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SHAPES project presentation in CAMAD 2020

SHAPES project was presented during the “IEEE International Workshop on Computer Aided Modeling and Design of Communication Links and Networks” (CAMAD), 14-16 September 2020 // Virtual Conference due to the presentation of the paper entitled “Modified Machine Learning Techique for Curve Fitting on Regression Models for COVID-19 projections“, with the following abstract:

Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and was first diagnosed in China in December, 2019. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization (WHO) director-general on March 11th declared the COVID-19 pandemic. The cumulative cases of infected individuals and deaths due to COVID-19 develop a graph that could be interpreted by an exponential function. Mathematical models are therefore fundamental to understanding the evolution of the pandemic. Applying machine learning prediction methods in conjunction with cloud computing to such models will be beneficial in designing effective control strategies for the current or future spread of infectious diseases. Initially, we compare the trendlines of the following three models: linear, exponential and polynomial using R-squared, to determine which model best interprets the prevailing data sets of cumulative infectious cases and cumulative deaths due to COVID-19 disease. We propose the development of an improved mathematical forecasting framework based on machine learning and the cloud computing system with data from a real-time cloud data repository. Our goal is to predict the progress of the curve as accurately as possible in order to understand the spread of the virus from an early stage so that strategies and policies can be implemented.

Read the full paper at: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/9209264

Paper citation:

A. Andreas, C. X. Mavromoustakis, G. Mastorakis, S. Mumtaz, J. M. Batalla and E. Pallis, “Modified Machine Learning Techique for Curve Fitting on Regression Models for COVID-19 projections,” 2020 IEEE 25th International Workshop on Computer Aided Modeling and Design of Communication Links and Networks (CAMAD), Pisa, Italy, 2020, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1109/CAMAD50429.2020.9209264.

IPA congress SHAPES participation

SHAPES researchers speaking about SHAPES on 2020 IPA Virtual Congress

The “International Psychogeriatric Association” (IPA) congress took place on the 2nd and 3rd October 2020, and researchers from SHAPES, Porto4Ageing and CINTESIS lectured on digital health solutions for physical and mental healthy ageing.

The symposium, moderated by Professor Elísio Costa, was composed of three researchers: Soraia Teles, Luís Midão, and Pedro Rocha, and each of them presented digital health tools or methodologies focused on healthier ageing, both for older persons and caregivers.

Soraia Tele’s presentation was about an innovative tool – iSupport for dementia – designed to prevent or minimize the negative psychological effects of informal care provision. Luis Midão talked about electronic and mobile Hhalth, which are becoming prominent components of healthcare, and can be crucial to tackle frailty issues. Lastly, Pedro Rocha presented the role of evaluation on large scale health pilots, and its importance for funders, credibility and to improve conclusions and scale-ups.

The theme of the congress, which was held completely online, was “Mental health for people of Old Age in a rapidly changing world”. The entities that compose the symposium are all focused on tackling challenges related to healthier ageing so, their contribution to the event was very relevant since they enabled attendees insight knowledge on technology and methods that can improve digital solutions for different stakeholders on the process of ageing.

María José Santofimia (from Arco Research) and Andrés Díaz (from El Salvador Nursing Home) working together.

Solutions provided by Arco Research in SHAPES project

Arco Research is providing supervised or semi-supervised home rehabilitation services for older persons who need to exercise routines after accidents, cerebrovascular surgeries, musculoskeletal diseases, or simply to maintain or improve their quality of life and, thus, improve healthy ageing. The aim is to optimise the rehabilitation process and reduce costs to improve the Health care system’s sustainability.

Arco Research has already begun to test their prototypes, in collaboration with El Salvador Nursing Home (SAL), among its professionals and residents, through the different trial priors the pilot deployment. Arco Research is already receiving the first data and impressions about the totem or kiosk and the sensors, as well as the smart mirror.

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(Left) Rosa avatar, the virtual nurse (right) Screenshot of Rosa chatbot having a conversation with the senor user.

Robots meet the senior population. The future is today.

Your home and your community are where you can best manage your chronic condition. Clínica Humana works with older persons with multiple chronic conditions to improve quality of life and prevent hospitalizations. Managing elderly homecare means empowering older persons and their caregivers to become active players in their healthcare roles, increasing mental and physical engagement, as well as improving self-esteem.

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Dr. Maite Carretero, Clinica Humana innovation Director, receives the Cercle D’Economia Innovation Award in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) last July 2020 for Diabenur, an intelligent virtual nurse to help manage and control your diabetes.

