We can collect a wide range of data about a person using sensors. Examples include sensors that measure how much patients move in their daily lives, but also a blood pressure monitor, oxygen saturation monitor or GPS trackers.

From data to information
The big challenge is to produce useful information from all the data that such sensors collect; data that can be used to monitor people, coach them or warn a doctor if necessary. That requires smart decision support that analyses the data and acts when something abnormal or undesirable happens.

Wide variety of applications
We combine all our knowledge and experience in user-friendly, scientifically proven, effective and clinically relevant monitoring and coaching systems for a wide range of target groups. We implement not only new sensors but also state-of-the-art behaviour models to provide effective coaching. The applications we are working on vary from a coaching app to help prevent neck and shoulder complaints to a system that detects if people with the initial stages of dementia are exhibiting abnormal behaviour.

Research into coaching
We are investigating, among other things, in which area specific target groups would like to receive advice as well as how we can motivate people to continue using the coaching for a longer time and ultimately change their behaviour. Besides this, we are also focusing on long-term research into the technological possibilities of the future. For example, can we produce self-learning virtual coaches that respond in the same manner as a human coach?

Target groups
This type of research at RRD started among chronic pain patients, but has now been expanded to include COPD, heart failure, cancer, the initial stages of dementia, and elderly people in general.

Projects

HOLOBALANCE – Hologram coaching platform

In HOLOBALANCE (Horizon 2020) we are developing and validating a new personalized hologram coaching platform for virtual coaching, motivation and empowerment of the ageing population with balance disorders.

Council of Coaches – Multiple virtual coaches

In Council of Coaches, multiple virtual coaches form a personal council that supports the user in their health and well-being. Individual coaches have their own area of expertise, personality and style of coaching. Join a council meeting and learn how you can take control of your own health!

GOAL – Motivating game platform

The project GOAL (Horizon 2020) is working on a system in which good behaviour (physical activity, memory training and social activities) is rewarded with points. The points can currently be used in games, and will also be tradable for other pleasant rewards in the future.

Please contact

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Hermie Hermens
Professor / director Telemedicine

088 087 5702
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Harm op den Akker
Sr. researcher / computer scientist

088 087 5765