Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Artificial intelligence for healthy ageing

First meeting in Trento of the members of Coadapt, an international research project on cognitive and adaptive robots

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"Coadapt" has received almost four million funding to achieve a very ambitious goal: to design hi-tech devices that will help people age in a healthy way.

The international project is funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 programme and includes the University of Trento among its members with a leading role.

Part of the funding, about 700,000 euro, will be awarded to the research team of the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science – DISI to develop personal healthcare agents.

These are small wearable devices, like bracelets, watches or wristbands, that will help senior citizens, sick people and individuals with reduced mobility in their daily lives.

But they will also be useful to people who are still at work in office positions who, through artificial intelligence, will be able to rely on technology to solve professional issues (concerning, for example, rapid technological advancements or work-related stress).

The University of Trento was chosen as the location for the international project’s kick off meeting.

The representatives of the project’s partners met today at Le Albere to define the timeline of the work that will keep them busy in the next five years.

This Italian-Belgian-Finnish network includes the Universities of Helsinki (project coordinator) and Aalto, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) and Etsimo Healthcare Ltd representing Finland; Innovation Sprint Sprl from Belgium; and the Universities of Trento and Padova, Idego S.r.l, BNP S.r.l. and Electrolux Italia spa from Italy. 

Their goal is to design, train and assess artificial intelligence systems for medical practitioners, patients and caregivers to help them manage wellbeing and health in the transition to a healthy ageing.

The press release includes statements from professor Giuseppe Riccardi, project coordinator of the DISI research team.