HIT has been recently awarded with a new contract from the European Commission (Project Acronym: Ageing@work) with the aim to develop a platform of ICT tools, which on one hand, will help tailoring the workplace to the evolving needs and specificities of the ageing workers, both in terms of ergonomics and in terms of work processes and task assignments and on the other, will support the ageing worker’s active and healthy ageing at work and at home. To support workability, the platform will include physical and mental health support ICT tools, as well as telepresence and productivity enhancement tools, based on advanced AI, AR, VR and virtual assistant technologies, and with particular emphasis on flexible management of work, along with quality of life support.

The objectives of the project are:

  1. Enable extensive personalization capabilities to the Ageing@Work supportive approach
  2. Design a novel unobtrusive worker activity and behaviour monitoring framework, coupling work, on the move and home -based tracking elements
  3. Provide workers with personalized work ergonomics and process design services
  4. To research and develop a novel, joint productivity and life support virtual assistant
  5. To research and develop advanced personalized ICT-based workability and productivity enhancement tools based on Virtual and Augmented Reality, AI and Visual Analytics
  6. Co-design tools for managers and OSH specialists for improved age-friendly workforce managemen
  7. To demonstrate and evaluate the proposed, Ageing@Work framework in realistic conditions with older workers in two major pilot sites, focusing on industrial and mining environments.
  8. To define evidence-based business and financing models along with a business plan for the post-project sustainable exploitation of the Ageing@Work framework.

HIT will mainly contribute to the design of the personal work orchestration Decision Support System (DSS) that will provide the ageing worker with recommendations on when, from where and how to work in the upcoming period and will also participate in the design of the Ageing@Work virtual coach and age-friendly workability enhancement tools. HIT will also be involved in the Ageing@Work event planning and administrative management.

Ageing@Work is an international partnership of twelve partners from seven countries, including the following partners:

  1. Centre for Research and Technology Hellas - CERTH (Greece),
  2. Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) (Spain)
  3. SIEMENS AG (SAG) (Germany)
  4. MYSPHERA SL (Spain)
  5. University of Patras (Greece)
  6. Centralny Instytut Ochrony Pracy – Państwowy Instytut Badawczy - CIOP-PIB (Poland)
  7. Institute for occupational medicine, safety and ergonomics - ASER (Germany)
  8. KU Leuven (Belgium)
  10. Asociación Nacional de Empresarios Fabricantes de Áridos – ANEFA (Spain)
  11. MultiMed Engineers srls (Italy)
  12. HIT HYPERTECH Innovations LTD (Cyprus)

Project website: https://ageingatwork-project.eu/