A very successful MARIO Kick off meeting was held on 16th & 17th February followed by a technical kick off meeting on 18th, in the School of Nursing & Midwifery, NUI Galway, Ireland.
MARIO will use a 36 month work program and 11 work packages controlled by 5 project milestones, in order to integrate the diverse sectors, skills, and capabilities of the consortium in a logical evolution of the work packages.
Mr Ilias Trochidis, on behalf of Ortelio (MARIO partner), had the opportunity of presenting the MARIO project at the European Robotics Forum 2015 in Vienna last week.
Managing Active and healthy aging with use of caRing servIce robots.
MARIO addresses the difficult challenges of loneliness, isolation and dementia in older persons through innovative and multi-faceted inventions delivered by service robots. The effects of these conditions are severe and life-limiting. They burden individuals and societal support systems. Human intervention is costly but the severity can be prevented and/or mitigated by simple changes in self-perception and brain stimulation mediated by robots.
From this unique combination, clear advances are made in the use of semantic data analytics, personal interaction, and unique applications tailored to better connect older persons to their care providers, community, own social circle and also to their personal interests. Each objective is developed with a focus on loneliness, isolation and dementia. The impact centres on deep progress toward EU scientific and market leadership in service robots and a user driven solution for this major societal challenge. The competitive advantage is the ability to treat tough challenges appropriately. In addition, a clear path has been developed on how to bring MARIO solutions to the end users through market deployment.