ACANTO: A cyberphysical social networks using robots friends

The project “ACANTO: A cyberphysical social networks using robots friends” is at the service of the older adults. ACANTOconcerns a robotic integrated system whose main objective is to stimulate the elderly to perform physical activity in order toprevent many of the their typical pathologies by improving their quality of life. The wearable robotic devices will monitor thephysical and mental well-being of users involving them in a Social Network able to suggest the activities that can be done by creating a network among the community of older adults, relatives and all health care workers.

The draft is approximately 4 million and 300 thousand euro funded under the Call of Health HORIZON 2020, which concerns”Health, demographic change and well-being Personalizing and health care: Advancing active and healthy aging H2020-19-2014-PHC Research and Innovation Action”. The project is coordinated by Prof. Luigi Palopoli, University of Trento, andinvolves the University of Siena, the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, INRIA Renne, FORTH Heraklion, the public buildings Spanish Servicio de Salud Madrileno, and companies such as Siemens Aktiengesellschaft Oesterreich, Atos Spainand Telecom Italy SpA. 

The research group of the Department of Information Engineering and Mathematics, University of Siena is led by Prof.Domenico Prattichizzo. The group will be principally involved in the development of wearable robotic devices, in the construction of environmental maps and the development of the CyberPhysical Social Network.

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Videoconference of Prof. Roudolf Kalman-June 9-11, 2014 @UNIBO

The School of Engineering and Architecture, in collaboration with the research group “Studies on epistemology and philosophy of science” at the Department of Philosophy and Communication, presented the conference:

“The lesson of the last 100 years.
Accomplishments of control theory and related fields since the beginning of World War One”
9th June 2014, Bologna, Italy – UniBo

“The recent history of System theory and new research directions in the 21st century”
Prof. Rudolf Kalman
11th June 2014, Bologna, Italy – UniBo

The revolution of Tactile Angels: vibrating bracelets for the remote guidance of blind people.

The Professor Domenico Prattichizzo and the President of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Siena, Massimo Vita, explaining the new horizons of the research in the field of the European Project Wearable Haptics for Humans and Robots-WEARHAP.

The article written by the journalist Nicola di Turi is available on the website of the national newspaper “Il Corriere della Sera” (italian version).

Click the picture below to read the article.

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