Facing the challenges of ageing societies in Finland and in Japan, there exist areas of opportunity, where technological and social-economic innovation can enhance the quality of life for older people, mitigate the economic problems of an ageing population and create new economic and business opportunities.
In METESE, VTT and AIST will develop an integrated model for the elderly (home)care. In the core of the project are human-centred design methods, which are utilized for developing meaningful ICT-supported service solutions that increase the quality of life of the elderly. The mutual aim is to support active aging with technologies that bring safety, comfort and joy to the elderly, and enable living at home as long as possible.
The METESE project consists of two parallel sub-projects: VTT-AIST research collaboration and VTT research and development collaboration with Finnish partner organizations. Both sub-projects work toward the same goal: advancing co-design and adoption of new ICT and robotic applications in the elderly care service system. The ICT and robotic applications are targeted to increase elderly users' quality of life as well as decrease the burden of care personnel. The ICT applications are developed by AIST and the Finnish companies. VTT and Probot co-develop a robotic assistive application.
The Finnish part of the research is funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes), VTT and Finnish companies. The Japanese part of the research is funded by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).