Smart Reasoning Systems for Well-Being at Work and at Home
(duration: 10/2011 – 10/2015 /// funding: COMMIT (FES-subsidy for ICT)
The SWELL project aims to keep employees happy and healthy in the workplace, eventually increasing productivity and stimulating general well-being. This involves reducing both mental and physical stress and stimulating well-being and 'well-working'.
The project partners propose to increase well-being by monitoring an individual´s activities and health status, and coaching them in order to stimulate healthy and productive behaviour. The project specifically targets (nomadic) knowledge workers, which means that their working environment can be either in the office, at home, or anywhere else.
The activities monitored range from physical activities such as relaxed moving around and deep concentration, to patterns of information access for working, personal, or entertainment purposes. Monitoring is achieved using advanced sensing and reasoning techniques.
The collected information is used to provide users with feedback and suggestions to avoid both physical and mental stress. This functionality is implemented as an unobtrusive coach or assistant that is tailored to the context and personality of the individual user.
In May 2013, Almende and its daughter company Sense Observation Systems stepped into the project, taking over the role of Ericsson.
Sense will provide their knowledge on interpreting raw sensor data in order to recognise different activities. Also, they will make their CommonSense available to gather and manage all sensor data.
Almende will be leader of WP6 – Well-being applications for mental lifestyle changes. In this work package, an integrated application is developed for demonstration and validation purposes.
About the COMMIT program
COMMIT is a massive consortium of 10 Dutch universities, and over 80 small and large businesses, research companies and non-profit organizations. The program consists of 16 projects in different areas in ICT, such as search engines, parallel computing, embedded systems and databases. The projects focus on pressing socio-economic issues, such as health and well-being, public safety and science.