a health virtual coach for behavior change. These tools will be using personalized intervention techniques that drive people to successful behaviour change actions and lead to a healthier lifestyle.

This project was awarded a budget of maximum EUR 3,782,408.75 under the framework program for research and innovation Horizon 2020. It integrates research groups, universities and companies from Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia and Spain.

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