NextPerception – Next generation smart perception sensors and distributed intelligence for proactive human monitoring in health, wellbeing, and automotive systems

H2020- ECSEL-2019-2-RIA | 2020-2023

We put our lives increasingly in the hands of smart complex systems making decisions that directly affect our health and wellbeing. This is very evident in healthcare – where systems watch over your health – as well as in traffic – where autonomous driving solutions are gradually taking over control of the car. The accuracy and timeliness of the decisions depend on the systems’ ability to build a good understanding of both you and your environment, which relies on observations and the ability to reason on them.

The goal of this project is to develop next generation smart perception sensors and enhance the distributed intelligence paradigm to build versatile, secure, reliable, and proactive human monitoring solutions for the health, wellbeing, and automotive domains. The project brings together major industrial players and research partners to address top challenges in health, wellbeing, and automotive domains through three use cases: integral vitality monitoring for elderly and exercise, driver monitoring, and providing safety and comfort for vulnerable road users at intersections.

This project will bring perception sensing technologies like Radar, LiDAR and Time of Flight cameras to the next level, enhancing their features to allow for more accurate detection of human behaviour and physiological parameters. Besides more accurate automotive solutions ensuring driver vigilance and pedestrian and cyclist safety, this innovation will open up new opportunities in health and wellbeing to monitor elderly people at home or unobtrusively assess health state.

To facilitate building the complex smart sensing systems envisioned and ensure their secure and reliable operation, the new Distributed Intelligence paradigm will be embraced, enhanced and supported by tools. It leverages the advantages of Edge and Cloud computing, building on the distributed computational resources increasingly available in sensors and edge components to distribute also the intelligence.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (FI) – coordinatore, Acorde Technologies (ES), Aitek (IT), Benete (FI), Robert Bosch (DE), Brno University of Technology (CZ), Camea (CZ), Commeto (BE), Consider IT (DE), CSIC (ES), eLive (FI), Emoj (IT), Evalan (NL), Evotel Informatica (ES), Flir Systems Trading (BE), Hi Iberia (ES), IMA (CZ), IMEC (NL), IMEC (BE), University of Lleida (ES), Stichting Kempenhaeghe (NL), KU Leuven (BE), Macq (BE), Modulight (FI), NXP Semiconductors (DE), NXP Semiconductors (NL), Pozyx Labs (BE), RE:Lab (IT), Rulex Innovation Labs (IT), Smartmicro (DE), Seven Solutions (ES), Smart Roborts (NL), Televic (BE), TNO (NL), TTS (FI), Technical University of Dresden (DE), Technical University of Eindhoven (NL), University of Bologna (IT), University of Bremen (DE), University of Parma (IT), University Suor Orsola Benincasa (IT), University of Torino (IT), University of Vigo (IT).

This project has received funding from the ECSEL Joint Undertaking, European Commission (grant agreement 876487).


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