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Socially Assistive Robot (SAR) and Emotion


Socially assistive robots have been increasingly discussed as solutions in care and domestic use for the support of senior adults; however, a few of them (e.g., Jack and Sophie) include automatic emotion recognition. The emotions could be used by a formal (e.g., nurse) or an informal caretaker (e.g., family member) to support the senior in their everyday life.

A new, special colleague in home care


Very carefully, home care manager Joran Hoogenberg opened a large box, and then proudly lifted out his new colleague: the Guardian robot Misty II! Joran’s colleagues Yaela and Fred from home care, Rick from ICT and Klaske and Anita from communication were very impressed.

Health Valley Event 2022


Health Valley Event (HVE) is the place to be in the Netherlands to meet everyone involved in innovations, science and business in Life Sciences and Health. Past editions of our event attracted more than 1,200 visitors each year. In 2022, HVE will take place on 15 March – 17 March 2022 in hybrid form: onsite in Pathé Nijmegen with an online event programme. Onsite we will present Guardian on the booth of our partner See you there!

Interview: Social robot Guardian: friendly companion in addition to daily care

How to ensure that the capabilities of a care robot match the needs of older people living at home? With this in mind, ConnectedCare conducted field research by interviewing informal carers, older people and professionals. ‘It is important that Guardian is an extension of guidance, not a replacement.’

Design and development of the GUARDIAN ecosystem at ALTRUIST 2021

At November 13, Giulio Amabili, researcher at  National Institute of Health and Sciences on Aging (INRCA), presented a paper about the Guardian project at ALTRUIST 2021 workshop. ALTRUIST was at its first edition and counted more than 40 attendants. The aim of the workshop was pushing the synergetic contribution of Artificial Intelligence, Internet-of-Things, Robotics and Social Science to develop innovative and effective researches and technologies for the ageing society…

Third consortium meeting

Early October 2021, the GUARDIAN project team gathered for a consortium meeting in Ancona. Based on the findings from the user studies with prototype #1, product improvements were discussed and prioritized. We particularly focused on three themes: (1) Personalization and social companionship, (2) Responsible Innovation, social desirability and ethical acceptability and (3) Business Modelling and IPR. The meeting resulted in a development roadmap towards prototype #2.

Assessment of Domestic Well-Being: From Perception to Measurement

Nowadays, there are plenty of sensing devices that enable the measurement of physiological, environmental, and behavioral parameters of people 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provide huge quantities of different data. Data and signals coming from sensing devices, installed in indoor or outdoor environments or often worn by the users, generate heterogeneous and complex structured datasets, most of the time not uniformly structured…

Care organization involved in the development of an advanced care robot

Zorggroep Noordwest-Veluwe (ZNWV), a care provider in the Netherlands that is specialized in senior care, is part of the development of the care robot in the Guardian project. ZNWV supports the design and development parties to create functionalities have real added value.

Upcoming symposium: The COVID-19 Pandemic, A Catalyst For Digital Health

Despite the world’s challenges while overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, we observe its significant positive impact on healthcare’s digital transformation. The symposium emphasizes the extent to which the pandemic acted as a catalyst for accelerating digital health. Successful examples of telehealth, remote monitoring, and services for the individual’s health self-management support the motivation for using solutions like Guardian. The future is nearer than we think. For more information on the symposium, visit:

The challenges of implementing responsible user-centered evaluation in times of pandemic crisis

Projects like Guardian always include a long period of iterative evaluations and rectifications to end up in a qualitative designed product that meets end users’ needs. Nevertheless, the current situation we are experiencing all around the world has raised hurdles to the Guardian’s testing implementation

A robot that knows when an older person is feeling sad 

‘In order to support caregivers, we want the Guardian care robot to be able to detect the feelings of an older person’, says Alexandre de Masi, PhD Student of the University of Geneva who is involved in the research. ‘With Artificial Intelligence (AI) the robot will improve the interpretation of emotions over time.’

Guardian: a demonstration of the first prototype

Are you curious to know how Guardian would be used by seniors, their loved ones and their home care nurses? In a demonstration video of prototype 1 the use of Guardian is shown and explained. In prototype 1, the interaction with the Misty robot, is supported by the use of a tablet.

Nothing about us, without us: Early involvement in co-creation is critical in designing care technologies

As life expectancy increases, so too does the cost of healthcare. This is especially true across Europe where a large portion of the silver economy is driven by the care needs of people choosing to live independently at home longer. In addition to the challenges this situation poses for governments and the wider health eco-system, it places an additional responsibility on carers and family members to provide specialised, home-based care, especially for people living with dementia.

A social robot can be of great use in times of a pandemic

The University Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM) in Italy is involved in, among others, the technological development of social robot Guardian. Researcher Sara Casaccia: ‘In providing care services, a social robot like Guardian can limit the trips to hospital and the GP for older persons and their informal carers. This is beneficial in times of a pandemic’

Keynote: How technology is changing the way we collect, analyze and interpret patient-relevant data.

The ‘gold standard’ way to assess the behaviours, health experience, and quality of life (QoL) in adults implies using self-reports. However, recently, personal health technologies like wearables have shown to be an increasingly accurate source of behavioral aspects like sleep or physical activity. In this talk, we discuss the extent to which self-reports and personal health technologies provide convergent information in a cohort of healthy seniors contributing to an observational study for up to 2 years. In the next iteration of our research project, we plan to investigate how solutions like Guardian can be leveraged to collect accurate and timely behavior and life quality datasets, releasing the seniors from the obligation to self-report. 

Presentation: Social robots in long term care

Dr. Henk Herman Nap (Coordinator of the Guardian project) presented ‘Guardian: Social robots in long term care’ at the 2nd EU China Health Summit on October 22, 2020. The online presentation was attended by more than 70 people.

Care robot Guardian in the spotlight on Swiss television station RTS

Jessica Rochat is a specialist in human-machine interaction and works at Geneva University Hospitals (HUG). The Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) interviewed her on August 18, 2020. Jessica: ‘It’s still not common for people to interact with a robot. That’s why it’s very important that we assess the needs of the end users: older people living at home.’

Guardian: Enhancing the autonomy of older people – respecting privacy

Guardian is a three-year project that started on the 25th of February, 2020. Coordinator Dr. Henk Herman Nap and researcher Dirk Lukkien from Vilans (, share an update and discuss the role of responsible innovation. ‘We will innovate responsibly. Therefore it is essential to reflect and be constantly aware of the choices we make in the development process.’

Interview – Eyes and ears of Guardian care robot

Developing an advanced robot that supports older people, community nurses and caregivers. That is the aim of the international project Guardian. Vilans researcher and coordinator of the Guardian project Henk Herman Nap: “With the Guardian robot, the caregiver remotely knows where his/her client has fallen, the robot can drive to the person and a video connection can be established.”

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