Robot-Era Robot-Era Duration: 01.01.2012 > 31.12.2015
The Robot-Era Project has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement num. 288899
FP7 - ICT - Challenge 5: ICT for Health, Ageing Well, Inclusion and Governance

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Project summary

Problem to solve and market to address

New European population projections have recently underlined that the number of elderly persons living in Europe will quickly increase in the coming years. This demographic trend will lead:

  • to a growing number of older people living alone and in need of (intensive) care
  • to an ageing workforce
  • to more financially well-appointed andwealthy senior citizens ready to enjoy their third age.

Intel Projections

Projections of the population 65+ and 80+ (left), and percentage of male and female living alone (right) (Intel, 2010).

Robotics technologies have nowadays reached a mature level of development allowing the implementation of service robotics systems able to perform different service tasks not only for industry, but also for “ageing well” applications, which are conceived to improve the independent living and quality of life of elderly people and to provide efficient cares.

European priority

The Robot-Era Project aims to provide elderly people with services conceived to extend their autonomy and independence, improve their quality of life, and preserve their health. The design, development, and implementation of robotic services in the Robot-Era project will be oriented to a specific target of end-users, elderly people:

  • male and female over 65 years old
  • with moderate health problems and motor and cognitive deficits
  • living alone or with thier relatives but without a dovoted caregivers.

This project will also offer the opportunity to increase the competitiveness of EU industry, producing innovative systems for an emerging market with an enourmous potential and strenghtening the European leadership in the field of ICT and “Ageing Well”.

Current solutions

In the last years, several projects in the field of Robotic Service have been funded in the FP6, FP7 and AAL programs.
Most of these projects address services and applications in the field of Service and Social Robotics for Ageing and Wellbeing and are oriented to the development of assistive and robotic technologies for assistance, support and improvement of the quality of life of elderly and also disabled people.
The lesson learned from all of these projects is that robotic technologies have reached a good level of maturity and are ready to be integrated in real life.
The robotic services developed in the previous projects, always employ just one robotic platform, are integrated in a single environment and, except for the DustBot project, are not tested in realistic settings.

Why Robot-Era now

The Robot-Era Project is conceived with the ambition to significantly enhance the quality and the acceptability of current robotic services to a new level of service and performance. This ambitious scope will be pursued by exploiting a unique set of previous knowledge available to the consortium on robotics and ambient intelligence technologies, cognitive-inspired robot learning architectures, elderly user-needs, methodology of design for acceptability, and legal/insurance regulations and standards fundamental for the real deployment. All these skills will be applied to deal with these important aspects of the robotic services for “ageing well” and to find the most appropriate and successful solutions to overcome actual barriers to the exploitation of robotic services.

Why Robot-Era with this Consortium

The ambition of the Robot-Era Project is to design, implement and validate a set of robotic services for “ageing well”, facing fundamental scientific and technological challenges. For this reason Robot-Era is conceived as an IP project with a strong Consortium that can cover all the expertise needed:

  • strong scientific and technical experience and knowledge in the field of robotics
  • strong scientific and technical experience and knowledge in the field of smart environments
  • strong experience in working with end-users for recruitment, assessment and evaluation
  • high capability in technical design of technologies for acceptability and usability
  • solid support and availability of infrastructures and places for real experimentation
  • high vision of the business, marketing and social aspects for designing and deploying robotic services.


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Implementation and integration of advanced Robotic systems and intelligent Environments in real scenarios for the ageing population