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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.

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Organisation Name Address
CU Dr. Renxi Qiu
Prof. Rossi Setchi
Cardiff School of Engineering
Cardiff University
Queen's Buildings
The Parade, Newport Road
Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Wales, UK
ISER-BAS Prof. Nedko Shivarov Acad. G. Bonchev str., Bl.2
Sofia
1113
Bulgaria
FDCGO Dr. Renzo Andrich 66 via Capecelatro
Milano
20148
Italy
Fraunhofer IPA Dr. Birgit Graf 12 Nobelstraße
Stuttgart
70569
Germany
HdM Prof. Michael Burmester 10 Nobelstraße
Stuttgart
70569
Germany
HPIS Dr. Lorenzo Castelli 4 Via Grandi
Cernusco sul Naviglio
20063
Italy
INGEMA Ms. Igone Etxeberria 27-BAJO CAMINO DE LOS PINOS
DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIÁN
20018
Spain
PROFACTOR Dr. Rooker Martijn A2 IM STADTGUT
STEYR-GLEINK
4407
Austria
ROBOTNIK Mr. Rafael Lopez Tarazon 53 C/Berni i Catala
VALENCIA
46019
Spain
BED Dr. Dayou Li Department of Computing and Information Systems
University of Bedfordshire
Luton LU1 3JU
United Kingdom
IMA Dr. Gernot Kronreif Viktor Kaplan Straße 2/1
A-2700 Wiener Neustadt
Österreich
BUT Dr. Pavel Smrz Faculty of Information Technology
Brno University of Technology
Bozetechova 1/2
612 66 Brno
Czech Republic

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CU

CU - Cardiff University (United Kingdom)

Cardiff University was ranked 7th among the 110 British universities in a nation-wide analysis of research quality. The proposed research and coordination activities are carried out by the Cardiff School of Engineering. The School of Engineering is one of the leading engineering schools in the UK, and this has been borne out by independent assessments such as the UK Government.s Research Assessment Exercise and various newspaper and magazine league tables. We are ranked in the top ten Engineering Schools in the UK for research, and our academic staff are internationally renowned for the quality of their research.





ISER-BAS

ISER-BAS - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Institute of Systems Engineering and Robotics (Bulgaria)

The Central Laboratory of Mechatronics and Instrumentation (CLMI-BAS) was founded in 1994 after the reorganisation of the Institute of Mechatronics (founded in 1990). The Institute of Mechatronics was founded on the base of the Assembly Robotics department of the Institute of Technical Cybernetics and Robotics (ITCR) which was established in 1979. As a result of reorganisation of Bulgarian Academy of Science (BAS), .Central Laboratory of Mechatronics and Instrumentation - Bulgarian academy of sciences. (CLMI-BAS) merged with Institute of Control and Systems Research (ISER-BAS) into a new institute called ISER-BAS since 1st of July 2010. The new institute bares all activity originally under CLMI-BAS including EC FP7 SRS project.





FDCGO

FDCGO - Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus (Italy)

The Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi ONLUS is the largest private non-profit Organisation in the field of rehabilitation in Italy. Currently it runs 28 medical and social rehabilitation centres, providing medical, social and vocational rehabilitation to individuals of all ages with a variety of physical, sensory and mental disabilities. It employs over 4100 persons including medical, paramedical, technical and administrative personnel. Funding is based mainly on provision of medical and vocational rehabilitation services, according to the current National Health Service and Regional policies. Two Centres of the Foundation (“S.Maria Nascente” in Milano and “S.Maria degli Ulivi” in Firenze) are acknowledged as IRCCS (public clinical research institutes acting on behalf of the Ministry of Health). The Foundation is very active in Scientific Research, with 33 research projects currently in operation, over 150 articles published every year in scientific Journals (with 250+ impact factor points according to JRC), and 85 courses organized in the latest two years approved by the National Training-in-Medicine programme.





Fraunhofer IPA

Fraunhofer IPA - Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Germany)

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise and of wide benefit to society. Its services are solicited by customers and contractual partners in industry, the service sector and public administration. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft maintains roughly 80 research units, including 58 Fraunhofer Institutes, at over 40 different locations throughout Germany. A staff of some 12,500, predominantly qualified scientists and engineers, works with an annual research budget of over one billion euros. Of this sum, more than € 900 million is generated through contract research. Roughly two thirds of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s contract research revenue is derived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects. The remaining one third is contributed by the German federal and Länder governments, partly as a means of enabling the institutes to pursue more fundamental research in areas that are likely to become relevant to industry and society in five or ten years’ time. The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA develops solutions for organizational and technological functions in the production sector of industrial companies form the main areas of research and development work. The institute also addresses issues resulting from developments and changes in the service sector.





HdM

HdM - Stuttgart Media University, Usability Research Lab (Germany)

Stuttgart Media University educates media specialists. With effect from 1 September 2001, it combined the know-how of the former Hochschule fuer Druck und Medien – a traditional education centre for print and media technology – and the Hochschule fuer Bibliotheks- und Informationswesen. Stuttgart Media University is the only educational institute in Europe to cover every media field and regards itself as a full-service university for the media industry. Its range of courses extends from printing through to the Internet, from design through to business administration, from library science through to advertisement, from media contents through to packaging technology, and from computer science and publishing through to electronic media. These contents are reflected in 17 courses of studies organised in three faculties: Print Media, Electronic Media as well as Information and Communication.





HPIS

HPIS - HEWLETT-PACKARD ITALIANA SRL (Italy)

HP is the largest consumer IT company, the world’s largest SMB IT company and a leading enterprise IT company. In response to customer needs and the changing market conditions, HP technology now ranges from consumer handheld devices all the way to some of the world’s largest and most powerful supercomputer installations. We have dynamic Revenues reached $79.9 billion for the fiscal year 2004. President and CEO Mark Hurd leads HP, which has corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, California. Our annual R&D investment of nearly $4 billion fuels the invention of products, solutions and new technologies, so that we can better serve customers and enter new markets. We produce an average of 11 patents a day worldwide.





INGEMA

INGEMA - Fundación Instituto Gerontológico Matia (Spain)

INGEMA FOUNDATION (MATIA GERONTOLOGICAL INSTITUTE FOUNDATION), is a research institute with a wide expertise in research on aging and disability and with close contact with this population. Within its objective of offering the best quality in attention and services for the users and their relatives, Ingema Foundation develops multiple research and activities with the state-of-the-art in socio-sanitary and psycho-social models of attention. A highly qualified professional team with wide expertise in social sciences and clinical psychology with elderly and disable people carry out research projects, in order to offer the best attention, most specialized and most close to the user and its relatives at the same time. INGEMA FOUNDATION research lines are focused on the promotion of active ageing, the prevention of dependence, rehabilitation and compensating for fragility and dependence, e-health and physical activity, gerotechnology and, finally, quality of life and quality of attention.





PROFACTOR

PROFACTOR - PROFACTOR GmbH (Austria)

PROFACTOR GmbH has been founded in 1994 by the Association for the Modernisation of Manufacturing Technologies in Austria (VPTÖ). The mission is to stimulate advanced research in manufacturing sciences, as well as to enable the development and application of new manufacturing concepts, techniques and technologies. Currently 100 academic scientists from all technical fields are employed and work in close collaboration with industry. In addition to the competence in manufacturing technology PROFACTOR has rich experience in the research area of Service Robotics. PROFACTOR is strongly connected to national and international research initiatives and also has rich experience in international research.





ROBOTNIK

ROBOTNIK - Robotnik Automation S.L.L. (Spain)

Robotnik is a company dedicated to automation and robotic engineering services, so as industrial machinery production and R&D projects development. They offer high quality engineering services for regional and national reach. Robotnik engineer team is qualified in several sector branches (robotics, informatics, industrial, telecommunications...).









BED

BED - University of Bedfordshire (United Kingdom)

The University of Bedfordshire (BED) is one of the new universities in the UK. Research proposed in this project will mainly carried out in the Institute for Research in Applicable Computing (IRAC) backed by the Psychology Department. The IRIC has a strong record in collaborative research. The Institute is active in the area of applying computer and AI techniques to various applications including machine learning and cognitive robotics. The recent research in cognitive robotics focuses on active learning which will enable a robot to build up high-order beliefs on its human counterpart’s intention through performing experiments by itself. Research in robotics also includes GA-based robot navigation and a hybrid method of constructing roadmaps for robot motion planning. Research on drowsy driving conditions detection where fuzzy logic and HMM are used is also related to this project. Machine learning research concentrates on fuzzy rule induction and modelling using BDTs and neural networks, as well as their applications in drug detection and medicine.





IMA

IMA - Integrated Microsystems Austria Gmbh(Austria)

Integrated Microsystems Austria GmbH (IMA) has been founded in 2006 as an industrial competence center for microsystem development. Since 2010 the former group “Advanced Service Robotics” from PROFACTOR GmbH is being part of IMA in order to start a new competence center for medical technology development – ACMIT (Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology). The involved team at IMA has rich experience in the research area of Service Robotics, based on their previous experience gained during development of robotic solutions especially for service, rehabilitation and medicine - in particular addressing the translation of scientific results into stable, robust as well as practicable solutions. Previous (and partly ongoing) projects in this area are dealing with the development of a playing assistant for severe physically handicapped children or of a 9DOF exoskeleton for physical therapy for post-stroke rehabilitation. The IMA team also has participated in the EC-FP6 research project “MOVEMENT” which targets at the development of a modular versatile mobility enhancement system. The core of this setup is formed by an intelligent mobile (robotic) platform which can attach to a user definable selection of application modules (e.g. chair, manipulator, ICT Terminal) on demand. Responsibility of the group has included development of robot navigation, sensor development as well as development of application modules. IMA is strongly connected to national and international research initiatives (IFAC, EURON research network, RESNA, AAATE, etc.) and also has rich experience in international research.





BUT

BUT - Brno University of Technology (Czech Republic)

The Faculty of Information Technology (FIT) at Brno University of Technology was established on 1st January 2002. It was developed from the former Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Brno University of Technology. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering was established in 1964 and has had a long tradition in teaching computer science and informatics in the framework of the former Faculty of Electrical Engineering, later called Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (FEECS). At present, the Faculty of Information Technology offers a three-year Bachelor study programme Information Technology (Bc.), a two-year follow-up Master study programme Information Technology (Ing.), and Ph.D. study programme in the scientific branch Information Technology. The structures of both study programmes are fully compatible with the European space for higher education. The second-level students and postgraduate doctoral students are involved in research projects, which form an important part of the Faculty activities. A considerable part of teaching and research activities is centralized in the Computer Centre. Apart from the scheduled laboratory work, students work individually on their own semester, year or diploma projects. The Faculty of Information Technology has been very successful in obtaining and solving research projects, both national (Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Interior, Czech Science Foundation, etc.) and international (FP7 EU and FP7-ARTEMIS EU). We are interested in having research partners from among industrial enterprises who are interested in the project results and are willing to participate in the research.

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