QoL - Quality of Life

Quality of Life for Ageing, Disability & Independence

Members & funding

The Quality of Life (QoL) project is a five-years research project (2011-2015) between IPAL through the Institut Mines-Télécom, Handco located in Paris region and the University Joseph Fourier in Grenoble (France). This research work has been funded through the Quality of Life Chair supported by the Fondation Télécom of the Institut Mines-Télécom in France and La Mutuelle Générale which figures among the major healthcare insurance companies in France. It was made possible thanks to our close collaboration with Handco, an SME based in Paris region who offers dedicated solutions to people with disabilities or in a dependent situation.

Research focus

The QoL project starts with an observation that many aspects of a smart assistive home are yet to be tackled because the choices made by researchers in the laboratories are not the ones they would have made if they were developing for real homes. This is where the project differentiates itself critically from the state of the art where the major contributors to Ambient Assistive Living (AAL) research are focused on developing solutions tailored for living laboratories. We introduce a stripped down vision of AAL, conceptualised in order to enhance the scalability of deployment of the proposed system. We need less sensors and especially less types of sensors as each of them need to be deployed in a specific way, with specific code and specific maintenance. The sensing system we have deployed is composed solely of motion sensors attached to the ceiling of each room in the house and a reed switch to detect the opening and closing of the house’s main entrance door; reaching an average of 7 sensors per house.

Naturally, such a low granularity sensing imposes a transfer of complexity towards the algorithmic part taking care of the context awareness. Therefore, reasoning algorithms in charge of infering activities in real-time have to be adapted in order to withstand the minimal contextual information available. This constitutes a key novelty of our current work.
This project targets a deployment of up to 500 individual homes in France by 2015 and a proof of concept has already been deployed and generated 2 months of data for 3 homes. First actimetric results are encouraging since they reveal parts of the lifestyle of residents. Through our close collaboration with stakeholders (elders, caregivers and insurance companies), we hope to ensure an optimal technology transfer by the creation of a service supporting independant ageing in place with both human and technological propositions. 

Research Team