Basel Kikhia is the team leader of the research group that competes in the Venture Cup regional final. Photo: Private View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Researchers compete in Venture Cup regional final

Published: 8 December 2015

On the 10th of December Swedens nominees compete in Venture Cup's regional finals. Researchers from Luleå University of Technology participate with their product Sensorizon, an ambient intelligence system that measures patterns of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, in nursing homes.

– The information from Sensorizon helps staff members to maintain a comprehensive view of changes in sleep and mood of the person with dementia. Sensorizon will significantly improve care planning and the quality of care in nursing homes, says Basel Kikhia, one of the team member.

Focus on nursing homes

Sensorizon was an outcome of an EU project called Dem@Care, and it was developed during 4 years of research. The clinical user application of Sensorizon is novel and unique in giving clinical information to the staff members in nursing homes. The application marks all problems that the person with dementia have regarding sleeping and stress, and it also detect if there is any behavioral change of the person. This will help the staff members in understanding the behavior of the person with dementia and to plan better clinical interventions, which will improve the quality of care in nursing homes.

–  We focus initially on nursing homes where there is a strong need of automatic monitoring. Sensorizon helps direct the care interventions to the persons and times where they make a difference on the behavior and psychological symptoms of dementia, Basel Kikhia says.

Team with broad expertise

The product is a collaboration between researchers in Nursing and Computer Science. The team is closely connected to health care professionals that can ensure the effectiveness and usefulness of the suggested solution, and has good links to regional healthcare stakeholders and across Europe. One of the Sensorizon team is a health care professional with a long experience of managing ethical and governmental issues when applying technical solutions to help people with dementia. The other team members have participated in many E-health projects and they can ensure sufficient security and privacy mechanisms in the market-ready product.

– To win Venture Cup would drive our business forward and help us establish a first step into the market, continues Basel Kikhia.

Sensorizon compete in the category of Life Science & Technology. In each category is a winner awarded with 20 000 SEK. Of the region's four category winners are then one overall winner elected, who wins a total of 100 000 SEK. These region winners have then the chance to make it to the Sweden final, which takes place in Gothenburg, June 9, 2016.


Stefan Sävenstedt

Stefan Sävenstedt, Professor emeritus

Organisation: Division of Nursing and Medical Technology, Department of Health Sciences
Josef Hallberg

Josef Hallberg, Associate Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 493177
Organisation: Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering