As our societies are affected by a dramatic demographic change, in the near future elderly and people requiring support in their daily life will increase and caregivers will not be enough to assist and support them. Socially interactive robots can help to confront this situation not only by physically assisting people but also functioning as a companion.
Sigma Orionis, involved since the 90s in studies, research and consultancies addressing the potential of ICT to empower and improve the living environment of elderly and disabled people, is happy to announce its participation in the recently launched RAPP FP7 project, coordinated by the Greek CERTH.
RAPP (Robotic Applications for Delivering Smart User Empowering Applications) aims at providing a software platform to support the creation and delivery of robotics applications targeting people at risk of exclusion, especially older people. It will expand the computational and storage capabilities of robots and enable machine learning operations, distributed data collection and processing, and knowledge sharing among robots in order to provide personalized applications based on adaptation to individuals. The use of a common Application Programming Interface (API) will assist developers in creating improved applications for different types of robots that target people with different needs, capabilities and expectations, while at the same time respect their privacy and autonomy.