Simplifying basic health monitoring in elderly patients

Bad habits developed in life play a major role in the developing and progression of age-related diseases: nutrition, medical therapies and physical exercise are among the keys for prevention and control. The HELICOPTER research programme aims at supporting end-users’ healthiness in an unobtrusive and simple way, through the monitoring of daily life behaviours. The HELICOPTER programme will look at exploiting ambient-assisted living techniques to provide older adults and their informal caregivers with support, motivation and guidance in pursuing a healthy and safe lifestyle. CIID’s role within the project involves front-end user-research processes, exploration of the user-interaction paradigms in the distributed system, experience prototyping of interaction concepts and design of user interfaces. The overall aims of the project are to make basic health monitoring unobtrusive and reduce the need for frequent clinical check ups. It will also enable several services fostering the user’s awareness and motivation to provide the caregiver with insights, alarms and reports.


The research is financed by the EU and its consortium consists of 10 partners: International Business School, Jönköping University, Brainport Development N.V., SPES scpa, Municipality of Skövde, Laboratorio delle Idee S.r.l., University of Skövde, SC Vision Systems SRL, Università degli Studi di Parma, Centro di Collaborazione sulle Tecnologie Assistive, Me.Te.Da. S.r.l. and Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.


Project Deliverables

The publication Helicopter People Centred Research describes the journey CIID researchers undertook during the initial research phase of the project.