Meet the project partners: Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS

About FhP-AICOS

Fraunhofer Portugal’s mission to undertake applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprises and of wide benefit to society currently materializes itself through the Fraunhofer Portugal Research Center for Assistive Information and Communication Solutions (FhP-AICOS), located in Porto and born in 2009 following a partnership between the Fraunhofer Society (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft), the Foundation for Science and Technology and the University of Porto. With a team of over 80 hired researchers and a client portfolio from a broad range of areas, such as health, agriculture, retail or energy, FhP-AICOS has consolidated competences in:

  • Human-Centred Design
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cyber-physical systems

User analysis in different environments, computer vision, cognitive and decision support systems, and the internet of things are some of the fields of study in this research centre which steers its activities towards applied research and its clients’ success, with whom it establishes close cooperation for the development of innovative, intuitive, accessible and ubiquitous technological solutions.

FhP-AICOS’ track record in institutional and commercial collaborations has built a wide network of active partners. Since 2009, FhP-AICOS has been involved in 10 European projects and established partnerships with over 150 organizations in 31 countries.

Role in VITAAL

FhP-AICOS has a remarkable track record in the development of intuitive and accessible solutions, which, in combination with advanced techniques for sensor data fusion and human motion analysis provide the background knowledge required to develop VITAAL.

FhP-AICOS will take the responsibility of developing home-based interactive games and movement analysis tools based on inertial sensor data. Interactive games will be specifically designed for older people, taking into account their needs and specificities. Sensors’ layout and attachment will be optimized in view to improving system usability. FhP-AICOS will use these inertial sensors to analyse gait and evaluate movements while seniors play games. The proposed solution will also rely on concepts of gaming to improve engagement and maximize the results of the interventions.