PREventive Care Infrastructure based On Ubiquitous Sensing (PRECIOUS)
The goal of the project is to provide a preventive care system to promote healthy lifestyles, which is comprised of three components: (1) transparent sensors for monitoring user context and health indicators (food intake, sleep and activity) that deliver ambient data about current user behavior; (2) users are represented by individual virtual models, which infer health risks and suggest behavioral changes; (3) state-of-the-art motivational techniques originating from gamification and motivational interviews to trigger a set of feedback tools to change the user habits toward more healthy behavior.
While related projects usually focus on developing specific sensors, middleware solutions, health monitoring systems, eHealth services, etc., both the individual virtual model and the associated motivational tools will provide key innovation steps towards a preventive care system with measurable impacts on user behavior. Thus there is a clear potential for large scale commercialization and sustainable societal footprint (e.g. with respect to cost saving in the public health sector as well as quality of life improvements).
To reach these goals, the PRECIOUS consortium gathers partners from academia, SMEs and hospitals with comprehensive expertise in networking, pervasive sensing, cognitive analysis, nutrition research, semantic technologies, psychological theory and motivational techniques.
The University of Vienna participates in PRECIOUS with three different research groups:
- Forschungsgruppe Entertainment Computing
- Forschungsgruppe Multimedia Information Systems
- Forschungsgruppe Cooperative Systems
- Aalto University - Department of Communications and Networking
- University of Helsinki - Faculty of Social Sciences
- Firstbeat Technologies Ltd.
- Telecom Bretagne (Brest)
- Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron
- Campden BRI