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Council of Coaches

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "COUCH" data sheet

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Organization address
postcode: 7522 NB

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 3˙704˙000 €
 EC max contribution 3˙704˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.1.4. (Active ageing and self-management of health)
 Code Call H2020-SC1-2017-CNECT-1
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2020-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE NL (ENSCHEDE) coordinator 777˙375.00
3    SORBONNE UNIVERSITE FR (PARIS) participant 657˙500.00
4    UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE UK (DUNDEE) participant 472˙500.00
5    FONDEN TEKNOLOGIRADET DK (HVIDOVRE) participant 471˙875.00
7    INNOVATION SPRINT BE (BRUXELLES) participant 256˙250.00


 Project objective

Despite the proliferation of ICT solutions for personalized healthcare, there is still no easy way to provide older adults with integrated coaching services. Council of Coaches (COUCH) introduces a radically new virtual coaching concept based on multiple autonomous, embodied virtual coaches, which form together a personal council that fulfills the needs of older adults in an integrated way. Each Coach has his own expertise, personality and style of coaching; they might not always agree with each other, but they all share a single goal: to support you across every aspect of well-being, including physical, social, cognitive and mental support. The Council members listen to you, inform you, help you to set personal goals and inspire you to take control of your health. Give the council your thoughts, or listen and observe how the individual Coaches exchange their views on numerous issues. Apply your new skills in daily life and if the need arises, contact any of the coaches anytime, anywhere. COUCH will be empowered by a novel Open Agent Platform, providing core functionalities for the development and deployment of Coaches, including technologies for non-obtrusive interactions between the user and the Coaches. To this end, leading edge spoken dialogue interaction technologies will be provided as embodied conversational agents that will join in conversations with the user. The platform will not be confined to a constrained number of Coaches – rather it will enable developers and innovators to introduce new Coaches that provide additional knowhow and services. Hence, COUCH will enable a new virtual coaching ecosystem, bringing together healthcare services providers with innovators to implement novel ideas. Plans for the sustainability and wider use of its paradigm will be based on the expansion and support of this ecosystem at EU scale, including linking with the partners’ business networks and the FIWARE & universAAL communities.


List of deliverables.
Initial coaching actions and content Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:12:23
Initial functional prototype Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-07-30 14:12:16
Second functional prototype Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-07-30 14:12:16
Definition of tailored coaching strategies Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:12:29
Report on Y1 dissemination activities and Phase2 planning Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:12:47
Initial knowledge base design and coaching strategies Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:11:59
Data Management Plan Open Research Data Pilot 2019-07-30 14:11:45
System architecture and design of APIs Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:12:18
The COUCH RRI Vision Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:13:10
Report on user and stakehlolder needs and expectations Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:12:55
First Periodic Report Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:12:51
Dissemination plans and material Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:12:46
Project website Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-07-30 14:12:23
State-of-the-art, requirement analysis and initial specification of the Holistic Behaviour Analysis Framework Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:12:18
Methods for inferring short-term behaviour from multimodal sensor data Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:12:13
Design of dialogue game Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:12:15
Innovation Management Guidelines Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:12:12
Methods for inferring long-term behaviours from short-term behaviour information Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:12:02
Requirements and Conepts for Interaction Mobile and Web Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:12:06
First Prototype description and evaluations of the virtual coaches platform (includes software documentation) Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:12:07
Short-term behaviour analysis prototype Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-07-30 14:12:16
Methods and tools for moving from dialogue game to updating individual and shared knowledge bases Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:12:10
Quality, Risk and IPR Management Procedures Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:12:15
Dialogue and Argumentation Framework Design Documents, reports 2019-07-30 14:12:10

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of COUCH deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Mark Snaith, Dominic de Franco, Tessa Beinema, Harm op den Akker, Alison Pease
A Dialogue Game for Multi-Party Goal-Setting in Health Coaching
published pages: 337-344, ISSN: 1946-2166, DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-906-5-337
Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, Volume 305: Computational Models of Argument 2019-06-03
2018 Gerwin Huizing, Randy Klaassen, Dirk Heylen
Designing and Developing Lifelike, Engaging Lifestyle Coaching Agents and Scenarios for Multiparty Coaching Interaction
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the Workshop on Intelligent Conversation Agents for Home and Geriatric Care Applications (ICA-HoGeCa2018) 2019-06-03
2018 Brian Ravenet, Catherine Pelachaud, Chloé Clavel, Stacy Marsella
Automating the Production of Communicative Gestures in Embodied Characters
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-1078, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01144
Frontiers in Psychology 9 2019-06-03
2018 Marijke Broekhuis
Context in designing and evaluating usability in eHealth technology for older adults
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the NordiCHI2018 Doctoral Consortium 2019-06-03
2018 Tessa Beinema, Harm op den Akker, Hermie Hermens
Creating an Artificial Coaching Engine for Multi-domain Conversational Coaches in eHealth Applications
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the Workshop on Intelligent Conversation Agents for Home and Geriatric Care Applications (ICA-HoGeCa2018) 2019-06-03
2018 Dominic De Franco, Alison Pease, Mark Snaith
Measuring Persuasiveness in Behaviour Change Support Systems
published pages: 41-47, ISSN: , DOI:
roceedings of the Sixth International Workshop on Behavior Change Support Systems (BCSS 2018) 2019-06-03
2018 Kostas Konsolakis, Hermie Hermens, Claudia Villalonga, Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten, Oresti Banos
Human Behaviour Analysis through Smartphones
published pages: 1243, ISSN: 2504-3900, DOI: 10.3390/proceedings2191243
Proceedings 2/19 2019-06-03
2018 Oresti Banos, Hermie Hermens, Christopher Nugent, Hector Pomares
Smart Sensing Technologies for Personalised e-Coaching
published pages: 1751, ISSN: 1424-8220, DOI: 10.3390/s18061751
Sensors 18/6 2019-06-03
2017 Reshmashree Bangalore Kantharaju, Catherine Pelachaud
Towards Developing a Model to Handle Multiparty Conversations for Healthcare Agents
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the Workshop on Intelligent Conversation Agents for Home and Geriatric Care Applications (ICA-HoGeCa2018) 2019-06-03
2018 Jan Wohlfahrt-Laymann, Hermie Hermens, Claudia Villalonga, Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten, Oresti Banos
published pages: , ISSN: 1868-5137, DOI: 10.1007/s12652-018-0827-y
Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing 2019-06-03

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