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VisuAAL (Privacy-Aware and Acceptable Video-Based Technologies and Services for Active and Assisted Living

Coordinator: Professor Francisco Florez-Revuelta (University of Alicante)

TCD PI: Dr John Dinsmore

Overall budget: €3,973,703.40 of which €824,052.96 is allocated to TCPHI/TCD

The ageing population represents a crucial health and social challenge with relative economic impacts due to the increasing provision of care. The innovation introduced by Active and Assisted Living (AAL) solutions addresses social and healthcare demands while taking advantage of the economic opportunities offered by the Silver Economy. However, some of these solutions make use of smart cameras, raising concerns over privacy protection.

The aim of VisuAAL is to bridge the knowledge gap between users' requirements and the appropriate and secure use of video-based AAL technologies to deliver effective and supportive care to older adults managing their health and wellbeing. VisuAAL will seek to increase awareness and understanding of the context-specific ethical, legal, privacy and societal issues necessary to implement visual system across hospital, home and community settings, in a manner that protects and reassures users; outputs will stimulate the development of a new research perspective for constructively addressing privacy-aware video-basesd working solutions for assisted living. This aim will be achieved by providing a transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral combination of training, non-academic placements, courses and workshops on scientific and complementary skills. This holistic training to high achieving early stage researchers will be facilitated by the consortium, a community of researchers and industrial partners from different fields (computer science, engineering, healthcare, law, business, sociology) and other stakeholders (users, policy makers, public services).

VisuAAL will run from 1st September 2020 to 31st August 2024. For more information, visit the website.