Clinica Humana awarded with the Cercle D’Economia de Les Illes Balears Innovation Award

In July 2020 Clinica Humana (CH) was Awarded with the Cercle D’Economia de Les Illes Balears Innovation Award for DIABENUR: A virtual nurse specialised in Diabetes. This annual price acknowledges the innovation character of small and medium sizes companies withing the Balearic Islands of Spain. Clinica Humana presented Diabenur: the second one of their virtual nurses. Diabenur is is an AI virtual nurse specialised in Diabetes, design by clinicians that monitors, analysis and provide medication and health plans to people with diabetes. The virtual health professional accompanies the person 24/7 and provides him/her with a personalised and motivating health plan, that empowers the patient’condition self-management .

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Photograph of Professor Mike Scott from the Northern Health and Social Care Trust presenting at the EU Regions Driving Medicines Safety event.

EU Regions Driving Medicines Safety

The NHSCT team have been busy promoting SHAPES through invited presentations locally, nationally and internationally. One such key event was the “EU Regions Driving Medicines Safety” event in October 2020. This event was a first for Northern Ireland and showcased examples from a range of EU partners of how Northern Ireland is co-operating and working cohesively throughout Europe to deliver safer and more effective medicines use. SHAPES was highlighted as one of our key collaborative pieces of work.

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“Older adult engagement in user-centered, innovative digital solutions for active and healthy ageing” paper presentation in EuGMS conference

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical Physics Lab (AUTH) presented the SHAPES project during the European Geriatric Medicine Society “Fostering geriatric medicine across Europe” 7-9 October 2020 // Virtual Conference with the presentation of the paper entitled ‘’Older adult engagement in user-centered, innovative digital solutions for active and healthy ageing’’. ) Virtual Conference – 7-9 October 2020, with the paper entitled ‘’Older adult engagement in user-centered, innovative digital solutions for active and healthy ageing’’.

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Among others, speakers included SHAPES partners: Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf (AIAS Bologna) Lead Partner Task 3.2, Dr. Alexia Zurkuhlen (HealthRegion CologneBonn & gewi-Institute for healthcare studies) presented the Reference Site Oberbergischer Kreis

SHAPES at EIPonAHA Thematic Workshop

On 20 October 2020, the EIPonAHA Reference Site HealthRegion CologneBonn – represented in SHAPES by the affiliated gewi-Institute for healthcare studies – held an “EIPonAHA Thematic Workshop” on “Integrated care and platform solutions for better provision of health and care services”.

Almost 90 participants from all over the European Union joined the online event. It was an opportunity to discuss ICT-supported integrated care interventions for older persons living at home. The workshop’s focus was set onto the implementation challenges and the lessons learned from projects throughout EIP on AHA Reference Sites such as the Oberbergischer Kreis or the Portuguese Amadora, as well as by the multi-stakeholder open platform concept rolled out in the EU-H2020 SHAPES project.

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From left to right, the image presents (i) the eCare pain feedback function, in which a picture of a human body allows users to pinpoint the exact location of the pain they are experiencing,; (ii) the eCare dashboard, displaying the full set of the key health and wellbeing parameters affecting the user’s condition encapsulated in the vitals, living ambient, weather, physical activity, body and nutrition and sleep quality items,; (iii) the eCare vitals monitoring screen, showing heart rate, blood pressure and blood glucose parameters,; (iv) the eCare physical activity display of a swimming exercise accounting for the number of laps, the distance and the calories,; (v) the eCare body monitor presenting the last measurements of weight, body mass index and body water and the weight goal; and (vi) the eCare sleep quality theme, indicating the total number of sleep hours, as well as the number of light and deep sleep hours each night and their variance in a weekly graph.

EDGE’s eCare – Personalised Care Intelligence Platform

eCare is EDGE’s smart and personalised care intelligence platform that, collecting and integrating well-being, quality of life and environmental data, empowers individuals to create smart living environments that promote healthy lifestyles and independent living conditions. 

EDGE’s care intelligence solution provides (1) day-to-day non-intrusive and responsible monitoring of wellbeing parameters of individuals as well as (2) the delivery of remote monitoring of health parameters of patients at home who live with a chronic condition requiring periodic or permanent monitoring or who have undergone a medical intervention and need further observation.  

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SHAPES featured in RTÉ Brainstorm

SHAPES was recently featured in RTÉ Brainstorm, a partnership between RTÉ and Irish third level institutions,  University College CorkNUI GalwayUniversity of LimerickDCUTechnological University Dublin and Maynooth University 

RTÉ Brainstorm is where the academic and research community can contribute to public dialogue, focus on what is happening around us in the world and share new thinking on a wide range of issues. Continue Reading SHAPES featured in RTÉ Brainstorm