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Sixth EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6)

The aim of SENSATION is the unobtrusive, cost-effective, real-time monitoring, detection and prediction of human physiological state in relation to alertness, fatigue and stress anytime, everywhere and for everybody.
One important objective of the project will be the development of a multipurpose sensing platform to assess physiological state of the user. Main properties but also specificity of such platform will be:

  1. To be autonomous: that means to be able to provide automatically a diagnosis about the user's state.
  2. To be non-supervised: that means that interpretation of the diagnosis must be performed by an intelligent decision making module and this information should be displayed to the user without any on-line intervention of an expert.
  3. To be non-intrusive: this excludes all wired sensors.
  4. To be able to operate in non-constrained environment: as a consequence, such sensors will have to cope with environmental non-controlled conditions.

Specifically, the above objective will be realised by:
  1. Defining the human physiological states (sleep/wakefulness, inattention, stress and emotions) and their transitions; and developing the necessary reference databases (of hundreds of people worldwide) for correlating those states with various physiological (EEG, EMG, ECG, EOG, skin conductivity, brain activity, breath activity, motility, etc.) parameters. Such correlations will be used for the design and development of relevant human state monitoring, detection and prediction systems, as well as for objective assessment of their reliability.
    This work is conducted within SENSATION Subproject 1 (SP1): "Stages definition, classification, criteria and tools".
  2. Developing a wide array of novel micro and nano sensors for unobtrusive monitoring of human physiological state and activity; their interconnection through an embedded connectivity at the body, local and wider area and their integration in multi-sensorial systems through innovative signal processing and computational intelligence algorithms for data fusion, data management and power consumption minimisation.
    This work constitutes the Centre of Gravity of this IP, and is conducted within SENSATION Subproject 2 (SP2): "Micro and nano sensors development".
  3. Developing new medical diagnosis and treatment applications, using the new sensors, databases and knowledge for a wide range of sleep disorders, as well as to enhance the sleep quality of all people.
    This work is conducted within SENSATION Subproject 3 (SP3): "Medical and Neurological Applications".
  4. Developing innovative algorithms for hypovigilance detection and prediction in a variety of industrial application fields and environments, based on multi-sensorial systems, to enhance safety and comfort at work, as well as the quality of life of people.
    This work is conducted within SENSATION Subproject 4 (SP4): "Industrial Applications".
  5. Integrating effectively all four above areas of research, through a range of common cross-project activities, including management, training, dissemination, exploitation, user awareness and acceptance, ethical and legal issues, system architecture, evaluation framework and standardisation.
    This work is conducted within SENSATION Subproject 5 (SP5): "Cross-Project Activities".
The final project applications will cover many areas:
Medical, Supervision of critical industrial operations, Insurance, Transport, Tourism, Sleep Environments (mattresses, sheets), Clothing industry, Infants industry, Geriatrics, Entertainment, Learning, Sports and the Pharmaceutical industry.

Schematic of the Sensation projekt with its subprojects
Schematic of the SENSATION project
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