To enable older people to live at home as long as possible, a group of European researchers, coordinated by the Technical University of Eindhoven , link spam and the ‘smart home’. The robot, a ‘friend of the family-sensitive’, will ensure that the house is a nice place to stay. And that patients do the right things.The project has a total budget of nearly $ 4 million, 2.9 million will be provided by the EU. Other parties are Italian research center Institute Superiore Mario Boella, Vienna University of Technology, University of Hamburg, Italian ICT companies Consoft, the European Central Bank Institute of Technology in Vienna and the caregiver Israeli Maccabi Healthcare Services.

The research project recently launched, which was nominated KSERA focuses primarily on patients with COPD, those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In 2030, it will be the third leading cause of death worldwide, according to forecasts by the World Health Organization. The disease mostly affects people in ancient times.

To achieve this, a number of European parties will conduct research in the coming years. ir. Raymond Cuijpers, even by the TU / e, will study how a robot should communicate that he understands the human being and vice versa. This must be done in a natural way, which is possible only if a robot really understands the patient’s wishes. Must be intelligent and able to anticipate. KSERA RoboEarth also connect with the TU / e-led project, which will build a kind of global central memory for robots. This will allow robots to learn from each other, for example, to communicate better with people.

Ethical issues will also be given special attention. The robot must give good advice to patients, but should not be a policeman, Meesters explains.

What, for example, when you turn on a COPD patient a cigarette? And what could the robot system to transmit the ‘central operator’, and true? Meesters: ‘We need to set clear limits for the robot continuously measure the data and see very private.’