We are very sad to inform you that our Project Coordinator Silvia Coradeschi passed away on February 5th 2014, after a long time of illness. It is a great loss to us all and our warmest thoughts go to Silvia's family.
Silvia Coradeschi (Photo: Private)
Silvia Coradeschi, born in 1968 in Arezzo, Italy, was a Professor in Information Technology at Örebro University, Sweden. Her scientific background was in the integration of artificial intelligence in robotic and ambient intelligent systems. Her research has been applied to a number of application areas, including the area of elder care and promotion of longer independent living through ambient intelligence. She was actively involved in Robotdalen, Sweden’s largest innovation-inrobotics effort, as well as Novamedtech, a regional development fund to promote commercialization of research results in distributed healthcare. On the international level, Silvia organized RoboCup'99 in Stockholm, was member of the operative board of RoboCup foundation, Vice-President of European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence, and General Chair of the 17th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 06 – largest AI conference in Europe). She was the main responsible and coordinator of ExCITE (AAL Call2) aiming at enhancing mediated interaction of old users at home through a teleoperated robot. Silvia was also coordinator for the GiraffPlus-project (FP7) aiming at developing a system that addresses the challenges of early detection of health changes and adaptive support to changing individual needs related to aging. In this area, she also co-chaired two international workshops on Social Robotic Telepresence.
Silvia will be greatly missed by the entire GiraffPlus consortium.
Amy Loutfi has replaced Silvia as coordinator of the GiraffPlus project.