Federated Collaborative Networks

Project description

The full title name of the TeleCARE project is Multi-Agent Tele-Supervision System for Elderly Care. The overall goal of the project is the design and development of a configurable framework and new technological solutions for tele-supervision and tele-assistance, based on the integration of a multi-agent and a federated information management approach, including both stationary and mobile intelligent agents, combined with the services likely to be offered by the emerging ubiquitous computing and intelligent home appliances, and applied to assist elderly people.

The traditional approach to care provision has been either to resort to support from relatives, or elderly care centers. However, these solutions have become increasingly inappropriate for the following reasons:

  • Shifting the burden of responsibility onto relatives is increasingly impractical, given the fact that more and more family members have to work to secure steady incomes.
  • Care centers are costly and invariably necessitate the relocation of the elderly people, often beyond their home communities. By so doing, elderly people may lose a degree of autonomy, and control over their daily lives.
  • Many elderly people preserve enough robustness to be in their homes, a situation, which is often preferable to the elderly people themselves, and as such, better for their welfare.

Therefore, the objective of the project is to leverage the potential of information society technologies, in particular, stationary and mobile intelligent agents and virtual organizations, to improve the quality of life, and care, for elderly people and their families. The intended platform will support the establishment of Virtual Elderly Assistance Communities.

Contact person

Hamideh Afsarmanesh

Project members

University of Amsterdam, The Nethelands
– Hamideh Afsarmanesh
– Victor Guevara Masis

Instituto de Desenvolvimiento de Novas Tecnologías, Portugal

Roundrose Associates, Ltd., The United Kingdom

Synkronix Incorporation, Ltd., The United Kingdom

SKILL Consejeros de Gestión, SL., Spain

Cámara de Comercio e Industria – Unidad de Promoción y Desarrollo de Navarra, SL., Spain