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European Partnership Funds Research Toward Robot Aides for the Elderly


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A European partnership is funding research on robot aides for the elderly.

Credit: Technische Universitaet Muenchen

A team of researchers from 20 European states, the European Union, and several private enterprises recently launched a project aimed at developing robots capable of serving as adaptable, interactive, and safe assistants for older adults. The Adaptable Ambient Living ASsistant (ALIAS) project focuses on maintaining social networks, warding off feelings of loneliness and isolation, and increasing activities that could protect cognitive capabilities.

Led by the Technische Universitaet Muenchen professor Frank Wallhoff, ALIAS helps build social contacts by creating connections to people and events in the wider world.

The ALIAS mobile robots will facilitate daily life for older adults in a variety of ways, including proactive communication with speech recognition, video calls, Internet chat between users, online gaming, reading aloud from newspapers, and assisted mobility.

From Technische Universitaet Muenchen
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