PeerAssist: A P2P platform supporting virtual communities to assist independent living of senior citizens

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Projects - International Projects


Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Joint Programme, Call 2


30 months, starting on September 1st, 2010


€ 2,147,151.35

Short Description

The main scope of the PeerAssist project is the conceptualisation, design, implementation and demonstration of a flexible Peer-to-Peer (P2P) platform, which will allow elderly people (not necessarily familiar with ICT technologies) to build virtual communities dynamically based on interests and needs they share. The PeerAssist platform will facilitate establishing on demand ad-hoc communities with friends, family, neighbours, caregivers, facilitators, care providers, etc., based on shared interests and communication needs. The community building and the P2P interaction will be achieved using information extracted from peer roles, profiles and user modelling, context that describes the overall user environment, and the specific request initiated, or service provided, by a peer, all of which are represented semantically in a machine understandable form. An end-user request (query) is first represented semantically and then routed through the network in order to find semantically matching peers.

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