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Vuk - Visionless sUpporting frameworK

ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)
Project classification

Scientific area

3.3 Health sciences


Health care sciences and services (including hospital administration, health care financing)

Project description

Project title

Vuk - Visionless sUpporting frameworK

Scientific Coordinator's name:

José Miguel Sales Dias (local coord.)

Scientific Coordinator's e-mail:

Principal R&D Unit:

Centro de Investigação em Ciências da Informação, Tecnologias e Arquitetura do Instituto Universitário de Lisboa ( ISTAR-IUL)

Other R&D Units involved in the project:

Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research (coord.) INOVA+ - Serviços de Consultadoria em Inovação Tecnológica Knowledge Society Association, Comfort Keepers - Comfort at Home, Liquid Media AB

Project keyword(s)

blind and visually impaired people, mobility

Short abstract and comments

The goal of the project is to support the daily living of blind and visually impaired people in challenging tasks like participating in urban mobility, providing a simple, effective and affordable door to door navigation and mobility assistance solution. Contrary to the usual tools providing only outdoor navigation, we also target situations when the blind person plans a journey which includes traveling through unfamiliar indoor environments (subway systems, train/bus stations) or when the journey targets visiting complex buildings (shopping mall, business centre, public office). In our view, besides the help provided in the daily living for the blind and visually impaired citizens, the envisioned service would be also interesting for companies, offices or infrastructure operators (e.g. local government) where blind people can work or just turn-out, by helping them to integrate and manage themselves in an open community. In order to provide a truly door to door navigation service, which is currently missing from the market, we design and develop a service framework in which existing outdoor navigation services can be easily “plugged in”. Thus, the already familiar applications can be used in concordance with the proposed indoor mobility service, leading to cheaper and more effective door to door mobility assistance solutions.

Potential uses/indications

Potential uses/indications



Partner Status: Seeking Partners?


Grant number (QREN, FP7, Eureka, etc)

Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme

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2017-02-01 10:20:11

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