Research Projects

Innovation is the most important factor leading to society’s evolution. For this reason CiTARD make sustainable investment in research and development of solutions based on the latest technologies that will help its customers sustain growth, achieve long-term profitability, reduce costs and add business values. The high experienced personnel of CiTARD have been collaborating in a number of European Commission and national funded projects and studies including:


  • growmeup

    GrowMeUp main aim is to increase the years of independent and active living, and the quality of life, of older persons with light physical or mental health problems (at the age of 65+) who live alone at home and can find pleasure and relief in getting support or stimulation to carry out their daily activities over the ageing process. GrowMeUp will provide an affordable service robotic system able to learn the older persons needs and habits over time and enhance, ‘grow up’/scale up, its functionality, compensating for the older persons capabilities degradation, to support, encourage and engage the older persons to stay longer active, independent and socially involved, in carrying out their daily life at home over time.

    GrowMeUp (H2020-PHC-2014; Grant Agreement Number: 643647): February 2015 - January 2018
  • cogniwin

    Main aim of the CogniWin project is to design and develop a software system making use of an intelligent mouse and an eye tracker, providing services for both older adults at work and the organizations (knowledge retention repository) employing them. CogniWin will be equipped with personalized and adaptive user interfaces considering the cognitive characteristics of the older adults while considering the cognitive factors that affect user interactions (e.g., present information in a diagrammatical representation in case a user processes graphical information more efficiently).

    CogniWin: Cognitive Support for Older Adults at Work (FP7-ICT-2013-10): May 2014 - October 2016
  • miraculous

    The overall aim of the Miraculous-Life project is to design, develop and evaluate a Virtual Support Partner that by analogy to a real life human partner, considering emotional understanding and responding, will attend to the needs of the elder while he goes about his normal daily life activities in the totality of his home and provide implicit support and also safety. The system will consider established behaviour and communication patterns related to how an elder interacted with a human partner while carrying out his/her daily activities at home throughout life. As a result the elder is given the illusion of communicating with a real human who understands both his/her his emotional state and behaviour.

    Miraculous Life (7th Framework Programme; Grant Agreement No 611421): December 2013 - November 2016
  • cameli

    CaMeLi is a two year AAL project seeking to provide automated services with the purpose of assisting elderly people in their daily activities and assist in the provision of a comfortable quality of care. The CaMeLi project utilizes common tablet devices, installed in the living quarters of the user, with innovative avatar interfaces that are able to recognize the users’ affective state and behaviour as well as express emotions and other human-like behaviours. This virtual avatar thus assists in the daily activities of the elderly user and is able to aid in the care of the user through a Co-Care communication platform consisting of actual formal and informal human care-givers.

    CaMeLi: Care Me for Life (AAL Programme; Grant Agreement No AAL-2012-5-030): June 2013 - November 2015
  • personaweb

    The PersonaWeb project is focused upon the implementation and evaluation of a dynamic Web-based framework for achieving dynamic adaptation and personalization of eServices' generic content based on human factors. More specifically, given the users' diversified perceptual preferences, the same service content provided by an organization will be reconstructed and delivered differently based on users' cognitive typologies and the proposed set of design guidelines (user-centric). This way, we will increase information assimilation, accuracy on cognitive targets' searching activities and consequently enhance satisfaction and acceptability of the On-line services.

    PersonaWeb project (ΤΠΕ/ΠΛΗΡΟ/0311(ΒΙΕ)/10): January 2013 – December 2014
  • socialrobot

    The Social Robot project aims to provide an answer to the demographic change challenge, through knowledge transfer and the creation of strategic synergies between the project's participating academia and industry regarding the development of an integrated Social Robotics system (SocialRobot) for "Ageing Well". The work focuses on bringing together the Robotic and Computer Science fields by integrating state of the art Robotic and Virtual Social Care Communities technologies and services to provide solutions to key issues of relevance for improved independent living and quality of life of the elderly and efficiency of care.

    Social Robot project (FP7 IAPP Marie Curie Programme 2011; Grant agreement no.: 285870): November 2011 – October 2015
  • ageingwell

    The aim of the AgeingWell Network is to build and animate a European network focused on improving the quality of life of the Elderly by promoting the market uptake of ICT solutions for Ageing Well.

    AgeingWell (Grant Agreement no. 297298): January 2012 - December 2014
  • coliving

    The main aim of the project is the development of a Virtual Mobile Living Community around the elderly consisting of people of different ages and roles that assist, collaborate and actively communicate with the elderly to improve their daily life in an ad-hoc and informal way stimulating thus and prolonging their socialization and independent and active living in an outward environment. The solution is based on an innovative social community network model integrating different mobile wireless ICT based services addressing the elderly social care categories of: Care & Wellness, Personal Interests & Activities, Mobility and Information & Learning. It provides for personalized care and adaptation of social relationships and contexts of the elderly as they age.

