The RAPP project can count on eight partners in five European countries (Greece, France, United Kingdom, Spain and Poland), including research institutes, universities, industries and SMEs. The RAPP consortium brings together pioneers in the fields of Assistive Robotics, Machine Learning and Data Analysis, Motion Planning and Image Recognition, Software Development and Integration, and Excluded People – all eager to take on the technical and social challenges set in the project. RAPP partners are committed to identify the best ways to train and adapt robots to serve and assist people with special needs. Eventually, our aspired success will be to open and widen a new ‘inclusion market’ segment in Europe.
CERTH/ITI – Greece
The Information Technologies Institute (ITI) is one of the four research institutes of the Centre for Research and Technology, Hellas (CERTH). CERTH is a financially and administratively independent mature organization, currently supervised by the Greek Secretariat of Research and Technology (GSRT), with its head office located in Thessaloniki, Greece. ITI is active in research, both basic and industry-oriented, as well as technology transfer actions, in the following areas: computer vision, image and video analysis and coding, web semantics, intelligent software architectures, e-Health, biometrics, information security, 3D imaging and virtual reality applications, multimedia and internet technologies, educational and cultural technologies, tele-medicine applications, digital and interactive television, data communications and computer networks. Since 1998, CERTH/ITI has participated in more than 60 EC Information Society Technologies (IST) research projects and more than 85 National projects and Contracts with the Private Sector (IT Indus- try). In 2005, CERTH/ITI was awarded the “European Group Technical Achievement Award” by the European Association for Signal, Speech and Image Processing (EURASIP) for significant contributions to the theory and application of digital filtering and image processing and coding.
CERTH is RAPP Project Coordinator. CERTH also leads the RAPP Platform Design, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning tasks, and Software development.
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – Greece
The Research Committee of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH/RC) is a law body of the University, exclusively responsible for the contractual research within Aristotle University. The work of this project will be carried out by the Information Processing Lab (IPL) of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The IPL has been involved in more than 20 contract projects, mostly related to research on intelligent systems, autonomous software agents, databases and knowledge discovery, software engineering and consumption control, environmental impacts from power generation and applications of Information Technologies. IPL (http://issel.ee.auth.gr/) is an active research group in the intelligent systems field, with interests covering a wide range of artificial intelligent technologies and recently the area related with the social media and social network analysis and corresponding software tools.
As a technical partner, AUTH will be responsible for providing the final Requirements and KPIs of RAPP Platform. AUTH will be mainly involved in the RAPP open policy and standards Task, and will uptake part of the software development.
INRIA – France
The French Institute for research in computer science and control (INRIA) is the only French public institute entirely dedicated to research in information and communication science and technology (ICST). Throughout its eight research centers, INRIA has a workforce of 3 800 (2 800 of whom are scientists from INRIA and its partner organizations). In its 2008- 2012 Strategic Plan, INRIA has defined seven scientific priorities: 1) Modeling, simulation and optimization of complex dynamic systems; 2) Programming: security and reliability of computing systems; 3) Communication, information, and ubiquitous computing; 4) Interaction with real and virtual worlds; 5) Computational engineering; 6) Computational sciences; and 7) Computational medicine. As its strategy closely combines scientific excellence with technology transfer, it develops collaborations with the economic world through strategic industrial partners and by creating some 90 companies since 1984. INRIA is partner in more than 120 FP6 projects and 85 FP7 projects.
INRIA leads the implementation of Robotic Applications for Inclusion. INRIA is responsible for robotic communication and event processing tasks, as well for designing and developing the Robotic Application for mobility assistance and activity monitoring.
MATIA – Spain
MATIA Institute is Spain’s leading privately-funded institute conducting research into ageing and disability. Ingema ́s research is focused onknowledge development and its research applications through the creation of new services and products which will improve the quality of life of the elderly. MATIA aims at generating Knowledge about the ageing process to maximise everything that allows us to improve quality of life for the elderly and the disabled; and at using that Knowledge to improve care of the elderly with the view to working towards prevention of illness and delaying the appearances of disabilities, as well as helping the elderly integrate into society. MATIA Institute has a hundred and twenty-one years of experience in caring for the elderly and currently runs one geriatric hospital, seven gerontological centers and seven day care centres. With headquarters in San Sebastian and facilities in Madrid, MATIA currently employs more than thirty researchers coming from different countries and from multidisciplinary backgrounds such as psychology, medicine, chemistry, biology, sociology, nutrition, statistics and economics. Founded in 2002 to conduct state-of-the-art research, MATIA has grown from a local-focused institute to become an internationally known centre with a solid project portfolio in Spain and Europe, as well as an active partner of universities and institutes in North and South America. In recognition of its work, MATIA has been given a number of awards, these include, in 2008, the IMSERSO-Infanta Cristina Award for Social Research, in 2007 the Ramón Areces Foundation Award also for Research and in 2005 the Caja Madrid Award for Social Research.
