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Pieter Van De Graaf
27/08/2015 - 12:00

The digital way to patient empowerment

Societal and technological developments are creating an increasing pressure to move towards more extensive patient empowerment. As part of that process, governments are expected to provide reliable digital personalised health and wellbeing information. Such information is essential for effective self-management and health improvement by citizens.

In Scotland, citizens that are digitally active are seen as central to effective, integrated health and social care. The Scottish Government and National Health Service Scotland have had a national eHealth Strategy in place for many years. As part of its implementation, we are digitally strengthening the interaction between patients/citizens and the health and social care services.

To ensure we make substantial progress with patient-facing health IT developments,

Rubén Carrandi ...
26/08/2015 - 09:43

Transforming industrial designs into Virtual Reality Scenarios? With CTIC Plant VR, it's easy!

This is a guest blog post written by Rubén Carrandi Cortina, CTIC ICT Technological Center

CTIC Plant VR is a tool designed to improve the work of the engineering and commercial departments of companies, in line with the orientations of the industry of the future, the so-called ‘Industry 4.0’.

How can we take advantage of the 3D models that the engineering departments have designed to obtain a product? What if we could we insert ourselves inside them, using a virtual scenario?

Now, all of this is possible! CTIC Plant VR automatically transforms industrial designs into virtual reality scenarios ready to be navigated by the users. They will be able to walk  through an industrial plant, look inside a deposit, or ‘enter’ into  the tower of a wind turbine, only by using a headset and a pad controller. Would you like to see this

Pedro Lima
25/08/2015 - 16:34

RoCKIn-MOnarCH: Robots Helping at Home and in Hospitals

This is a guest blog post written by the RoCKIn project coordinator, Pedro U. Lima

RoCKin and MOnarCH projects

At the ICT 2015 Innovate Connect Transform (20-22 October 2015, Lisbon) we are showcasing two on-going FP7 projects:

  • RoCKIn (“Robot Competitions Kick Innovation in Cognitive Systems and Robotics”) which organises robot competitions that challenge researchers to develop robots to support humans in domestic and industrial tasks
  • MOnarCH (“Multi-Robot Cognitive Systems Operating in Hospitals”), which developed networked heterogeneous robots and sensors that interact with children, staff, and
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Monica Lancini
11/08/2015 - 14:00

BabyLux develops an innovative technique to monitor oxygen in the brain of premature babies

This is a guest blog post written by Monica Lancini, communication officer for BabyLux project

“Born too soon”: this is the origin and the doom of a growing number of children in the world. According to the Global Action Report published by the World Health Organization (2012) about 1.1 million babies die from preterm birth complications. This is the second leading cause of death, globally, for children under five. The extremely preterm infants, born at less than 28 weeks of gestation, represent 0.5% of all births. An apparently small percentage that, when translated into numbers, is equivalent to more than 25,000 cases per year in Europe. One in four grows up with cognitive and physical handicaps, partly due to injury from lack of blood and oxygen

Oscar Deniz
07/08/2015 - 10:40

Giving Eyes to the Internet of Things

This is a guest blog post written by Oscar Deniz, EoT project coordinator

Computer vision going massive

Computer vision is a discipline where we use computer software to analyse images for content. Traditionally focused on factory automation (inspect parts, measure distances, …all in carefully controlled factory conditions) , this field is now booming with applications everywhere: videogames, automotive, drones, wearable headsets, automatic surveillance, intelligent toys and companions, etc.

In EoT we want to develop a flexible open platform to contribute to this trend. Our tiny intelligent camera is targeted at original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the idea being to provide the right tool to develop visually intelligent products and services with short time-to-market.

First steps…

The project is now into its 8th month

Nikolaos Isaris
06/08/2015 - 15:37

Citadel: Turning Citizens into App Developers using Open Data provided by Cities

What is the best way to discover a new city? Following the recommendations of a guide? Reading a Wikitravel article? Watching a documentary? While I find these sources useful, I prefer to consult the people who know the city best: its citizens. If you had the chance to talk to a local who is passionate about his or her home town, you will probably agree that citizens are the most valuable asset a city can have.

This also holds true for how cities can harness the potential of digital technologies. During the final review session of one of our Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) projects, I had the opportunity to experience once again the power of citizen-driven innovation. Citadel on the Move developed a free online platform which allows

Paul Timmers
31/07/2015 - 17:19

Subjective Well-being

I briefly touched upon "happiness" last year in a blog post about Nonna Lea. "Happiness" is also a key indicator of subjective wellbeing. It is increasingly mentioned in the context of measuring social progress, and as an important goal of public policy. Measuring "subjective well-being", and using it to design public spaces and improve the delivery public services is becoming the norm.

We've been eagerly awaiting the recent release of the 2015 Happiness Index by the UN's Sustainable Development Solutions Network. It finally came out recently and as I was reading through the report, a few immediate thoughts occurred to me:
Firstly, how striking it is to look at variations in perceived happiness amongst age groups.

Roberto Viola
24/07/2015 - 15:12

What next for EU telecom rules?

This review is a key part of the Commission's strategy for a Digital Single Market, adopted on May 6. It will look at to what extent we need to modernise the telecoms regulatory environment to address technological and market challenges. The review will be closely coordinated with other DSM initiatives, like those on audiovisual media services, platforms and intermediaries and trust and security.  

The Commission also has the legal obligation to ensure that EU rules function correctly. So, this week we are starting a Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT)

Robert Madelin
16/07/2015 - 08:26

Knowing who's behind the media

These are legitimate requests. Many companies have learned to address them and profile themselves as responsible economic players. More information made available to the public also means more citizen and consumer empowerment.

Thanks to recent new EU Anti-Money laundering rules, all companies will be subject to certain ownership transparency requirements. However, some believe that transparency requirements for media companies should be more stringent, as they have a specific and fundamental role in democratic societies.

Some ask in particular for more details about the real owner(s) of media companies to be revealed. According to these demands, this information can empower citizens to assess the news provided by the media more consciously and critically. This

Mario Campolargo
10/07/2015 - 10:05

EuCNC2015: Moving forward, shaping up 5G vision

In numbers, the 24th EUCNC could be quickly summarised as follows:

  • More than 500 high profile professionals attended
  • 110 high-quality scientific papers published in the prestigious IEEE Xplore Digital Library delivering full text access to the world's highest quality technical literature in engineering and technology presented
  • 36 demonstration booths
  • 11 special sessions
  • 12 themed workshops

EuCNC2015 kept its promise, it was mainly about 5G and the "EU vision for 5G". During the conference we proudly launched and presented the

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