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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ambient Assisted Robotics in Europe

By 2050 37% of the EU population will be over 60 years of age and it is expected that there will be fewer than two persons of working age per older person of 65 or older. This will lead to both an increasing demand for care and a shortage of care givers. Older persons need support due to their declining capabilities but also to age related illnesses. 

Several studies and roadmaps predict that robotics will play an important role as assisting and rehabilitation technology, supporting professional and home care. Robotics can add value to health care and care of elderly i.e. by reduction in labour costs, increasing independence and social participation, increasing the quality of care and performing activities that can not be performed by humans. 

Some ongoing projects related to Ambient Assisted Living and Assistive Robotics are listed below. If you are missing any project, please contact Robotland

KSERA - Knowledgeable SErvice Robots for Aging
The KSERA project is aimed to develop a socially assistive robot that helps elderly people, especially those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), with their daily activities, care needs and self-management of their disease. KSERA is cooperating with two other projects: eHome and RoboEarth. 

AAL - eHome
The Austrian project AAL- eHOME focus on the development of an assistive home environment for elderly persons, covering fall recognition and prevention, activity monitoring and social integration of elderly persons and their carers. The KSERA intelligent home environment will include expertise from the eHOME project such as wearable and distributed approaches for fall prevention and recognition.
ROBOEARTH -  Robots sharing a knowledge base for world modelling and learning actions
The EU funded FP7 project RoboEarth will develop a World Wide Web for robots including nurse-bots and socially assistive robots (SAR). The robots use the World Wide Web to store and retrieve learned tasks and actions. This enables robots to learn form each other and apply it in their own setting. KSERA and RoboEarth partners share their knowledge and investigate how the KSERA project can contribute to the World Wide Web for robot assistants for the aging population.

FLORENCE -  Multi Purpose Mobile Robot for Ambient Assisted Living
Florence is a sister project in the EU's FP7 objective ICT-2009.7.1. ICT & Aging: service robotics for aging well. The project is based on a multipupurpose mobile robot platform and will pioneer the use of robots in delivering new kinds of AAL services to elderly persons and their caretakers. The main objective of Florence is to make this concept acceptable for the users and cost effective for the society and care givers.

ROBO M.D. - Home care robot for monitoring and detection of critical situations
In the INTERREG-IVC project ROBO M.D. develop a home care robot which monitors and detects critical situations which need prompt medical attention for older persons or people with cardiovascular diseases.

ALIAS - Adaptable Ambient LIving ASsistant
The objective of the ALIAS project is development of a mobile robot system that interacts with elderly users, monitors and provides cognitive assistance in daily life, and promotes social inclusion by creating connections to people and events in the wider world. The system is designed for people living alone at home or in care facilities such as nursing or elderly care homes.
ALIZ-E - Adaptive Strategies for Sustainable Long-Term Social Interaction
The goal of ALIZ-E is to develop methods for developing and testing interactive, mobile robots which will be able to interact with human users over extended periods of time, i.e. a possibly non-continuous succession of interactions which can refer back to, and build forth on, previous experiences.To achieve this aim, ALIZ-E will address three related issues in developing interactive robots capable of self-sustaining medium- to long-term autonomous operation in real-world indoor environments. 

COMPANIONABLE - Integrated Cognitive Assistive & Domotic Companion Robotic Systems for Ability & Security
CompanionAble will provide the synergy of Robotics and Ambient Intelligence technologies and their semantic integration to provide for a care-giver's assistive environment. This will support the cognitive stimulation and therapy management of the care-recipient. This is mediated by a robotic companion (mobile facilitation) working collaboratively with a smart home environment (stationary facilitation). 

EXCITE - Enabling SoCial Interaction Through Embodiment
The primary objective of the ExCITE project is to evaluate user requirements for social interaction via robotic telepresence, and develop insight around the usability and acceptance of this technology. The project is focused on user experience in native settings that accurately represent relevant factors, including user profile, user attitude, home environment, network and the robotic technology itself. A prototype system called the Giraff is used. The Giraff is a remotely controlled mobile, human-height physical avatar integrated with a videoconferencing system. 

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