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Friday, September 30, 2011

Mobile Telerobot wins European AAL Forum Award 2011

The ExCite Project (Enabling SoCial Interaction Through Embodiment) coordinated by prof. Silvia Coradeschi at Swedish Orebro university has won the first European AAL Forum Award 2011. The project has been selected as the most promising among 80 EUropean projects. A mobile telepresence robot is used to decrease social isolation of elderly people and to increase safety at home.

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.

The European AAL JP Program
The first edition of the AAL Forum's award recognizes the the project from Calls 1 and 2 that demonstrates great promise in terms of innovation, human-centric approaches to development and market potential. The AAL JP programme has invested significantly in almost 60 projects of which several from the 1stand 2ndCalls for Research are now beginning to show results.

The AAL Joint Programme is initially set up for a duration from 2008 to 2013. The programme’s planned total budget is 700 M€, of which approx. 50% is public funding - from the AAL Partner States and the European Commission - and approx. 50% is private funding from participating private organisations (e.g. enterprises).
The objective of the AAL Joint Programme is to enhance the quality of life of older people and strengthen the industrial base in Europe through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
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