Robots are increasingly being used in the healthcare sector as a potential solution to the current and future challenges faced by the healthcare sector. The LIFEBOTS Exchange project aims to create a new reality of care with the inclusion of social robots, through interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral and international cooperation and the exchange of people and knowledge.

A knowledge hub for social robotics will be created with a threefold aim:

  • To enhance the competencies of involved staff members, refining and focusing their skills;
  • To build a tri-sectoral network involving academia, industry and users of technology,
  • To create an enduring network that will outlive the grant funding.

The core of the project includes some of the strongest actors in international research, SMEs and user organisations, focusing on three activity lines: technological, sociological, care-and-welfare.

The project is coordinated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the remaining partners are Cáritas Coimbra, Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN), Institute of Systems and Robotics (ISR), IDMIND – Engenharia De Sistemas Lda, and 8 other partners representing research institutions, companies and NGOs from across Europe and South Korea.


Cáritas Diocesana de Coimbra’s role is to cooperate with research related to sociotechnical relations of robots in care and social robots aiding Care and Welfare. For this, CDC will participate in 6 secondments and receive 8 secondments. A secondment is the period in which an organization welcomes an outside worker to exchange experiences and knowledge.


Project Name: LIFEBOTS Exchange

Project Acronym: Lifebots

Start date: 01/04/2019

End Date: 31/03/2023

Total Budget: 740 600.00€

Project Coordinator: Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet – NTNU


  • Instituto De Sistemas E Robótica – Associação
  • Instituto Pedro Nunes Associação Para A Inovação E Desenvolvimento Em Ciência E Tecnologia
  • Compexin Sa
  • Idmind – Engenharia De Sistemas Lda
  • Technicka Univerzita V Kosiciach
  • Universite De Geneve
  • Co-Robotics Srl
  • Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis
  • Universitetssykehuset Nord-Norge Hf
  • European Health Telematics Association





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Funding for this research is provided by EU Horizon 2020 LIFEBOTS Exchange Project ‘LIFEBOTS Exchange – creating a new reality of care and welfare through the inclusion of social robots’, Grant agreement no. 824047


Lifebots consortium met through videoconference

Lifebots consortium meets through videoconference

Cáritas Coimbra secondment in TUKE due to Lifebots

Event dedicated to the EU’s Research and Innovation programmes had Cáritas Coimbra as a speaker

University of Norway receives Cáritas Coimbra to share knowledge

Cáritas Coimbra visited by International Technical Expedition

Cáritas Coimbra participation in AAL Forum 2019

Cáritas Coimbra with significant participation in AAL Forum 2019

Cáritas Coimbra attended the kick-off meeting of the Lifebots Project

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