EU SCRIPT Project passes first year review

Robots to help rehabilitation for stroke patients at home

The EU SCRIPT Project (Supervised Care and Rehabilitation Involving Personal Tele-Robotics) coordinated by Farshid Amirabdollahian who is also Principal Investigator, passed its first year review with flying colours.

Recent developments in robot-mediated rehabilitation has shown growing evidence of robotic devices for delivering repetitive training beneficial to patient's recovery of functional and motor outcome during acute and chronic phases of stroke rehabilitation.

In year 1 the project delivered the first prototype system, allowing stroke patients to play 3 games for wrist and hand rehabilitation at home. Year 1 of the project encompassed the formative evaluation cycle, which provided a user-centred design approach during shaping of the first prototype system. This included the hand and wrist orthosis and different software components such as patient user interface and health care professionals’ user interface. Stakeholders involved in these formative cycles included patients, family carers and therapists via a number of focus groups across UK, Netherlands and Italy.  Furthermore, prototypes underwent usability and home-based testing.

The resultant system adapts the exercise to the individuals’ needs, i.e. in form of speed and range of motion available and allows the therapist to remotely monitor the activity through a web portal. Games are specifically designed to link the exercise with their therapeutic benefits, i.e. increasing range of motion or speed in achieving different gestures such as grasping or flexion and extension of the wrist.

Call for Participation "International Summer School on Social Human-Robot Interaction"

Call for Participation "International Summer School on Social Human-Robot Interaction"  26 – 30 August 2013, Cambridge, organised by Prof Tony Belpaeme (Plymouth University), Dr Yiannis Demiris (Imperial College), Prof Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire), Dr Farshid Amirabdollahian (University of Hertfordshire).

The International Summer School on Social Human-Robot Interaction welcomes PhD students and early career researchers for an a wide-ranging programme of lectures, discussions and hands-on ateliers on topics such as social signal processing, robotics and autism, child-robot interaction, multi-modal communication, natural language interaction, smart environments, robot assisted therapy, interaction design for robots, tools and technologies, and ethics.

Interested students need to apply to the summer school via the online application process. Applications are accepted until 30 April 2013. There are a limited number of scholarships available which cover participation and accommodation fees. Full fees are available to non-European participants, while European participants can apply for reduced fees. 
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KASPAR, CHARLY and Sunflower at Hobletts Manor School

KASPAR, CHARLY and Sunflower made an appearance at Hobletts Manor School to give the children an opportunity to look at and play with some of our robots. The event took place on the 11th of March and may inspire the next generation of roboticists!

KASPAR at National Autistic Society conference in Harrogate

Kaspar was demonstrated by Dr. Ben Robins and Luke Wood during a two-day exhibition at the National Autistic Society conference on the 5th and 6th of March 2013.

Dr Ben Robins also presented the work with Kaspar and children with autism in two lunch-time seminars at this conference.

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