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.


LEAVES: optimizing the mental health and resilience of older Adults that have lost thEir spouse via blended, online therapy

Loss of a spouse is a frequent occurrence in later life. While most older adults successfully process this loss and will return to a normal life, approximately 25% of the individuals are unable to do this, and progress to prolonged grief resulting in many mental and physical problems. LEAVES is an AAL project coordinated by RRD, in which we will develop an online grief program that will support in the prevention and treatment of prolonged grief, so that older mourners can lead an active, meaningful and dignified life. LEAVES will help older adults to process the loss of a spouse in an empathic and caring online environment. The project will include a real-life evaluation in which 315 end-users will use the service in 3 countries (the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland). The evaluation of LEAVES will focus on clinical effect, its business case, and technology acceptance. LEAVES service aims to soften the mourning process, prevents depression or social isolation, strengthens widow(er)s resilience and wellbeing, and quickens a return to societal participation.he 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.

SmartWork – Smart Age-friendly Living and Working Environment

The SmartWork project (H2020) builds a worker-centric AI system to support active and healthy ageing at work for older office workers. The aim is to keep ageing people working for longer by supporting them with unobtrusive sensing and monitoring of their health, behaviour, cognitive and emotional status, and responding to their needs.

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!

Please contact

Hermie Hermens
Professor Telemedicine

088 087 5702