By Nikolaos Prakas
The University of Cyprus’ Computer Science department along with CITARD Ltd secured funding, of €979,250, for participation in a new EU funded project under the name GrowMeUp, which will create a lifestyle robot for the elderly, age 65+.
The project is funded under the EU programme, Horizon 2020, and received €3.430.930 in total. It includes eight partners from five European countries, with the head being Portugal’s Coimbra University, and the others being the University of Geneva in Switzerland, ORBIS: Care Centre in the Netherlands, the University of Cyprus, PAL Robotics in Spain, CITARD: Information Services, and CARITAS: Care Centre in Portugal. The project will work on creating a robot to help with the daily tasks of an elderly person’s life.
The Cypriot team, including the University’s Computer Science department, led by Professor George Samaras, and CITARD Ltd, had the main role in the project and the research proposal.
GrowMeUp’s purpose is to create a lifestyle robot, the GrowMu robot, to assist the elderly in their daily tasks. The robot will record its daily interactions with its owner and will become smarter over time, in regards to the person’s needs, daily activities, and wants. It will be used as a tool to aid, both physically and psychologically to keep the elderly person’s mind and body active. It will be able to record functions that will assist it to learn the routine of its owner and better react to future tasks.
To further its research the GrowMeUp programme will have a trial of over 80 people in two different sample areas, the Netherlands and Portugal, for a period of six months.