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The Centre of Research Excellence for Advanced Cooperative Systems (ACROSS) is an interdepartmental research centre at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. The centre performs research in cooperative systems related to robotics, networked embedded systems and renewable energy systems. Its establishment and operation is funded by the European FP-7 Capacities "Research Potential" program [285939, FP7-REGPOT-2011-1].

Published: 2014-09-16 at 20:24
Research seminar "Robotic Help...

The Centre of Research Excellence for Advanced Cooperative Systems (ACROSS) invites you to the research seminar

"Robotic Help for Supporting Older People to Stay Longer Independent at Home"

held by Prof. Markus Vincze, Vienna University of Technology, Austria.

The seminar will take place on Thursday, September 11th, 2014, starting at 13:00 in Grand Hotel Park, Dubrovnik.

More about the speaker and the seminar can be found in the detailed news content.


A fall of older people is the main reason to make the move into professional care necessary. Hence, a robot that could help to reduce risks of falling will enable older adults to stay longer independent at home. We developed a robot that provides fall prevention and fall detection. Measure of fall prevention are to pick up anything from the floor, report narrow passages, and help carry objects in the home. Fall detection is executed regularly to make sure that people are detected as soon as possible. First studies indicate that such help is welcome by target users. The development of the robot for user trials at home is presented.



Markus Vincze received his diploma in mechanical engineering from Technical University Wien (TUW) in 1988 and a M.Sc. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA, 1990. He finished his PhD at TUW in 1993, with a grant from the Austrian Academy of Sciences he worked at HelpMate Robotics Inc. and at the Vision Laboratory of Gregory Hager at Yale University. In 2004, he obtained his habilitation in robotics. Presently he leads a group of researchers in the “Vision for Robotics” laboratory at TUW. With Gregory Hager he edited a book on Robust Vision for IEEE and is (co-)author of over 250 papers. Markus’ special interests are computer vision techniques for robotics solutions situated in real-world environments and especially homes.

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ACROSS project has received research funding from the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (Grant Agreement No. 285939 FP7-REGPOT-2011-1).


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