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.

Sheld-on, Indoor living space improvement: Smart Habitat for the Elderly,  is the cost action CA16226. This action will be a science and technology network where relevant actors from academic, research and industry sectors will utilise networking tools and activities to address the ageing population challenges facing Europe, helping to 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.

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

Management Committee
MC Chair Mr Francisco MELERO (ES)
MC Vice Chair Mr Michael BURNARD (SI)
Working Group Leaders
WG Leader Prof Jake KANER
WG Leader Dr Petre LAMESKI
WG Leader Dr Signe TOMSONE

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