Member of  University of Ljubljana: UL Faculty of Electrical Engineering

Code: V2-1916

Project: The impact of the fourth and fifth industrial revolution on the lives of people with disabilities

Period: 01.11.2019 – 31.10.2021

Range on year: FTE (SICRIS)

Head: prof. dr. Andrej Kos (SICRIS)

Research activities:Engineering sciences and technologies

Research organisations: Geodetic Institute of Slovenia, Faculty of Electrical Engineering (SICRIS)


Coordinator: Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana

Partner: Geodetic Institute of Slovenia


Slovenian Research Agency

Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities



Technologies that facilitate life and work for people with disabilities are in the process of constant development. Despite the existence of technological solutions, many people with disabilities still experience social differences, due to their limited opportunities for work, mobility and education. Development for people with disabilities requires adjustments to the types and categories of persons with disabilities, while these are not yet interdisciplinary and interdepartmentally defined. The new industrial revolutions will further increase social disparities. It is necessary to additionally or differently protect the ethical, legal and economic status of persons with disabilities.

The aim of the project is to record and evaluate the technologies of both new industrial revolutions and to find out how they can improve life at home and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The notions of a disabled person, disability, type and category of disability need to be redefined. It should be taken into consideration that persons with disabilities are not the only vulnerable group with special needs and that other vulnerable members of the population also need technical aids and other forms of health and social assistance. The project also aims to explore typical scenarios of living and work situations for people with disabilities that could be improved with the help of new technologies.