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Project Overview

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The project focuses on the development and prototyping of remotely-controlled, semi-autonomous robotic solutions in domestic environments to support elderly people. In particular, the SRS project will demonstrate an innovative, practical and efficient system called “SRS robot” for personalised home care. Most elderly people want to live in the familiar environment of their own residence for as long as possible. However, not many can live with their adult children and therefore, at some stage, often late in life, have to live alone. Studies show that some forms of home care are usually required as they advance in years.

SRS at Future Healthcare event - 29th November

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Future Healthcare: Technology supported assistive living in the home
House of Lords, London, 29th November

This event is designed to bring together key stakeholders (including policy makers, care providers, health agencies, representative bodies/charities, industry and researchers) to ensure effective development of technology to assist in independent living at home. Key statistics and trends will be presented and an introduction to some of the existing research projects being undertaken. In particular there will be detail of the European Union FP7 funded SRS project in which 12 partners from industry and academia have developed a new system. The event will present considerations for the implementation of such systems and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to express their views and requirements.

SRS at Aging Societies in Europe and Japan

The SRS project participated at the Aging Societies in Europe and Japan conference in Tokyo on 9-10th October. Organised by the European Commission, the Delegation of the European Union to Japan, and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, it looked at ways to help and provide for the ageing societies in Europe and Japan.

This event brought together experts and policy makers from the EU and Japan to share ideas and develop new strategies on how to improve care for the world’s increasing number of elderly people. The first day centred on the numerous social and economic challenges; the second day considered different responses provided by research and innovation, with leading EU and Japanese engineers and scientists presenting the latest in state-of-the-art senior citizen care solutions.


Picture from left to right: Ms. Anna Konova, Prof. Carsten Maple, Prof. Rossi Setchi and Dr. Renxi Qiu

SRS in Japan

SRS IROS Session, Algarve, 8 October 2012

SRS press conference The SRS project had an Invited Session at the 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in Portugal http://www.iros2012.org.

The following papers were presented as part of the session:
- Evaluation of 3D Feature Descriptors for Classification of Surface Geometries in Point Clouds
- Towards a Robust Personal Assistant Robot: Experiences Gained in SRS Project
- Fuzzy Optimisation Based Symbolic Grounding for Service Robots
- Fast and Accurate Plane Segmentation in Depth Maps for Indoor Scenes

SRS press conference, Milan, 4 May 2012

In the first week of May, several representatives of the SRS ”Multi–role Shadow Robotic System for Independent Living” Consortium met in Milano to implement and test a first prototype of the SRS robot within the Smart Home laboratory of the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation. As part of this event, a Press Conference was held which gave an insight into the main results achieved by the project so far and of the expected developments. Attendees included newspapers such as La Repubblica (Milano), TV stations including TG1 and TG3, magazines such as Panorama and Italian radio stations that included Radio Rai 1. SRS press conference

More SRS Home Tests

milan testing The SRS project has carried out its second set of user tests within the Smart Home laboratory of the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation which accurately represents the real-world home environment. This gave the project the opportunity to test the system with elderly people who are more frail and hence in need of the SRS system. Thereby enabling the project to examine the performance of the system with a wide spectrum of elderly users.

As well as allowing the project to get important feedback from potential elderly SRS end-users the test was also another opportunity to identify any technical problems that happen when the Care-o-Bot robot operates within a real home environment.

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