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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

€ 3,87 million for Social Robot Assistant

Europe is investing more research money in "social robotics" convinced that robots can help to face the strong demographic changes in Europe, where more and more elderly people live alone in their homes or in nursing or elderly care homes, with different levels of autonomy.

The latest initiative is a partnership among 20 European states, the European Union and a number of private enterprises that has launched a three-year, Euro 3, 87 million project to make robots capable of serving as adaptable, interactive, and above all safe assistants for elderly people. The research project, known as ALIAS, places special emphasis on maintaining social networks, warding off feelings of loneliness and isolation, and increasing activities that may protect and enhance cognitive capabilities. ALIAS is a project associated with the Cluster of Excellence CoTeSys (Cognition for Technical Systems) and will widen the competencies of the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) in the area of social robotics.
Image/Source: TU Munich

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