RoboSoteLab: Robotics and smart technology in social welfare and healthcare

The RoboSoteLab project promotes the possibilities of using robotics and smart technology and the co-creation operating model that supports the use of robotics in the social and healthcare sector.

The aim is to create capabilities and preconditions for the emergence of new technological solutions and to promote the introduction of new kinds of technology. The project enables companies to apply digital solutions and test the development phase in testing and experimentation environments corresponding to reality in the social and healthcare sector.

The project will design and implement a research, development, and innovation environment that utilizes robotics and related smart technology.

Project duration: 1.1.2024–31.12.2025

Purpose and Goals

Enhancing well-being: the project aims to improve people’s well-being by integrating technology into social and health care.

Cost management: by utilizing robotics and smart tech, the project seeks to curb the growth of social and health expenditures.

Addressing labor shortages: technology adoption becomes crucial given the aging population and labor shortages.

Home-based care: the focus is on supporting home-based care for the elderly, promoting independent living.

Project’s objective

The project is part of the Oulu Innovation Alliance (OIA) and OuluHealth collaboration. The partners of the Innovation Alliance include the City of Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Educational Consortium OSAO (VET), Natural Resources Institute Finland, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District, and Technopolis Oy.

The project is also part of the OYSTER – strengthening the digital health business development entity.

The OYSTER development entity consists of the following sub-projects:

1a) Advancement of business-oriented RDI activities & competence

1b) Robotics and smart technology in healthcare

2) Mobile Unit

3) Health & Life Science Incubator

The project aims to design and implement a regional co-development model utilizing robotics and related smart technology. The investment project intends to design and establish an RDI environment utilizing robotics and related smart technology.

The project is co-financed by the European Union, and funding is granted by the Council of Oulu Region. In connection with the OIA collaboration, the City of Oulu also participates in co-financing the project.

Oulu University of Applied Sciences is coordinating the project. Educational Consortium OSAO (VET) is participating in the project implementation.

Contact person

Tarja Rautio

Project manager Oulu University of Applied Sciences

Marjo-Riitta Finnilä
Administrative Project Manager

Source: OAMK and OSAO