Understand the misunderstood

Erwin Meiders


The HUME is an emotion artificial intelligence platform to understand stress and emotions of vulnerable people such as people with dementia or an intellectual disability. The HUME makes use of smart wearables to collects stress-related physiological measures and pattern recognition algorithms. Early warning of stress leads to a reduced number of incidents and escalations and therefore to a better quality of life and care for the client.


People with limited verbal communication capabilities, like people with a severe mental disability or dementia, are often not capable of expressing their emotions. This leaves these vulnerable people in many cases misunderstood and not always adequately helped. One of the biggest challenge caregivers experience is the inability to identify and regulate stress in clients at an early stage. Stress can lead to incidents and escalations, and possibly to physical violence as well. This negatively impacts the quality of life and happiness of the client and leads to drop-out of the caregivers. When the occurrence of stress can be better predicted, interventions can be more effectively used to prevent undesired incidents and escalations. This will lead to better care for less costs. It ultimately will lead to increased quality of life and happiness.

Mentech Innovation develops the HUME for early stress detection. The HUME is an emotion artificial intelligence platform based on multiple sensor inputs (such as physiology data, face and speech recognition, body parameters and characteristics), behaviour models and machine learning.

The feasibility of early stress detection is currently being explored in a large pilot study with the participation of care organizations and healthcare professionals. In addition, Mentech Innovation created a large network in which several care organizations, knowledge organizations and client organizations participates for development, validation and implementation of the HUME.

The HUME fulfils an unmet need in early stress detection for vulnerable people that cannot verbally express their emotions (like care for people with dementia or a mental disability, babies) or for Quantified Self applications (stress regulation, trauma care, psychiatric care, forensic care). The HUME has also value for markets outside care. With technology we can give people with misunderstood behaviour a voice again. We realize this with multi-disciplinary teams, consisting of professionals with a passion for the well-being of the vulnerable in our society, with fundamental knowledge of behavioural models, sensor technology and physiology, and with deep knowledge of ICT, deep learning and artificial intelligence. These multi-disciplinary teams work closely together with teams from care and nursery homes. With the support of technology, misunderstood behaviour is visible, so that the healthcare professional is better able to offer meaningful care