Assisting elderly people living at home (SALIG)

The SALIG project aims to develop novel solutions based on ICT-support for self-care by elderly and the bidirectional awareness and interaction between elderly and informal carers in collaboration with formal care in order to promote and prolong the well-being of elderly in living at home. SALIG makes it possible for carers to, for example, visit the home of the elderly from a distance and experience it as if they were actually there. The primary benefit is that carers become fully informed about the status of the elderly, her medical status as well as her home and devices (such as stove and faucets). In addition, SALIG brings elderly and carers closer to each other by supporting continuous interaction between them. This also means that elderly become more present in the lives of informal carers.


The key components of SALIG are three-dimensional (3D) AV capturing and visualization in combination with sensing, actuation and identification techniques in support of remote presence and awareness. These techniques are introduced in the home as self-managed extensions to existing home audio visual equipment such as a networked media centre and surround systems, thereby avoiding introducing new intrusive physical apparatus, such as mobile robots. SALIG uses adaptive multimodal interaction and does not place new requirements on the elderly to handle complex techniques and new technical devices.

The role of our researchers in the project is to develop techniques that automatically track people based on Kinect images, and that automatically recognize the activities of the tracked people. In addition, we develop techniques for automatic fall detection.

For more information on this project, please contact Laurens van der Maaten.

Wenjie Pei
Laurens van der Maaten