Project name: Socially Pertinent Robots in Gerontological Healthcare
ID code: 871245
Website: www.spring-h2020.eu
Supported by: European Union, Horizon 2020
Programme: H2020-ICT-2019-2
Project duration: 1/2020 – 12/2023
Budget: Total budget: 8 360 385 €
EU support: 8 360 385 €
Support for CIIRC CTU: 704 023,75 €
Principal  investigator at CIIRC: doc. Tomáš Pajdla
Project Coordinator: Institut national de recherche eninformatique et automatique, France
Project Partners: Universita Degli Studi Di Trento, Italy
Czech Technical University in Prague, Czechia
Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
Bar Ilan University, Israel
Erm Automatismes Industriels, France
Pal Robotics Sl, Spain
Assistance Publique Hopitaux De Paris, France


The development of robotics results in great benefits for a wide range of daily needs. As a consequence, the use of technologically advanced robots today is a reality, although of limited use. Today’s robots lack significant characteristics that would allow them to participate in multi-party situated conversations. The EU-funded SPRING project will design and develop a technology that addresses this specific demand. It will work on the robot’s perception capabilities that are key for reliable performance and on taking the appropriate actions regarding the ongoing social interplay. The project will validate the technology in a day-care hospital for the elderly testing the robot’s performance in providing meaningful social interactions to these people in between medical appointments.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 871245.