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.
MAIN TASKS OF CDC IN THE PROJECT:
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
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