Research on ICT for ageing well
The European Union, Member States and industry invested more than €1 billion on research for ageing well between 2008 and 2013:
- €400 million in the 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7),
- €700 million in the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme,
- over €50 million on large scale pilot projects in Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP).
Horizon 2020 is the new Framework Programme on Research and Innovation (watch the presentation video). It has a total budget of € 80 billion from 2014 to 2020 and continues to work on innovation, developing new products and services for ageing well and bringing them to people all over Europe.
Robotics for ageing well - current research
Research in robotics for ageing well is worth more of 85 million euro of funding under the new Research and Innovation Framework Programme - Horizon 2020. The focus is on how to make robots cooperate and communicate with people and with ICT-systems in intelligent environments. These could range from smart houses with sensors for fall detection, appliances that monitor diabetes or heart failure, or communication systems to connect people with their carers, their doctors or family and friends. Only then can robots contribute to better care, and to better quality of life of people that live independently for more years.