Investigators from Coimbra lead consortium for new generation technologies

A group of researchers at the University of Coimbra (UC) leads a consortium that is developing innovative and cost-effective in the context of information technologies applied to healthcare.

IMG 2903amThe project, called "TICE.Healthy - Systems for Health and Quality of Life", is estimated at 7.5 million and is led by researchers from UC and the Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN) and HIS company - E- Innovation Health Systems.

It integrates a new technology platform, We.Can entitled, "large aggregating technologies" to promote "a better quality of life for users, 'says a note from the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra (FCTUC), released yesterday. "It is a platform that will provide for a centralized health services and products, tested and validated, for people seeking informal care and services," says Carlos Cerqueira, Pedro Nunes Institute investigator and University of Coimbra.

According to this official, the We.Can works as a 'channel information' on the one hand, but also allows, among other features, provide an example of software applications store (app store), based on the Internet.

The set of new technological products also includes Mind.Care, an electronic clinical process aimed at mental illness and degenerative allowing 'social and family characterization and identification of carers', be they family, friends, neighbors or social welfare institutions.

The AskPharma is a system designed to provide, with the aid of a virtual assistant, 'all the relevant information on drugs or active ingredients "and Be.Aware another developing system allows the automatic collection of location information of users, professionals and equipment.

The consortium also includes two dozen companies and other entities such as the Universities of Porto, Aveiro and Minho and health facilities, including the University Hospitals of Coimbra (HUC).

Tomorrow and Saturday the consortium partners will gather at the IPN, in Coimbra, to "define the research strategy ', a meeting that includes a display technology. Participants will be received by Cicerone robot, which through a laser sensor analyzes the space involving you and moves with precision without colliding with any object or person. "The interaction with the public is achieved by processing the image from a camera that analyzes the poses and gestures of people and generates" speech "and animations appropriate to the situation," explains FCTUC.


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At Diário de Coimbra

Date: 17-02-2011