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Robots in assisted living environments: Unobtrusive, efficient, reliable and modular solutions for independent ageing

Objective

Demographic and epidemiologic transitions have brought a new health care paradigm with the presence of both, growing elderly population and chronic diseases. Life expectancy is increasing as well as the need for long-term care. Institutional care for the aged population faces economical struggles with low staffing ratios and consequent quality problems.
Although the aforementioned implications of ageing impose societal challenges, at the same time new opportunities arise for the European citizens, the healthcare systems as well as the industry and the European market.
Two of the most important aspects of assistive environments and independent living are user acceptance and unobtrusiveness. Mostly explored in a smart home setup and the unobtrusive installation of audio-visual monitoring equipment, the consensus is that users accept monitoring if they are not constantly aware of its presence. A more recent trend is home assistant robots. These two lines of development have for the most part ran without heavily interacting with each other and, even more so, without developing integrated solutions that combine smart home automation with robotics. In RADIO, we will develop an integrated smart home/assistant robot system, with the objective of pursuing a novel approach to acceptance and unobtrusiveness: a system where sensing equipment is not discrete but an obvious and accepted part of the user’s daily life.
By using the integrated smart home/assistant robot system as the sensing equipment for health monitoring, we mask the functionality of the sensors rather than the sensors themselves. In this manner, sensors do not need to be discrete and distant or masked and cumbersome to install; they do however need to be perceived as a natural component of the smart home/assistant robot functionalities.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/architecture engineering/home automation

Call for proposal

H2020-PHC-2014-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""
Address
End Of Patriarchou Grigoriou E And 27 Neapoleos Street
15341 Agia Paraskevi
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 770 000

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITY OF PELOPONNESE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 576 875
Address
Stavrou 28 Kai Karyotaki 28
221 00 Tripolis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 437 500
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ROBOTNIK AUTOMATION SLL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 313 125
Address
Carrer De Barcelona, 3-A. P.i. Fuente Del Jarro
46988 Paterna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SENSING & CONTROL SYSTEMS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 607 812,50
Address
Avda Barcelona 105 Edificio Ig-nova Despacho 8
08700 Igualada
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AVN INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS LIMITED
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 312 500
Address
133B Fraglin Rousvelt Ave
3011 Limassol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FONDAZIONE SANTA LUCIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 318 750
Address
Via Ardeatina 306
00179 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUNDACION PRIVADA HOSPITAL ASIL DEGRANOLLERS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 331 562,50
Address
Avenida Francesc Ribas S N
08402 Granollers
Activity type
Research Organisations
APHOI KOUMANAKOU & SIA EE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 137 500
Address
Patron Pyrgou 115
25002 Achaia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)