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An award for a NESTORE paper on social interaction detection with beacons

We are thrilled to share with you that our partner Filippo Palumbo, researcher at the Institute of Information Science and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council (ISTI-CNR), received the best full paper award at the 15th International Conference on Intelligent Environments, June 24-27, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. 

The paper Remote Detection of Indoor Human Proximity using Bluetooth Low Energy Beacons is about social interaction detection using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons.

The paper discusses how to capture and study people daily life interactions without altering the natural rhythm of interactions. The paper, written by Michele Girolami; Fabio Mavilia; Paolo Barsocchi; Filippo Palumbo; and Stefano Chessa, investigates the possibility of automatically detecting proximity among people, the first mandatory condition before a dyad starts interacting.

It presents Remote Detection of Human Proximity (ReD-HuP), an algorithm based on the analysis of Bluetooth Low Energy beacons emitted by commercial wearable tags. The authors validated ReD-HuP with real-world indoor settings and compared its performance with respect to detailed ground truth data collected from a number of volunteers. Experimental results show an accuracy and F-Score metric up to 95%.

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Meet the experts: Dr. Christina Röcke talks Cognition, Social Relations, and Emotional Well-Being

Dr. Christina Röcke is Deputy Director and Head of Research Group of the University Research Priority Program “Dynamics of Healthy Ageing” at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. In NESTORE, she was appointed as the expert for cognition, social relations, subjective (emotional) well-being, behaviour change, and quantitative empirical ageing studies. She answers our questions.


As an expert, what is your role in the project?

Our main role is to identify the most important characteristics in the domains of cognition, social relations, and subjective (emotional) well-being that are needed to describe individuals' typical and more stable levels of functioning in these domains. We also aim at identifying the characteristics that can help to monitor and describe the day-to-day fluctuations in those three domains as people live their lives. For this we needed to identify not only the variables but also the best way of measuring these aspects in daily life, using mobile technology.

In addition, as the psychologists in the consortium, our role is to identify and develop the necessary behavior change techniques (i.e., messages that remind and encourage people throughout the coaching phase) in order to sustain users' motivation to adopt a new lifestyle and stick with their own plans even when things get a bit difficult.

Lastly, we provide inputs on the setup and practical implications for the planned pilot study that will test the feasibility and provide a first glimpse into the effectivenss of the planned system and intervention.

What would be the main benefits of using NESTORE?

Many interventions in the ageing and health domain focus on only one domain (e.g., physical activity, cognitive training) and they recommend the same for every person. In NESTORE we take the approach to focus on four key health domains at the same time, and develop a data-based tool with information from the individual person to best provide a coaching suggestion that fits the individual needs of each person. 

On the other hand, the individual puzzle pieces or components of the proposed coachings in each of the four domains are very much evidence-based, to make sure we recommend activities and actions that are both theory- and evidence-driven. We also closely work in a framework of behaviour change that considers those aspects that can help individuals overcome the obstacles that many people face when trying to adopt and follow a healthy lifestyle. 

NESTORE could ideally help interested individuals to change their lifestyle in a sustainable way across multiple domains, and thus provide them with a companion-like toolkit supporting this lifestyle to really stick with for a long time – ideally forever.

How do you think digital technologies will change the practice of healthcare professionals in your field of expertise?

In my view, digital technology will empower the individuals, to collect data about their own health, and to do this in a least obtrusive way. Individuals can then choose to share these data with their healthcare professionals, who in return can rely on much more than single snapshots of laboratory based or retrospective self-reports of their patients.

This will in the long run help to make better and more suitable diagnoses and treatment recommendations - and enable a much more ecologically valid (that is mapping the true everyday life of people) evaluation of what works and what does not to help sustain independence and functional ability of adults as they age.


Read Dr. Christina Röcke's publications

Read PhD Noemi Boqué Terré's interview, our expert in nutrition

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Report: NESTORE meets the International Silver Economy community in Japan!

We are proud and thrilled to share with you that NESTORE was among the finalists of the second edition of the International Silver Economy Awards that took place in Tokyo, Japan from the 11th to the 15th of June 2019! 

Our partner PhD Francesco Carrino from the University of Applied Science in Switzerland travelled all the way to the "Land of the Rising Sun" to represent the consortium and pitch the project in front of Silver Economy actors coming from all around the globe, from France to Brazil.

This was a wonderful opportunity to develop synergies with stajeholders in the sector. Among them, one of the International Silver Economy Awards winner, Henrik Hautop Lund, from Danemark showed great interest for NESTORE, which could nicely integrate his initiative as a gamified intervention within the physical domain for balance and aerobic activity, for instance. That's a story to be continued, then...

Read NESTORE's event page about the Awards 2019

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Meet the experts: Noemi Boqué Terré talks nutrition

PhD. Noemi Boqué Terré is nutritionist and a researcher at the Eurecat’s Nutrition and Health Unit. She is the expert appointed by NESTORE partners to provide technologists with advices related to the development of coaching pathways in relation to foods, nutrition and health. She answers our questions.


As an expert, what is your role in the NESTORE project?

Nutrition is a fundamental pillar to achieve a healthy ageing and that is why it is a domain covered in NESTORE. As a nutritionist and a researcher, my role is to provide the scientific bases underpinning the development of the personalized coaching system, meaning the definition of the variables that needs to be monitored, as well as the nutritional requirements and recommendations for older adults, the guidelines for the nutritional coaching, etc. I also work in the design of the pilot studies, especially in relation to dietary and nutritional assessment of the volunteers.

What would be the main benefits of using NESTORE? 

I think that one of the main advantages of NESTORE is that it is designed on the basis of a multidisciplinary coaching system. NESTORE users will benefit from a holistic view of healthy ageing, that could definitively not only lead to an improvement of their dietary habits or their physical activity behavior but also to a whole physical and mental enhancement, helping to preserve their health and well-being as they age.

How do you think digital technologies will change the practice of healthcare professionals in your field of expertise?

I am absolutely convinced that digital technologies will facilitate and improve nutritionist’s work in different areas. In fact, digital technologies have been already introduced in nutritionist offices, in a way that assist body composition analyses or calculation of diet nutrient content.

Many tasks could be improved with the support of technology in the nutrition field, especially those related to dietary assessment, since nowadays relies on manually recorded food diaries and questionnaires associated to a number of limitations such as memory bias or patient burden.

Digital technologies are intended to support nutritionists in their different activities, but of course not to substitute the role of the health professional. Moreover, personalized and precision nutrition is for sure a real future, and digital technologies will have a key role on their development. 


Read PhD. Noemi Boqué Terré's publications

Read Dr. Christina Röcke's interview, our expert in Cognition, Social Relations, and Emotional Well-Being

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NESTORE at the OpenLivingLab Days 2019 in Thessaloniki, Greece

OpenLivingLab Days is a unique 3-day long event bringing together researchers, public authorities, companies and Living Lab practitioners to exchange knowledge, best practices, methodologies and tools related to Living Labs and user engagement. For the 2019, it will take place from 2nd to 5th September in Thessaloniki, Greece... and NESTORE will run a workshop there.

Committed to co-design its virtual coach, NESTORE partners from the Sheffield University in the UK and AGE Platform Europe in Belgium will discuss with participants how older persons can team up with scientists and innovators to develop novel empowering solutions to stay autonomous and healthy as we age.

Read about NESTORE's workshop

Read about OLLD19