    Co-Living (60-61-70098-009): October 2010 - September 2013
  • firewatch

    This project aims to design and develop a ubiquitous fire detection and prediction system, coined CiTARD Services Ltd., based on state of the art technologies in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Terrain Analysis & Digital Terrain Modelling and Collaboration Systems.

    FireWatch G.I.S.-Assisted Wireless Sensor Networks for Forest Fires.
  • mpower

    The project deals with the definition of a middleware platform that supports rapid development and deployment of distributed integrated innovative services for elderly and cognitive disabled. It provides a collaborative environment for distributed and shared care, interoperabilty among different systems, user context adaptation mechanisms in a distributed, mobile environment and integrates biosensors and smart house technologies, end date 2009

    mPower (FP6-034707): Middleware platform for eMPOWERing cognitive disabled and elderly. Oct. 2006 – March. 2009.
  • healthservice

    The project addresses eHealth and eInclusion and aims at launching of an innovative mobile health care service supporting patients' and health professionals' mobility, increasing patients' quality of life and lowering health care costs. European Commission eTEN, end date: 2006

    HealthService24 (Contract No. 517352), Feb. 2005 – July 2006.
  • linkcare

    Linking Health Professionals in Emerging Care Environments. The project addresses the provision of services that facilitate ubiquitous and mobile new working practices for healthcare professionals supporting personalization and multi-channel issues and interoperability with existing information resources, European Commission eTEN, end date: 2007

    Linkcare (eTEN 517435): LINKCARE is the project that aims to market validate new competitive services with a view to link health professionals in emerging care environments.
  • epri

    The project aims at stimulating, increasing, but at the same time qualifying the participation of SMEs from New Member States of the European Union in the IST Programme. The process of stimulating and developing SME participation will feed a second, parallel process which involves political decision makers of the target countries and political decision makers on the level of European ICT Policy in order to discuss socio-economic impacts of ICT and to prepare and support the discussion of the FP7 EC IST.

    EPRI (Project Nr. 015871): Stimulate the Participation of SMEs of NMS in IST activities. March. 2005 – July 2006.
  • euser

    The project aims at preparing a state-of-the-art resource base on user needs in relation to online public services and on user oriented methods for meeting these needs and use this resource base to actively support the IST programme, EU policy and the wider European Research Community to better address user needs in the design and delivery of online public services, EC IST, end date: 2006

  Selected Publications

Journal articles (published)

  • L. Santos, C. Christophorou, E. Christodoulou, G. Samaras, J. Dias, " Development Strategy of an Architecture for E-Health Personalised Service Robots", in IADIS International Journal of Computer Science and Information Systems, 2014, Volume: 9 Issue: 2, Pages: 1-18, ISSN: 1646-3692.
  • D. R. Faria, P. Trindade, J. Lobo, J. Dias, "Knowledge-based Reasoning from Human Grasp Demonstrations for Robot Grasp Synthesis", Robotics and Autonomous Systems, ISSN 0921-8890, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.robot.2014.02.003
  • J. Lobo, P. Trindade, "InerTouchHand System – iTH - Demonstration of a Glove Device with Distributed Inertial Sensors and Vibro-tactile", International Journal of Online Engineering (iJOE), Vol. 9, Pages. 56-58, ISSN: 1861-2121, 2013. DOI: 10.3991/ijoe.v9iS8.3385

Conference/Workshop Papers (Published)

