Rationale & Background

Assisted living in Smart Homes (SH) can change the way millions of the older people in Europe live, are cared, and manage their conditions and maintain wellbeing in the future. While today’s monitoring and assistance technologies are selectively deployed due to high cost, limited functionality and interoperability issues, future SH could leverage from cheap ubiquitous sensors, interconnected smart objects, packaged with robust context inference and interaction techniques. 

With the increasing ageing population and the growing demand on novel healthcare models, research on SH for independent living, self-management and wellbeing has intensified over the last decade. Yet it still remains a challenge to develop and deploy SH solutions that can handle everyday life situations and support a wide range of users and care applications. 

To best leverage the SH potential, ACROSSING envisions an easy-to-use technology infrastructure which provides validated technology components and platforms built upon them. The technologies in the infrastructure should be modular and extensible, and can be re-used and automatically configured and integrated in a service infrastructure to facilitate wider adoption. 

ACROSSING aims to combine the efforts of a multi-disciplinary network of 26 leading European research groups, industry partners, and user organisations, to develop an open SH technology infrastructure and train 15 ESRs across sectors on concepts and methodologies of SHs towards the PhD. To achieve this, ACROSSING designs 15 topically complementary research projects covering the four core SH research areas, i.e. sensing, context inference, human system interaction and service based infrastructure, and four main SH application categories, i.e. independent living with cognitive impairments, self-management of chronic diseases, wellbeing and empowerment of the elderly. 

The ACROSSING network brings together all required knowledge, skills, and stakeholders to offer a comprehensive training programme including industry practice and longer-term benefit in establishing cross-institutional PhD programmes and further partner collaborations.