research project


Improving Children’s Auditory Rehabilitation (iCARE) is a European training network to train a new generation of researchers in the field of spoken communication in children with hearing impairment. iCARE consists of a solid international and interdisciplinary consortium from academia, industry and socio-economic agencies to develop novel methods, training skills and procedures for improving auditory rehabilitation and use the generated knowledge, products and skills to empower children and adolescents with hearing disabilities as well as their parents, caregivers, educators, speech therapists, medical professionals and other involved persons.

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The role of Noldus

Noldus Information Technology BV is responsible for developing a new system to determine the quality of the communication in the interaction of a child with hearing impairment and the parent, caregiver or professional. The early stage researcher, who is co-supervised by Astrid van Wieringen and Guido Lichtert (KU Leuven and KOCA), is investigating parameters of supportive interaction between the child and the caregiver, capture the required features from each individual in the scene unobtrusively and develop a non-intrusive technological system to quantify this supportive communication. Noldus’ expertise and products in measuring human behavior used in this project are:

  • Facial expression analysis (with FaceReader)
  • Computer vision and machine learning for capturing interaction features, especially mutual gaze
  • Behavioral coding and validation (with The Observer XT)

More information

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  • KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • Cochlear Ltd (Belgium)
  • RWTH (Germany)
  • University of Macedonia (Greece)
  • Linköping University (Sweden)
  • University of Gävle (Sweden)
  • Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
  • University College London (United Kingdom)
  • and 7 associate partners.   


This project is funded by the FP7 Marie-Curie ITN program of the European Union, project number 607139.

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