  • D. Portugal, L. Santos, P. Alvito, J. Dias, G. Samaras and E. Christodoulou, "SocialRobot: An Interactive Mobile Robot for Elderly Home Care". In Proc. of the IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration (SII 2015), Nagoya, Japan, Dec. 11-13, 2015. (Accepted)
  • D. Portugal, P. Trindade, E. Christodoulou, G. Samaras and J. Dias, “On the Development of a Service Robot for Social Interaction with the Elderly”. In Proc. of the IET International Conference on Technologies for Active and Assisted Living (TechAAL 2015), Kingston, London, UK, November 5, 2015.
  • D. Cereghetti, S. Kleanthous, C. Christophorou, C. Tsiourti, C. Wings, E. Christodoulou, "Virtual Partners for Seniors: Analysis of the Users’ Preferences and Expectations on Personality and Appearance", European Conference on Ambient Intelligence 2015 (AmI-15), 11-13 November 2015 - Athens, Greece.
  • P. Andreou, D. Georgiadis, A. Pamboris, C. Christophorou, G. Samaras, “Towards a backend framework for supporting affective avatar-based interaction systems”, European Conference on Ambient Intelligence 2015 (AmI-15), 11-13 November 2015 - Athens, Greece.
  • M. Belk, D. Portugal, E. Christodoulou, G. Samaras, "CogniMouse: On Detecting Users' Task Completion Difficulty through Computer Mouse Interaction". In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Extended Abstracts (CHI EA'15), ACM Press, 1019-1024, South Korea, April 18-23, 2015.
  • S. Hanke , H. Meinedo, D. Portugal, M. Belk, J. Quintas, E. Christodoulou, M. Sili (2015) “CogniWin – A Virtual Assistance System for Older Adults at Work“. In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI International 2015), LNCS, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg (Accepted for publication)
  • J. Dias, L. Santos, P. Trindade "Assistive Robots for Elderly People", International RoMan Workshop on Interactive Robots (IRAIP2014), Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, August 25-29, 2014.
  • J. Lobo, P. Trindade, "Interactive Demonstration of InerTouchHand - iTH, a glove device with distributed inertial sensors and vibro-tactile feedback", in Proceedings of the 2st Experiment@ International Conference (’13), Exhibition session, September, 2013.
  • C. Christophorou, C. Tsiourti, E. Christodoulou, "ICT Services and Robotics: The Social Robot solution", RoMan Workshop on Interactive Robots for Ageing and Impaired People (IRAIP2014), held in conjunction with 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot And Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN 2014), Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, August 25-29, 2014.
  • L. Santos, E. Christodoulou, J. Dias, "The role of people identification in a social robot", RoMan 2014 Workshop on Interactive Robots for aging and/or impaired people, 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot And Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN 2014), Edinburgh, August 25, 2014.
  • L. Santos, D. Portugal, E. Christodolou, G. Samaras, P. Alvito, J. Dias, "Personalizable ICT-based Service Provision: The SocialRobot Solution", AmI 2014 International Workshop on Intelligent Environments Supporting Healthcare and Well-being (WISHWell'14), Eindhoven, The Netherlands, November 11, 2014
  • L. Santos, J. Dias, C. Chistophorou, E. Christodoulou, G. Samaras, "On the Development Strategy of an Architecture for eHealth Service Robots", International Conference e-Health 2014, 17 – 19 July, Lisbon, Portugal. (Best Paper Award).
  • C. Christophorou, P. Alvito, G. Samaras , J. M. Dias, E. Christodoulou, (2012), “SocialRobot: Elderly Home Care and Socialization”, People 2012 Programme Marie Curie – SCIENCE: Knowledge Research Innovation, PEOPLE CONFERENCE 2012, 5-6 November 2012, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus.
  • C. Christophorou, P. Alvito, P. Andreou, E. Christodoulou, J. M. Dias, G. Samaras , “SocialRobot: Elderly Home Care and Socialization”, AAL Forum 2012 Tomorrow is Sight: From Design to Delivery, 24 -27 September 2012, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
  • C. Christophorou, C. Tsiourti, P. Andreou, E. Christodoulou, S. George, R. Beumers and J. Dias, “SoCo-Net: Social Care Community Network”, Conference Proceedings of AAL SUMMIT 2012 Conference, June 2012, Spain.
  • R. Beumers , C. Tsiourti, P. Koster, I. Olalde , E. Christodoulou, C. Windgs, S. George, “Co-Living: Innovative end-user driven ICT platform for active social living”, AAL Forum 2012 Tomorrow is Sight: From Design to Delivery, 24 -27 September 2012, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
  • J. Quintas, Y. Charalambous, C. Tsiourti, E. Christodoulou, J. Dias, “Integration of an Automatic Indoor and Outdoor Activity Monitoring With a Social Network”, 8th World Congress on Active Ageing, 13 - 17 August 2012, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
  • E. Christodoulou, J. M. Dias, E. Theodoulidou-Polydorou, C. Tsiourti, G. Samaras (2010) "Virtual Mobile Elderly Living Communities Supporting Socialization and Independent living in an outward environment", Conference Proceedings of AAliance European Conference on Ambient Assisted Living, Malaga, 11-12, March 2010.
  • E. Christodoulou, C. Tsiourti , E. Theodoulidou-Polydorou, G. Samaras, Building Virtual Care Communities Supporting Elderly Socialization and Independent Living by Integrating Different Mobile Wireless ICT Based Services, Conference Proceedings of ISfTeH: Med-e-tel Conference, April 2010, Luxembourgh, pp. 391-395.

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