General information of the sheld-on COST Action CA16226

Indoor living space improvement: Smart Habitat for the Elderly

Sheld-on is a multidisciplinary network supported by the COST Association to support the development of solutions that allow older persons to live safely, comfortably, and healthily at home through integrating design, ICT, ergonomics and health knowledge into furniture and building design.
The action is needed to address a rapidly growing population of older adults. By 2050, the number of people in the EU aged 65 and above is expected to grow by 70% and the number of people aged over 80, by 170%, which will increase demand and costs for healthcare. Improving accessibility, functionality, and safety at home, at work and in society in general requires combining many disciplines together to develop solutions that integrate ICT, ergonomics, healthcare (psychological and physical), building and community design.
Integrating ICT solutions into habitats, along with improved building design, will allow us to live at home and stay active and productive for longer despite cognitive or physical impediments.
Sheld-on includes relevant actors from academic, research and industry sectors that may utilise networking tools and activities to address the ageing population challenges facing
Europe. The network will reduce redundancy in RDI efforts, ensure solutions are developed with a broader set of expertise, and help refine the efforts of diverse group of researchers.

About COST
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Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.
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Chair of the Action:
Mr Francisco MELERO (ES)
Vice Chair of the Action:
Mr Michael BURNARD (SI)
Science officer of the Action:
Dr Karina MARCUS
Administrative officer of the Action:
Ms Olga GORCZYCA

Working Group Leaders
WG1 Leader Prof Jake KANER (UK)
WG2 Leader Dr Petre LAMESKI (MK)
WG3 Leader Dr Signe TOMSONE (LT)
WG4 Leader Dr Rafael MAESTRE (ES)

Science Communication Manager
Dr Ciprian DOBRE (RO)

Grant Holder
The Technical Research Centre of Furniture and Wood of the Region of Murcia (ES)

Management Committee
MC Chair Mr Francisco MELERO (ES)
MC Vice Chair Mr Michael BURNARD (SI)
Working Group Leaders
WG1 Leader Prof Jake KANER (UK)
WG2 Leader Dr Petre LAMESKI (MK)
WG3 Leader Dr Signe TOMSONE (LT)
WG4 Leader Dr Rafael MAESTRE (ES)
Science Communication Manager Dr Ciprian DOBRE (RO)
Grant Holder: The Technical Research Centre of Furniture and Wood of the Region of Murcia (ES)

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