The Florence robots is actively looking for collaboration with other projects. The Florence project currently collaborates with the KSERA project.

Projects related to robotics for elderly

  • KSERA : The KSERA project aims to develop a Socially Assistive Robot (SAR) that helps older persons, especially those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), with their daily activities and care needs and to provide the means for effective self-management of their disease.
  • CompanionAble CompanionAble aims to 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).
  • GiraffPlus is a complex system, which can monitor activities in the home using a network of sensors, both in and around the home as well as on the body. The sensors can measure e.g. blood pressure or detect e.g. whether somebody has a fall. Different services, depending on the individual’s needs, can be pre-selected and tailored to the requirements of both the older adults and health care professionals. At the heart of the system is a unique telepresence robot, Giraff, which lends its name to the project. The robot uses a Skype-like interface to allow e.g. relatives or caregivers to virtually visit an elderly person in the home.
    Special emphasis in the project is given to evaluations and input from the users so that the system can have an empathetic user interaction and address the actual needs and capabilities of the users. The GiraffPlus system will be installed and evaluated in at least 15 homes of elderly people distributed in Sweden, Italy and Spain. These evaluations will drive the development of the system.

AAL projects

  • UniversAAL : The UniversAAL project aims to produce an open platform that provides a standardized approach making it technically feasible and economically viable to develop AAL solutions.