Ultima edizione | Archivio giornali | Archivio tematico | Archivio video

CNR: Alamanacco della Scienza


N. 15 - 24 nov 2010
ISSN 2037-4801

International info   a cura di Cecilia Migali


A new Ambient assisted living community  

Ambient assisted living (Aal) is a new term referring to one of the most important societal challenges facing us in the coming years. Starting from the problem of population aging, Aal is about intelligent systems that use technology to provide assistance for a better, healthier and safer life in the preferred living environment. Starting in 2006, various research projects funded by the Eu Fp6 and Fp7 research programmes have been developing ideas in this field. Seven of these projects have now joined forces and decided it is time to start a convergence process to build a consensus on the standardization of Aal systems. To do so, the projects now support the incorporation of an Aal open association - known as Aaloa.

The Aal open association is promoted by the partners of the European Integrated Projects Persona and Universaal and the discussion about its organization is currently coordinated by Cnr-Isti (Institute of information science and technologies, Italy), Fraunhofer-Igd (Germany), Itaca-Upv (Spain), and Sintef (Norway).

The mission of Aaloa is to provide a shared open framework for developers, technology and service providers, research institutions and end user associations to discuss, design, develop, evaluate and standardize a common service platform for Ambient Assisted Living.
The call for action is expressed in the Aaloa Manifesto (www.aaloa.org/manifesto), and was distributed publically for the first time in September 2010 at the Aal forum in Odense, Denmark (www.aalforum.eu). It has attracted subscriptions from more than fifty individuals coming from the academic world and industry. The first project initiated by the Aaloa community is Evaal (http://evaal.aloa.org), an international competition aimed at evaluating Aal systems and creating recognized benchmarks for the assessment of the research results in this field.

Francesco Furfari, researcher at Cnr-Isti, the first subscriber of the Manifesto says: "It's the first time that independent research projects have decided to join their efforts and share their findings before the projects have even finished. This is possible thanks to a common Open source policy which may produce a strong impact on the market. Several industrial alliances have recently demonstrated how OSS can quickly open new markets, especially when the costs of developing a platform are spread over a multiplicity of stakeholders".

Fonte: Francesco Furfari, Istituto di scienza e tecnologie dell'informazione "Alessandro Faedo", Pisa, tel. +39 050 315 3069, email francesco.furfari@isti.cnr.it