Friday, April 17, 2015

3rd meeting of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA): Focus on freedom of expression

The European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services held its third meeting on 14 April 2015, in Paris.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Effectiveness of self- and co-regulation in the context of implementing the AVMS Directive — SMART 2014/0054

The subject matter of the contract is to review existing self-regulation approaches in areas coordinated by the Audiovisual Media Services Directive in a range of EU Member States.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

GrowMeUp project: an innovative service robot for ambient assisted living environments

The main objective of the EU-funded project called "GrowMeUp" is to develop and test an innovative robot (the GrowMu robot), which will support the needs of older people (65+) in their daily life activities. Eight companies and research organizations from five European countries, led by the University of Coimbra (Portugal) will cooperate towards the development of the GrowMeUp system and test it with real users from two European countries (the Netherlands and Portugal).


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Policies for Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics: one day briefing and workshop

This event is aimed at policy-makers, influencers and stakeholders interested in state-of-the-art in learning analytics and educational data mining. As massive interest in measuring learning impact arises, it is more than just about ICT in education techniques - all the wider context such as innovative technologies and data policies will be tackled as well. The organiser - project LACE - is part of DG CONNECT's FP7 research portfolio.


SENYO: digital signage solutions on the market

Scenyo is the commercial brand of IDI EIKON that aims at the commercialization of digital signage solutions. SCENYO was widely validated in Europe (Latvia, Cyprus, Spain, Croatia, Romania) in the framework of the European Commission co-funded project SEED: Speeding Every European Digital.


New project to address the challenges of dementia with use of service robots

The recently launched MARIO project is to address the difficult challenges of loneliness, isolation and dementia in older persons through innovative and multi-faceted inventions delivered by service robots. It is funded by the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It assembles a team of international experts from academia, industry and dementia groups to work collaboratively in tackling the burdens imposed by dementia and developing innovative solutions using caring robots.


Robotic glove to help stroke survivors

Both Reuters and the BBC reported on SCRIPT. This EU-funded project developed a robotic glove designed to help stroke sufferers regain movement in their hands and rebuild their muscles.


President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia to participate in eHealth Week 2015 opening

Estonian President Ilves will be in Riga on 11 May to participate in the opening of the international conference eHealth Week 2015. Commenting on the state of eHealth in Europe, President Ilves said that healthcare in Europe is lagging ten years behind when compared to other industries in implementing IT-solutions.


HEARTEN will warn patients when they risk heart failure

A new EU-funded project will monitor breath, saliva and other symptoms of heart failure (HF) and send smartphone alerts to HF patients every time they find themselves in a critical situation.


Home-based treatment of autism

Much can still be done to improve autism treatment, besides finding a cure. The MICHELANGELO project, which ended in March, has developed a set of technologies for personalised, home-based behaviour monitoring and treatment of patients.


Study on defining a new framework for the monitoring of AVMSD advertising rules in the Member States - SMART 2014/0052

The subject matter of the contract is to identify criteria (including economic impact, policy relevance, infringement risks, etc.) in view of selecting the topics/rules on audiovisual commercial communications which would require monitoring under the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD).