Health and demographic change and the wellbeing of people is one of the societal challenges of our modern times.
With advanced Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), there are potentials to utilise technology to support active and healthy ageing, as well as provision of better access to healthcare services.
Research in the area of companion technology benefits from a dedicated Robot House with a range of activity sensors and robotic companions.
The Adaptive Systems research group has been involved in a large number of care and companion technology projects, with the most recent project ACCOMPANY, coordinated by Dr Amirabdollahian, focusing on different aspects of companion technology such as robot’s social interaction ability, its memory, its ability to detect activities and chores and ethical aspects of placing a robot as a human companion in a person’s home.
With the changing demographic and longer life-spans, as well as increasing number of obese people due to less active life-styles, conditions such as stroke are more prevalent.
Technological interventions can provide a means to augment current rehabilitation approaches towards more informed and more personalised interventions. This is possible due to ability of better sense physiological outcomes, while robots provide a good interaction medium for encouraging physical activities.
Rehabilitation process can benefit from technological empowerments to inform on the clinical outcomes, but also to provide a medium to provide feedback to patients. It is believed that active involvement of patients in own therapy can be beneficial to meeting rehabilitation targets and therefore the active feedback can be a critical contributor to recovery process.