The main aim of the Miraculous-Life project is to design, develop and evaluate an innovative usercentric
technological solution, the Virtual Support Partner (VSP), attending to the elder (65+) daily
activity and safety needs, while the elder goes about his normal daily life. The VSP will provide
implicit daily activities support which is based on behaviour and emotional understanding and
appropriate respond exhibiting distinctive emotions, deliver in a human like way simulating in essence
the interaction with a real life partner.
Specifically, the VSP fuses together user’s facial expressions, voice intonation, gestures and other
contextual information of the user’s environment and provides intelligent responses and delivery of
services through an Avatar-based interface exhibiting empathic respond through face emotions and
voice intonations. Through an intelligent dialogue, and the use of different ICT services for elder
home daily activities support and safety, the VSP stimulates and motivates the elder to act.
The validation of the system will be realized in two well selected use cases in two different countries.
A minimum of 120 users (elderly people and their caregivers) will use the system over a six month
period. The system will be delivered to the user in form of a stand-alone consumer product, operating
on a scalable distributed network of interconnected tablet and Kinect devices, focusing on minimum
essential personalized elder’s daily activities care support at home.
The system will provide benefits on a practical, psychological and social level enabling and
motivating the elderly to remain longer active in carrying out their daily life at home prolonging thus
their independence and improving their wellbeing.
  • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
    • University of Geneva (UniGe)
    • University of Cyprus (UCY)
    Fraunhofer IGD (Fh-IGD)
    Noldus Information Technology BV (Noldus)
    Citard Ltd. (Citard)
    Zoobe message entertainment GmbH (Zoobe)
    • La Maison de Retraite du Petit-Saconnex (MRPS)
  Andreas Hochgatterer
  Miraculous-Life Project Coordinator
  Senior Expert Advisor
  Health & Environment Department
  Biomedical Systems
  AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
  Viktor Kaplan Straße 2
  2700 Wiener Neustadt

Project details

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Start date
Sun, 12/01/2013
End date
Wed, 11/30/2016
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