EU project to create app aimed at social inclusion

MEMEX Project for migrants and poor people led by Italy

20 February, 14:30

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 20 - The EU-financed project "MEMEX: MEMories and EXperiences for inclusive digital storytelling" aims to use artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and smartphones to tell the stories of those at risk for marginalisation, such as communities of migrants and the poor.

    The Italian-led project, funded with four million euros across three years, will produce a smartphone app for social inclusion, with the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) and the participation of research centres, NGOs, and Italian and European companies.

    "We will have to join technological and scientific aspects in a harmonious way with those that are more social and related to cultural mediation," said Alessio Del Bue, project coordinator and leader of IIT's PAVIS research line.

    "The MEMEX technologies will be built by listening to the needs of those communities that feel the need to tell their story," Del Bue said.

    Photos, videos, maps, and information sheets about the places where the communities live will be the tools used to tell the stories of people at risk.

    The project includes developing a software programme for geo-localisation of people and objects, the integration of tools to manage the narrative structure of the stories, and the connection to information about the area's artistic and cultural heritage.

    An analysis of the social needs of the community of reference will accompany the project's technological development from the beginning to the end.

    In line with the social inclusion objectives of the Europe 2020 programme, the project includes initial tests in Paris, among residents at risk for poverty in the XIX district; in Barcelona, among women migrants; and in Lisbon, in communities that formed with the first migrations to Portugal.

    Other members of the IIT-led consortium include University of Venice Ca' Foscari, the Italian companies Ey and Eccom, the Swedish company Mapillary, the Portuguese companies Interactive Technologies Institute - LarsyS and Mapa da Ideias, as well as Michael Culture (Belgium), Dedalè (France), InterArts (Spain), and Noho (Ireland).(ANSAmed).

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