University of Waterloo Researchers Develop Virtual Dementia Assistant

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Researchers at the University of Waterloo, led by Dr. Jesse Hoey of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, are in the midst of developing a virtual assistant designed to help persons living with Alzheimer’s disease in their completion of everyday tasks. This new technology, which the scientists have dubbed “ACT@Home”, will act as an in-home tool that is able to detect the user’s emotional state and accordingly provide directions on how to manage their daily activities. Hoey said in a press release that “this prototype will work by building a model of what’s going on emotionally in the mind of someone with cognitive difficulty and then prompting them to complete an activity of daily living in a way that makes sense to them in that moment”. One optimistic belief, held by the creators, is for the device to alleviate the amount of a partner in care’s input throughout the day and make their work easier. The team has already published two articles about this project and say it will be available for in-home use within 4 years.

SOURCE: Alzheimer’s News Today, September 6, 2017

AUTHOR: Magdalena Kegel

DATE RETRIEVED: September 7, 2017


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