Applied Informatics Group

TEBRA (TEeth BRushing Assistance)

Persons with cognitive disabilities like dementia, Alzheimer's disease or autism are often not capable of fulfilling activities of daily living (ADLs) which leads to a limitation or even a loss of independence. The primary goal of this project is to support those persons in their ADLs by applying intelligent room environment which helps to increase their independence in daily life.

In particular, the long-term goal is the development of a task assistance system that offers support for persons with cognitive disabilities in a real world task in the bathroom or kitchen area.

We established a close cooperation with v. Bodelschwinghsche Stiftungen Bethel as a large care facility in Bielefeld. In particular, we cooperate with Haus Bersaba which is a residential home for 35 persons with different cognitive disabilities, amongst others epilepsy, dementia and autism. In collaboration with the caregivers of Haus Bersaba, we develop an assistance system that guides the inhabitants through the task of brushing their teeth. The chosen task combines relevance in everyday life on the one hand and offers exciting and challenging research questions in the area of cognitive interaction technology on the other hand.

Recent Best Paper/Poster Awards

Goal Babbling of Acoustic-Articulatory Models with Adaptive Exploration Noise
Philippsen A, Reinhart F, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob) 


Are you talking to me? Improving the robustness of dialogue systems in a multi party HRI scenario by incorporating gaze direction and lip movement of attendees
Richter V, Carlmeyer B, Lier F, Meyer zu Borgsen S, Kummert F, Wachsmuth S, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Human-agent Interaction (HAI) 


"Look at Me!": Self-Interruptions as Attention Booster?
Carlmeyer B, Schlangen D, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Human Agent Interaction (HAI)


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