Deus ex Machina (DeM)
Symbiotic technology for societal efficiency gains – Deus Ex Machina (DeM), is a project financed with almost 3 million euros by the N2020 of which near 220 thousand euros are assigned to CINTESIS as participant. The name of the project evokes the ancient Greek theater where an apparently unresolved problem was overtaken by a new element on the scene, Deus ex Machina.
At present, society is also faced with difficult challenges such as the inadequate use of resources and ageing. In order to solve those problems, the project established two lines of investigation: the EIT CC, ‘Eyes of the Internet of Things’ Competence Center, and the C3, ‘Companion’ Competence Center. CINTESIS research contribution to the project is embedded in the second line which is led by José Silva Cardoso, principal investigator of the CardioCare Group of this R&D Unit.
When thought of at a distance, many of today’s societal challenges stem from waste, inadequate use of resources, lack of integrated solutions and effort replication. In addition already until 2030 the population of the world will likely grow to an amount of 8.5bn people (+1.2bn vs. 2015), rising to 9.7bn in 2050 and 11.2bn in 2100 according to the actual United Nations predictions1. All of this is leading not only to citizens being unable to maintain their living standards, but most importantly, to what some academics call defuturing. Facing this challenge, societies demand more from less for more, seemingly unsolvable, but which appears to be the point in ancient Greek drama, when such an impenetrable problem is suddenly disentangled by a new element coming onto the play: the ‘Deus ex Machina’.
Societies are striving for these new elements towards efficiency gains mediated by a symbiotic relationship of humans with technology. We need elements such as these, which are able to deal with complex problems and, at the same time, be transparent to the users, as ‘companions’ who assist in difficult, unknown or just prosaic tasks.
We have devised a robust proposal to begin tackling these challenges in specific target domains. It consists of two research lines, being one built on top of the other. The first one will research and create building blocks, from tangible to intangible elements, while the second will put these building blocks at the service of pressing societal needs in European and African countries, as described below.
EIT CC, ‘Eyes of the Internet of Things’ Competence Centre
This research line will concentrate on understanding the environment, the user, their context and actions, with the purpose to provide building blocks to all target domains in the other research line (C3). Four layers build the EIT CC:
- Sensing and actuating
- Local information fusion
- Remote information fusion and big data analytics in the cloud
- Networks for ICT4D.
C3, ‘Companion’ Competence Centre
Using the tools emerging from EIT CC, the Companion Competence Centre (C3)will study relevant societal challenges within scientific domains in relation to humans, in order to design ‘companions’, which are non-intrusive, assistive tools for everyday life in the domains below:
- Mind and behaviour
- Health and wellbeing
- Activity monitoring
- Community tools and social inclusion
2 992 000,00 €
222 526,12 €