ACROSSING adopts a holistic approach to addressing the global ageing problem by implementing a multidisciplinary cross-sector pan-European training network of 15 ESRs. The ultimate purpose is to challenge the traditional way of SH research by focusing on the development of both generic and specialised technology infrastructures to address the heterogeneous nature of the SH applications. The overall scientific target of the project will be achieved by addressing the four scientific and technological objectives, namely Sensing and Monitoring Technologies, Context Inference and Behaviour Analysis, Personalisation and Adaptive Interaction and Open SH Platform and Service Infrastructure.
From a wide range of use cases ACROSSING has decided to focus on four categories of SH applications based on the urgency and nature of the use cases and the envisioned social and economic impacts, including Assisted Living with Cognitive Impairments, Self-Management of Chronic Diseases, Patient Empowerment and Citizen Engagement and Wellbeing, Early Risk Detection and Prevention. The technologies developed in scientific objectives for each category of application will be integrated to solve a typical problem in the application domain. In addition to testing the developed technologies this will lead to four specialised technology infrastructures, four exemplar application demonstrators, including guidelines for best-practice technology integration, application development and deployment.
As the integral part of this training network, social and personal issues, i.e. the needs, ethics, privacy and dignity of end users, the security of data and system solutions, are fully considered, and will influence design, implementation and use of technologies and systems. In addition, ACROSSING will collect comprehensive datasets from the experiments of ACROSSING’s individual projects in the four categories of applications.