Call for therapists (December 2020 - January 2021):
I am organising virtual interviews with therapists to gain a deeper understanding of rehabilitation practices for individuals with dementia and related cognitive conditions (stroke, TBI, etc.). The interviews will inform the design of a robotic system to be used as a tool by therapists to provide supplemental rehabilitation when they cannot be present. Please see the information sheet for more details.
More information can be found here.
If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My research focuses on using socially assistive robots (SAR) to aid in the facilitation of cognitive rehabilitation for individuals with cognitive impairment due to age-related cognitive decline.
To initiate this research, we developed a socially assistive robot-facilitated memory game with the aim of informing the design of a cognitive rehabilitation system for our target population. The game utilises the tactile sensors on the robot and also employs haptic feedback (via the pictured wearable device) as well as auditory feedback. You can click here to see a demonstration of the game.
Currently, we are focusing on making improvements to the system based on feedback from the nine young adults who participated in our feasibility study. The next step will be to test the improved memory game with older adults without age-related cognitive impairment. This study will assess the game with two different socially assistive robots, Pepper and Nao, to determine if there is a preference for one over the other.
The final stage of this work will be to finalise the system and introduce it to individuals with age-related cognitive decline. After this series of studies, I will go on to design and develop a cognitive rehabilitation system in conjunction with health professionals and older adults.
Start: September 2019
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