Telecare and Social Link Solution for Ambient Assisted Living Using a Robot Companion with Visiophony

  • Thibaut Varène
  • Paul Hillereau
  • Thierry Simonnet
Conference paper


An increasing number of people are in need of help at home (elderly, isolated and/or disabled persons; people with mild cognitive impairment). Several solutions can be considered to maintain a social link while providing tele-care to these people. Many proposals suggest the use of a robot acting as a companion. In this paper we will look at an environment constrained solution, its drawbacks (such as latency) and its advantages (flexibility, integration…). A key design choice is to control the robot using a unified Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solution, while addressing bandwidth limitations, providing good communication quality and reducing transmission latency


Video Quality Voice Over Internet Protocol Video Codec Ambient Assist Living Upload Bandwidth 
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ESIEE-Paris team works in close cooperation for platform validation, especially for Alzheimer disease people with:

• Broca Hospital (Assistance Publique Hpitaux de Paris leader of Tandem project)) for content generation for cognitive stimulation and day-time management as well as ethics,

• INT for monitoring and sensors,

• IBISC, Université d’Evry, leader of QuoVadis project,

• Private companies like Legrand, Verklizan and SmartHomes for smart homes and services,

• University of Reading, leader of CompanionAble project.

Some research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community’s seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n°216487.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thibaut Varène
    • 1
  • Paul Hillereau
    • 1
  • Thierry Simonnet
    • 1
  1. 1.ESIEE-ParisNoisy le GrandFrance

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