GUIDE - Gentle user interfaces for elderly people

The European project GUIDE ("Gentle user interfaces for elderly people") is creating a software framework and design tools which allows developers to efficiently integrate accessibility and personalisation features into their applications, minimizing intervention with existing development process and tools.

Project Scope

During the past years digital TV as a media consumption platform has more and more turned from a simple receiver and presenter of broadcast signals to an interactive and personalized media terminal, with access to traditional broadcast as well as internet-based services. Currently available TV panels offer integrated digital processing platforms, with access to standardized hybrid Web & TV (or Hybrid TV) portals (e.g. HbbTV). These portals do not only offer access to the internet and legacy web services (like web browser or proprietary portal views on YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, etc.), but also specify content services that are immediately coupled to broadcast content that is rendered on the terminal device. At the same time it is recognized that some user groups like disabled or elderly people still face problems when using the above mentioned services. Approximately half of the elderly people over 55 suffer from some kind of functional limitations or impairments (vision, hearing, motor and/or cognitive). For them interaction, especially with PCs or other consumer electronics devices is sometimes challenging.


GUIDE provides automatic integration and adaptation of various legacy and next-generation user interface technologies, such as gesture interaction, voice control, avatars, second screen multi-touch devices and gyroscopic remote controls.

GUIDE-enabled applications and services can automatically adapt their user interface to the specific impairments and preferences of elderly users.

GUIDE puts a dedicated focus on the emerging Web & TV platforms and services (Connected TVs, Set-Top Boxes, etc.). These platforms have the potential to become the main media terminals in the users’ homes, due to their convenience and wide acceptance.

GUIDE develops a set of references applications (home automation, video conferencing, tele-learning, media access) that can help elderly citizens to simplify their daily life, stay connected in their social network and enhance their understanding of the world.

Targetted Outcomes

GUIDE performs multi-modal adaptation of user interface technologies to the user. Multi-modal fusion of input allows to interpret and fuse user input from various channel. Multi-modal fission can select and properly parameterize output channels. Adaptation is based on a user model component, that controls mapping of user characteristics to user interface configurations.University of Cambridge is responsible for the Input Adaptation and User Model developments.
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Project Partners

The research project is partly funded by the European Commission under the Seventh (FP7 - 2007-2013) Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.  The project has seven partners from Germany, France, United Kingdom, Portugal and Spain.

University of Cambridge  


Cambridge Team

GUIDE Cambridge Team has currently 4 members :

Dr. Patrick Langdon

Dr. Pradipta Biswas

Mrs.Gökçen Aslan Aydemir

Prof.Simon Godsill

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