Knowledgeable Service Robots for Aging (KSERA)

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 elderly person of 65 or older. This will lead to both an increasing demand for care and a shortage of care‐givers. Elderly people need support due to their declining capabilities but also to age‐related illnesses such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Decease (COPD). COPD typically manifests itself at a later age (from 40 years on). According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) COPD will be the third major cause of death in 2030. Intelligent home environments are one of the key facets to counterbalance the reduced number of caretakers and increase the QoL of elderly.

In the KSERA project the aim is to seamlessly integrate smart home technology with socially assistive robots. The main research question addressed in this project is how to obtain a successful, effective interaction between the human and the mobile robot (http://www.aldebaran-robotics.com) to guarantee acceptance and adoption of service robotics technology and offer added value of the ubiquitous monitoring services.

Funding: EU 7th FWP FP7-ICT-248085
Website: http://www.ksera-project.eu