C-BRAIN-2018-2019-7: O envelhecimento mundial, tecnologia e a realidade dos cuidados de saúde /Ageing Well, technology and Healthcare (A. Espingardeiro)


C-BRAIN-2018-2019-7: O envelhecimento mundial, tecnologia e a realidade dos cuidados de saúde /Ageing Well, technology and Healthcare (A. Espingardeiro)
Tue, 13. November 2018


Presenter: António Espingardeiro


TITLE: O envelhecimento mundial, tecnologia e a realidade dos cuidados de saúde /Ageing Well, technology and Healthcare




Current worldwide demographics scenarios are likely to present additional challenges in terms of human care. The ageing societies and the lack of care resources are a phenomenon that cannot be detached from a technological standpoint. We will need assistive technologies able to extend human levels of care to elderly populations. At the same time it is likely that robotics and automation will cross the boundaries of industry and enter social domains through the form of technological tools. The conjunction of information systems, robotics and health care can result into Social Assistive Robots (SARs). Such powerful combination has the potential to reformulate human interactions, health care, businesses, communications, or even entertainment.

In that domain the first generation of (SARs) are likely to provide added benefits in terms of supervision, cognitive assistance and companionship. Human Robot Interactions (HRIs) by their nature are very broad. A robot might not be static as a computer since it has a certain behaviour associated to its body frame, it can move or acquire different shapes according to different scenarios. The main benefits of such interactions are set to be qualitative and especially related to the notion of scalability. A robot can provide continuous supervision of elderly groups by using sensing abilities beyond the human nature. So the use of SARs is a complex issue to debate. We will need further research that could encompass more active user participation throughout the robotics design phases. A deep analysis is required in terms understanding where humans perform better and robots offer other types of advantages. Making that parallelism will help humans to conceive introduction schemes for providing the best care as possible for elderly groups.



Antonio Espingardeiro is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He holds a BEng in Industrial Informatics from Setúbal Polytechnic Institute (Portugal), an MSc in Robotics and Automation (Distinction) from University of Salford, Manchester (UK) and a PhD in Information Systems for Social Assistive Robots from University of Salford, Manchester (UK). He is an expert in the development of assistive technologies for expanding human care. He is the author of the following books: “The day humans live with machines” and “The new robotics landscape”. He has published several articles in international conferences and scientific journals. He currently works at KCS IT innovation in conjunction with the Accenture UK delivery centre where he has implemented numerous international projects. He currently advises the IEEE UK and IEEE USA sections on the topics of information systems and robotics.




Room U.0.8, Building U



03.2019: Accepted Paper, European Control Conference 2019

Henry, D.; Cieslak, J.; Colmenarejo, P.; Branco, J.; Santos, N.; Serra, P.; Telaard, J.; Strauch, H.; Giordano, A. M.; De Stefano, M.; Ott, C.; Reiner, M.; Jaworski, J.; Papadopoulos, E.; Visentin, G.; Ankersen, F.; Fernandez, J.G.Model-based fault diagnosis and tolerant control: the ESA’s e.Deorbit mission

03.2019: Accepted paper, MDPI Future Internet 2019, Special issue on ICN

Sofia, Rute C.; Mendes, Paulo. An Overview on Push-based Communication Models for Information-Centric Networking

02.2019: New IRTF ICNRG draft

Mendes, Paulo; Sofia, Rute C.; Tsaoussidis, Vassilis; Diamantopoulos, Sotiris; Borrego, Carlos; Borrel, Joan; Sarros, Christos-Alessandros. nformation-centric Routing for Opportunistic Wireless Networks.

01.2019: Accepted paper, Sensors 2019, Special Issue on Wireless Location Tracking

Stankovic, S. S.; Stankovic, Milos; Johansson, Karl H.; Beko, Marko. On Consensus-based Distribution Blind Calibration of Sensor Networks

11.2018: Rute C. Sofia becomes Associate Editor of IEEE Access

11.2018: Accepted paper MDPI Sensors 2018, Special Issue on Wireless Location Tracking

Correia, Sergio; Beko, Marko; Cruz, Luis A. da Silva; Tomic, Slavisa. Elephant Herding Optimization for Energy-Based Localization

11.2018: Accepted paper Sensors 2018, Special Issue on Wireless Location Tracking

Tomic, Slavisa; Beko, Marko. Target Localization via Integrated and Segregated Ranging Based on RSS and TOA Measurements

11.2018: Results of the CEEC/COPELABS/JUNIOR2018: Prof. Dr. Pedro Sá Costa admitted.

10.2018: Rute C. Sofia becomes an IEEE Senior member

10.2018: Invited Talk: Cooperative wireless networking: Research challenges, P. Mendes, @LakesideLabs, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

09.2018: Accepted paper, ACM ICN 2018

P. Mendes, R. Sofia, V. Tsaoussidis, S. Diamantopoulos, J. Soares,Information-centric routing for opportunistic wireless networks. InProc. ACM ICN 2018, Sep. 2018.

09:2018: Accepted paper, IEEE WiMob

09.2018:C-BRAINs 2018/2019

C-BRAINS for 2018/2019 are out!

07.2018: Ciencia 2018

People-to-people Communication in Emergency Scenarios, P. Mendes, R. Sofia, M. Tavares, O. Aponte

06.2018: UMOBILE project

POC2 - information-centric communication in opportunistic scenarios, P. Mendes, M. Tavares, O. Aponte, R. Sofia, J. Soares


UMOBILE Demo in Italy, Umbria

04.2018 Accepted Book Chapter

 Rute C. Sofia, Liliana I. Carvalho., Francisco de Melo Pereira, Samrat Dattagupta.The Role of Smart Data in Inference of Human Behavior and Interaction. Book chapter. "Smart Data: State-of-the-Art and Perspectives in Computing and Applications".

03.2018 IRTF draft DABBER

Information-centric Routing for Opportunistic Wireless Networks





Our up-to-date list of events. Interdisciplinary meetings, workshops, and much more!

Organized events

Latest Research

logo nemps smallNEMPS PhD programme - New Media and Pervasive Systems, University Lusófona. Check out the application deadlines and scholarship opportunities!

Current Sponsors


        ulht   logo eu

Past Sponsors