Aid2BeWell – AI-based Emotion Detection and Behaviour Change Robot Support System to Benefit Ageing Well
AID2BeWell is exploring the use of cutting-edge AI technology to develop a robot assistance system (ROSS) that recognises and responds to the mood of older people with Just-In-Time Adaptive Interventions (JITAIs) to support active and healthy ageing in their own homes.
Active and healthy aging includes promoting physical health for mobility and independence, but also mental health for well-being and high quality of life. In this greying society leveraging technology to support active and healthy aging to reduce the risk of depression or health problems is challenging but promising.
There are a wide array of lifestyle interventions that could benefit healthy aging if delivered in the most effective way. A key technology that could help older adults in their home environment is a robot platform that delivers adaptive personal behaviour change suggestions promoting well-being.
Recent robots for older users are usually simple systems primarily combating loneliness or specific tasks
(taking medications) or complex systems aimed at larger health care organizations. With this project,
we intend to create an AI-based emotion detection behaviour change personal robot support system
(ROSS). With a strong focus on end-user requirements, we will find the best way to develop ROSS to
benefit the older user. Emotion recognition will go further than basic emotions by including complex
emotions and longer mood states based on arousal and valence levels. This will ultimately allow for
more empathic and beneficial human-robot interactions.
The innovative nature of AID2BeWell lies in
- the primary end-user focus and involvement,
- beyond the state of the art AI emotion and mood recognition, and
- the integration of Just-In-Time Adaptive Interventions (JITAIs).