MATIA contributes to the RAPP project as a social expert and evaluation leader. It is also responsible for tasks related to Ethical Legislations and Guidelines, as well as for user selection, and pilot preparation, deployment, testing and evaluation.
ORMYLIA – Greece
ORMYLIA Foundation has been founded in 1996 under the auspices of the Sacred Convent of the Annunciation, Dependency of the Monastery of Simonos Petra at the Holy Mountain. The mission of the Foundation is to contribute towards the wellbeing of mankind and the enhancement of culture through impartial personal struggle and charity actions as well as to comfort and alleviate the suffering of human beings without preference to race, religion, gender, or creed. ORMYLIA Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental institution supervised by the Ministries of Development, Culture, Education and Health. ORMYLIA Foundation, in its two divisions, the Art Diagnosis Centre and the Centre for Social Advancement, Medical Prevention and Research, “Panagia Philanthropini”, has an average number of more than 1000 of individual external (mainly minorities and penniless) users per year. From its inception the Foundation has sought to collaborate with premier medical centers from around the world so as to insure that the standardized medical service be of the highest quality possible. In the 1990s the European Union recognized ORMYLIA Foundation as a European Union Center of Excellence and included the Foundation in the networks for cervical and breast cancer. Beyond the European Union, the knowledge of the ORMYLIA Foundation is enriched since it is a member of the US National Institutes of Health International Cancer Screening Network, and also the Breast Health Global Initiative sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and M.D. Andersen Cancer Center in Seattle, Washington. In recognition of “ORMYLIA” Foundation’s services, the United States General Consul, Mr. Hoyt Brian Yee, at a specially organized award ceremony at the US General Consulate in Thessaloniki at 06/18/2009 officially acknowledged the high quality services offered by the Foundation to the under- privileged, minority and immigrant women in the field of breast and cervical cancer screening.
As a social partner with technical background, ORMYLIA leads definition of User Requirements and Specifications of the RAPP platform, including the definition of Key Performance Indicators. ORMYLIA will also design and develop the Robotic Application for technology illiterate people, being RAPP second Pilot partner with MATIA.
ORTELIO – UK
Ortelio Ltd is a specialised international research and innovation management consultancy, offering a combination of experience in technology and business issues. Ortelio’s scientific and technical competence lies mainly in Information and Communication Technologies, as well as in Environmental Science. Specific expertise on ICTs exists on online networks, web seman- tics, collaborative content, online advertising and location-based services. Specific environmental expertise exists in environmental and natural resource economics, sustainable use of resources (including biodiversity and wild resources), market-based instruments for sustainable development, decision support systems and policy support tools.
ORTELIO will organise all the cross-cutting activities that relate to the branding of the RAPP technologies and the exploitation of the project intellectual capital and its related intangible assets, thus ORTELIO will lead tasks dealing with the exploitation and the deployment planning. In addition ORTELIO will contribute in software development of RAPP and integration of RAPP stores.
Sigma Orionis – France
Sigma Orionis (SIGMA) aims to contribute, through studies and research, connecting research to innovation and markets. Since its creation in 1984, Sigma Orionis’ offer has expanded and now features a wide range of services, from assistance in setting up research projects to the preparation of exploitation plans and business models, including technology and socio-economic assessments, market research, watch services, foresight studies and support for the dissemination research results (communication strategy and tools, cooperation events, etc.). Sigma Orionis can count today on a longstanding experience combined with in-depth expertise, relies on an extensive network of contacts in Europe and worldwide, and is proud to have gained a solid reputation of high quality of service and of genuine professional values. The company benefits from a high level of participation in EU-funded projects (IPs, STREPs, NoEs, CSAs): it has participated in 36 FP7 projects over the 2007-2013 period, which ranks Sigma Orionis n°5 of all European SMEs for the whole FP7 programme.
Sigma Orionis leads project communication and dissemination activities, including the establishment and management of a network of interest. Sigma Orionis also substantially contributes to project exploitation plans.
WUT – Poland
Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) is a research intense, doctoral level academic institution focused on undergraduate and graduate programs almost exclusively in engineering and applied sciences. With over thirty thousand undergraduate and master students supplemented by over one thousand Ph.D. students served by two and a half thousand professors and instructors, Warsaw University of Technology is the largest and the highest ranking engineering university in Poland. It is composed of 19 faculties and one college. Two research groups take part in the proposed project, one from the Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology (Institute of Control and Computation Engineering) and the other one from the Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering (Division of Theory of Ma- chines and Robots). The Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology acts in the following research areas: control and robotics, biomedical engineering, computer science, control and software engineering, micro- and nano-electronics, optoelectronics and photonics, measuring systems, multimedia technology, radiocommunication and radiolocation, telecommunications. The research activity is implemented in 6 Institutes, which undertake research projects in areas corresponding to scientific domains represented by each institute. The Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering is composed of two institutes conducting research and delivering education in the area of aeronautical sciences, power and heat transfer technology and applied mechanics, including robotics.
WUT is the Core RAPP API leader, responsible for the navigation, motion planning, and image processing modules of RAPP, as well as for software developing.