GASP - Guardian Angels for a Smarter Planet

Start: 01 May 2011
End: 30 April 2012
Funding: European
Status: Due
Division: Communication Systems, Communication Technologies
Department: Array and Multi-Sensor Processing (A&MSP), Machine to Machine Communications (M2M), Smart Energy Efficient Communication Technologies (SMARTECH)

The “Guardian Angels for a Smarter Life” (GA) FET Flagship will create energy-efficient, smart, electronic personal companions that will assist human beings from infancy to old age. These devices willbe intelligent, autonomous systems-of-systems featuring sensing beyond human capabilities, computation,and communication. The project goal is to develop environmentally-friendly, battery-free technologies forthese electronic personal assistants, so that they will harvest all the energy they need rather than requiring an external power source. The objectives of the project are divided into three interdependent categories: (i)scientific objectives centered on ultra-low power concepts, (ii) novel technology, material and device integration solutions, and (iii) visionary zero-power autonomous systems demonstrators.

The project uses a multidisciplinary approach to make disruptive scientific progress, which in turn leads to the advanced engineered applications which are the project’s measureable goals. The enablingtechnologies created in the GA project will substantially advance and expand innovation in Informationand Communication Technology and manifest  Europe’s leading position in nano and microelectronics.Many important European industry sectors such as healthcare, energy, environment, transportation, andsecurity will profit significantly from these technologies. Uniting 28 partners from 13 countries, the GA consortium is already cooperating closely with companies interested in future technologies and potentialproducts. The range of multidisciplinary research results will lead to the creation of new start-ups and hence of new jobs. As GA is truly a pan-European venture – from Ireland to Poland, from Finland to Italy- the funds as well as the future benefits are well-distributed all over Europe.

The GA flagship project will show the feasibility and functionality of devices in three pre-definedgenerations of demonstrators. The applications are based on the concept of a smarter life, e.g. a lifestyle that benefits from the instant availability of relevant information, more interconnectedness betweendevices fitted with all sorts of sensors, and intuitive usability: (I) Physical GA: These devices will monitor the physical and/or physiological status of individuals in sports, rehabilitation, health and daycare, with an awareness of the context of activity of these individuals. (II) Environmental GA: These devices will observe ambient conditions for environmental threats, and will be able to communicate witheach other to expand their information base. (III) Emotional GA: These devices will be able to perceiveemotional or affective conditions, and will provide helpful functions for the disabled, or could serve to build new generations of smart-driver assistants for automotive and airborne applications. Emotional GAsfeaturing high data security and enhanced personal control will certainly lead to novel societal paradigms that allow improved cognition, communication and prevention.

On an individual level, anyone could benefit from a personal assistant acting as a modern day Guardian Angel, focusing on prevention in health and on personal safety, with the goal of maintaining or improvinghis or her quality of life in a sustainable society. To achieve this, the GA consortium will work in closecooperation with different social stakeholders, interest groups and future users. Special attention will be paid to data security, and to environmentally friendly, energy-efficient and economically feasiblesolutions. Key issues that will be researched in parallel to the scientific challenges are user acceptance, ethical, legal and societal dimensions, and interface design.