Innovative Societies and Robots: The Future of Welfare Technology

Welfare technologies are becoming more and more present in peoples’ lives, especially those who need more assistance and their families. Safety-alarms (“trygghetsalarm”), smart door locks, GPS systems for persons with dementia, are some of the services offered by municipalities in Norway and in other countries. Social robots is the next big thing. These “companions” can help keeping a person safe, communicating with family and friends, help with everyday life and even take part in training and other activities.

Picture of kids meeting a robot.

Relevant competence:

Nursing, health sciences, medicine, movement science, health informatics, computing science, engineering, psychology, arts, architecture, politics, law, etc.

About the village:

Smarter houses and social robots will change the way we live today. At this moment the technology is hitting the market. Governments feel the pressure of taking quick action to face the challenges brought by ageing populations (“eldrebølgen”). Not enough human resources exist to take care of the elderly. Advanced and innovative solutions from the Welfare Technology area can provide some help to solve this problem.

It is now that the best ideas are taking shape. The top of the wave were innovative minds can make a difference. This Village will provide strategies, designs and prototypes of the solutions to come. Interaction with ongoing research will give inspiration to help the ones to choose this Village to build a showcase of the future of Welfare Technology.

Course code: MFEL4853
Village: Innovative Societies and Robots: The Future of Wefare Technology
Type: Intensive
Language: English
Village supervisor: Arthur Serrano
Semester: Spring 2018

Important information about EiT:

  • The focus on teamwork skills and group processes is the unique feature of Experts in Teamwork (EiT).
  • EiT's teaching methods depend on the contribution and presence of every participant throughout the semester. For this reason, attendance is compulsory on every village day.
  • In contrast to many courses, the first few days are especially important in EiT. During this period, the team members get to know each other and discuss what each individual can contribute. You will also draw up the compulsory cooperation agreement and start preparing a shared research question.
  • For additional information about Experts in Teamwork, see the page for students.