Long Lasting Memories Consortium Launches Pilot Testing Across 5 European Countries

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The Long Lasting Memories (LLM) Project, with funding from the European Commission under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme, announced today the successful launch of the first round of pilot testing for the LLM service in five EU countries. The early results of technological deployments and pilot participant recruitment were reviewed at a closed meeting of the consortium last week in Paris, and the pilot programme will continue over the next two months, at which time the first round of testing will be evaluated and early results published. In all, the pilot partners of the consortium expect to involve more than 500 individuals in the testing.

The Long Lasting Memories (LLM) Project, with funding from the European Commission under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (ICT PSP/2008/1), announced today the successful launch of the first round of pilot testing for the LLM service in five EU countries (Austria, Cyprus, France, Greece, and Spain). The early results of technological deployments and pilot participant recruitment were reviewed at a closed meeting of the consortium last week in Paris. The pilot programme will continue over the next two months, at which time the first round of testing will be evaluated and early results published. In all, the pilot partners of the consortium expect to involve more than 500 individuals in the testing, which is expected to provide significant insights both as to scientific results and real-world application of cognitive and physical exercise as a synergistic approach to health in the elderly.

The project’s work is being coordinated by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH)/Medical School in Greece, and includes partners from 6 other European countries. Panos Bamidis, from the AUTH Medical School and the consortium leader, indicated that “after this week’s updates on the pilot installations, the training of the team, and the recruitment of participants, we are very encouraged not only about the success of the technical aspects of the project, but about the interest that has been expressed for this type of service for the elderly. We believe that the potential for impact by this project is significant, but we have much more work ahead to measure and adapt the service to be certain it addresses the real needs of the elder population.”

The pilot itself will consist of three iterations of testing with different groups of older citizens as volunteer participants, with the final iteration completing in mid-2011. At the conclusion of the pilot series, a report on the results will be issued, including technical and scientific results. A preview of the scientific results is expected to be presented in early 2011 at a workshop to be organised in the UK by LLM partner GSI. GSI’s Managing Director, Kush Wadhwa, noted that “this is a massive undertaking, involving participants from many different cultural backgrounds, having different levels of health and wellness, and each with different goals for themselves. We expect that our preliminary results will provide some important and interesting insights as to how effective the LLM service is in improving cognitive health, but will also help us to understand how the service may be effectively taken to market. We are looking at not only scientific issues in this pilot, but also evaluating issues such as usability, user acceptance, and compliance with this type of structured programme.”

About Global Security Intelligence Limited
Global Security Intelligence (GSI) is a London-based research consultancy, which performs integrative research for secure and autonomous living, taking an holistic approach to understanding how current and emerging technologies impact individuals, organisations, and governments. GSI is focused upon addressing the effective uses of ubiquitous, ambient technologies which enable ageing, disabled, or chronically ill individuals to live independent and socially active lives, including work with assistive technologies, innovative sensors and surveillance systems, telemedicine solutions, and robotics. GSI’s work ranges from policy-level initiatives to practical deployment projects.

About LONG LASTING MEMORIES
LONG LASTING MEMORIES (LLM) is a 30-month project, selected for funding under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (ICT PSP/2008/1) which aims to integrate and deliver an effective programme for the enhancement of physical and cognitive health in the elderly, enabling them to live an independent, healthy lifestyle.

The LLM consortium includes the project coordinator, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki/Medical School (GR), and project partners, Athena Research and Innovation Center in Information Communication & Knowledge Technologies / Institute for Language and Speech Processing (GR), CEIT RALTEC gemeinnuetzige GmbH (AT), E-SENIORS: INITIATION DES SENIORS AUX NTIC ASSOCIATION (FR), Fundacion INTRAS (ES), Global Security Intelligence (UK), Investigacion y Desarrollo Informatico EIKON SL (ES), Municipality of Schwechat (AT), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (GR), Tero Ltd (GR), and Universitat Konstanz (DE), University of Cyprus (CY).

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