FI-STAR (Future Internet: Social and Technological Alignment Research)

01/04/2013 - 30/09/2015

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New ideas are on the way to make healthcare more accurate, more affordable and matching the needs of our changing societies. Demographic changes, progress in technology and in medicine offer options to caregivers and patients, which were unthinkable 20 years ago.

This is what Fi-Star is about and it stands for Social-Technological Alignment Research.

FI-STAR is a Future Internet project aiming at trialling technology in live environments and testing in real world healthcare, wellness and ambient assisted living situations with people as they grow older.

FI-STAR is on a quest to find applications, which could revolutionize the way healthcare is delivered by professionals and informal carers. These new technologies are set to increase the degree of freedom and independence for patients who self-care, especially in remote and rural areas.

Across Europe in hospitals, communities, universities, companies and care homes there is a wealth of technologies being created that we are seeking to test, trial and promote.

So far seven scenarios are live across Europe and in this blog we will report on what is happening at these sites in Spain, Germany, Italy, Romania, UK, Norway and Poland over the upcoming 2 years to see what ideas are being created, investigated and how visions will become reality as we produce services that  enhance people’s health as they progress in years.

FI-STAR will establish early trials in the Health Care domain building on Future Internet (FI) technology leveraging on the outcomes of FI-PPP Phase 1. 

It will become self-sufficient after the end of the project and will continue on a sustainable business model by several partners. In order to meet the requirements of a global Health industry FI-STAR will use a fundamentally different, “reverse” cloud approach that is. 

It will bring the software to the data, rather than bringing the data to the software. FI-STAR will create a robust framework based of the “software to data” paradigm. 

A sustainable value chain following the life cycle of the Generic Enablers (GEs) will enable FI-STAR to grow beyond the lifetime of the project. FI-STAR will build a vertical community in order to create a sustainable ecosystem for all user groups in the global Health care and adjacent markets based on FI-PPP specifications. 

FI-STAR will deploy and execute 7 early trials across Europe, serving more than 4 million people. Through the trials FI-STAR will validate the FI-PPP core platform concept by using GEs to build its framework and will introduce ultra-light interactive applications for user functionality. 

It will pro-actively engage with the FI-PPP to propose specifications and standards.FI-STAR will use the latest digital media technology for community building and will proactively prepare for Phase 3 through targeted elicitation of new partners using open calls. 

Finally, FI-STAR will collaborate with other FI-PPP projects, through the mechanisms in place, by actively interacting with all necessary bodies. FI-STAR is a unique opportunity for implementing Future Internet Private-Public Partnership in the Health Care domain, by offering to the community standardised and certified software including a safe, secure and resilient platform, taking advantage of all Cloud Computing benefits and guaranteeing the protection of sensitive and personal data travelling in Public Clouds.

FI-STAR (Future Internet: Social and Technological Alignment Research) is a EU Framework Programmes project funded by European Commission. Carried out in collaboration with and others. For further information please refer to
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Areas of Expertise link icon

  • eHealth
    The way healthcare is delivered changes rapidly. The reasons are demographic and societal changes, austerity and rapid progressive technologies. Care models are shifting from specialist oriented hospital based to distributed, patient centred care.
  • Interaction Design
    Interaction Design is concerned with the design of interactive objects and spaces and with the delivery of high quality user experiences (UX). For example, expressive interaction describes the range of new forms of human-computer interaction that are made available through technologies based on...
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Project Team

David Benyon
+44 131 455 2736
Elias Ekonomou
+44 131 455 2789
Dr Ai Keow Lim Jumelle
(not currently an institute member)
Christoph Thuemmler
+44 131 455 2758
John Brogan
(not currently an institute member)
Mr Ivo Holanec
(not currently an institute member)
Oli Mival
Principal Research Fellow
+44 131 455 2761

Associated Publications

Brogan, J., Thuemmler, C., Mival, O., Fricker, S. (2014). IoT for a Shock Warning System. IEEE Internet of Things Journal, , (), .

Mival, O., Benyon, D. (2014). User Experience (UX) Design for Medical Personnel and Patients. In: Fricker, S., Thuemmler, C. (Eds.) Requirements Engineering for Digital Health and Care, , () ( ed.). (pp. ). : . Springer.

Thuemmler, C., Mival, O., Benyon, D., Buchanan, W., Paulin, A., Barros, M. (2013). Norms and Standards in Modular Medical Architectures. In: (Ed.) 2013 IEEE 15th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Applications and Services (Healthcom) (IEEE Healthcom 2013), , () ( ed.). (pp. 382 - 387). Lisbon, Portugal: . .

Thuemmler, C., Mival, O., Benyon, D., Buchanan, W. (2013). Norms and standards in modular medical architectures. In: (Ed.) Proceedings IEEE 15th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Applications & Services, , () ( ed.). (pp. ). : . .

Keywords: cloud computing