Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

Regional Initiatives

Independent living with intellectual disabilities – ANDDI – 2014 - 2017

ANDDI leverages the abilities of individuals with ID and the recent technological advances to develop a variety of assistive services addressing their daily needs. These services draw on our expertise in cognitive science and computer science, dedicated to assisting users with technologies. In particular, we use our platform, named HomeAssist, dedicated to the independently living of older adults. This project is funded by the Region of Aquitaine.

Platform for Assisted Living – HomeAssist 24 – 2013 – 2016

The objective of this project is to provide an open platform of digital assistance dedicated to aging in place. This project is in collaboration with researchers in Cognitive Science (University of Bordeaux) and the UDCCAS Gironde (Union Départementale des Centres Communaux d’Action Sociale) managing elderly care. This project includes a need analysis, the development of assistive applications and their experimental validation. To validate HomeAssist 24 homes of older adults are equipped during 9 months, and matched with 24 control, non-equipped participants. This work is funded by CARSAT, the Region of Aquitaine, and the District of Gironde.

Populational Study of HomeAssist – HomeAssist 500 – 2015 - 2017

We conduct a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) of HomeAssist with older adults, ranging from autonomous to mildly cognitively impaired (e.g., Alzheimer disease (AD) in its early stage). The RCT is considered as the gold standard of a true experimental design. Furthermore, it provides strong evidence for causal relationships, as well as the ability to generalize the results to people outside the study’s sample. The study design will thus be a single-blinded RCT. It will include up to 500 participants, matched with non-equipped participants. The HomeAssist intervention will involve monitoring as well as compensation services to support independent living in place. The duration of the HomeAssist intervention is of 12 months. This project is funded by the Region of Aquitaine, the Districts of Gironde and Pyrénées Atlantique, CARSAT Aquitaine, UDCCAS, and CNSA.