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The European population is ageing. Human care resources are already insufficient. Future demographic developments will lead to an increasing need for care.

Social robots – autonomous robots that can interact socially with human beings – may alleviate this pressure by battling people’s loneliness, preventing accidents, and increasing people’s activity and autonomy.
However, we need to learn more on how to achieve this.
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Marie-Skłodowska-Curie research and innovation staff exchanges enable European industrialists and academics to move around Europe and share their knowledge and experiences.
One of this programme’s projects is LIFEBOTS ExchangeUntil 2023, LIFEBOTS Exchange will organise activities in 10 countries that focus on using social robots for human care.
The initiative is arranged around work exchanges between academic and non-academic partners.

LIFEBOT’s project coordinator, Artur Serrano, of NTNU, Norway, has completed the very first out of the 138 planned staff exchanges.

Among the results of his secondment was a design for Elmo, an emotional robot – a robot that can respond to human beings’ emotions by expressing emotions of its own.

Can Elmo help in fighting loneliness in the future?

Can social robots help – as co-workers, companions, or avatars – with health and care-related activities, by improving treatment, well-being, coaching, rehabilitation, and self-care?

EHTEL plans to follow and catalyse developments in the social robots field. At its upcoming events, it will include news about social robots and examine their developments through the next decade.


***For more information about social robots visit the project website***

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