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European research projects

In  the past years Zuyderland (former Orbis) participated in several European research projects (funded by FP7, AAL, H2020) as an end-user organization part of international consortia.

  • Miraculous life

    The main aim of the Miraculous-Life project is to develop and test a so-called Virtual Partner (Virtual Support Partner, shortly VSP), who assists elderly (65+) in daily activities and secures their safety during their daily lives.

    A crucial characteristic of the Virtual Partner (VSP) is the ability to analyze behaviors and emotions of the user. Facial expressions, intonation and gestures are automatically analyzed during communication between the elderly and the avatar in order to provide accurate reactions and support. The ICT services motivate elderly to stay as active as possible. This increases the independency and the well-being of the elderly.


    In order to investigate whether or not this concept meets the expectations of possible users, one hundred elderly and their caregivers/supporters test the system in two test environments (one in Switzerland and one in Orbis Hoogstaete (now Zuyderland) in Sittard) during a period of six months.

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    Duration of the project: 1 December 2013 – 1 December 2016

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  • CogniWin

    The aim of CogniWin is to find an answer to the cognitive challenges for older employees (55+), by developing an innovative system that motivates them to prolong their activity and productivity in automated working spaces

    The system supports them with maintaining, or even increasing, their effectiveness and efficiency at work. CogniWin is based on an innovative model that includes several cognitive characteristics. For example, if the system detects that the user is in doubt or in need of help, it provides information about what should be the next step in the software program that is used.

    Besides, CogniWin also offers personalized health advices in order to protect employees from unwanted health issues at work (like for example giving the advice to take a break). These personalized health advices are based on measurements from an intelligent mouse, an eye tracker and pre-saved health characteristics.

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    Watch the video about CogniWin here

    Duration of the project: 1 May 2014 – 1 November 2016

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  • GrowMeUp

    The main objective of the project called “GrowMeUp” is to develop and test an innovative robot (GrowMu robot), that assists elderly (65+) in their daily activities.

    The aim of the project is to provide an affordable robot that is able to recognize the needs and wishes of elderly. Cloud-computing technologies are being explored and developed in order for different robots to exchange information with each other. This gives each robot the opportunity to profit from a collective knowledge database with service information from other robots.


    A major advantage of the GrowMeUp system is the possibility to ‘grow’ during time and to adapt to the specific, continuously changing needs and wishes of the elderly. Specifically, the system contains an intelligent component that is able to initiate a conversation with the elderly, making interaction with the system much more attractive to them. By combining these conversations with the emotions recognized during it, the system has the ability to build an emotional, human-like bonding with the elderly. Because the system remembers more interactions, it can learn from previous conversations and use this knowledge in future dialogues and decisions.

    Involving the elderly from the first phase of the project makes sure that the robot understands information from several contexts and is able to combine this information for the elderly. For example, the robot knows their emotional status, daily behavioral routines and preferences and can use these for stimulating and motivating the elderly to stay longer active. In the long term the system accounts for practical, psychological and social advantages which can help the elderly to stay active longer and more independently in their own living environments. This increases the quality of life.



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    Watch the video about GrowMeUp here

    Duration of the project: 1 February 2015 – 1 February 2017

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  • CaMeLi

    Care Me for Life (CaMeLi) is the continuation of the successful European project Co-Living that was initiated in 2010 in Orbis Hoogstaete (now Zuyderland). In the Co-living project elderly were involved in social activities through an online social network. This stimulated the elderly to stay socially active and maintain their independent lives at home as long as possible.

    The project CaMeLi is, just like Co-Living, directed to the well-being of the independently living elderly. The online social network that is built in the Co-Living project is used but also extended. Tablets that face a Virtual Partner are being installed in the homes of the elderly.


    This Virtual Partner supports and stimulates the elderly with the execution of their daily activities, like for example a meal service, signing up for activities, help in case of emergency, fall detection, etc.

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    Looptijd van het project: 1 juni 2013 – 1 december 2015