Showcasing research to promote active ageing: from Rehabilitation robots to Assistive technologies and beyond

The University of Hertfordshire, with support from KT-Equal, is organising a workshop on technologies to support active ageing as detailed below:

Showcasing research to promote active ageing: from Rehabilitation Robots to Assistive Technologies and beyond

What will event be about?
The event will celebrate the European Year for Active Ageing 2012 by showcasing our research which aims to promote independence, despite challenges of living with long-term conditions and age-related disability. The event will raise awareness around “Active Ageing” particularly in the area of “Independence” in line with the themes of the European Year for Active Ageing 2012.

Independent living: Our health declines as we grow old, but a lot can be done to cope with this decline and quite small changes in our environment can make a big difference to people suffering from various health impairments and disabilities. Active ageing also means empowering us as we age, so that we can remain in charge of our own lives as long as possible.

We will showcase our current research across a number of projects in which the University is involved, for example in the areas of Rehabilitation Robotics, Assistive Technologies, and Smart homes.

We will use this opportunity to engage with stakeholders, highlighting areas where our research activity could benefit from innovation.
From the workshop a web article will be published summarising the discussions that took place to be shared with larger interest groups using social and public media to provide a further means for disseminating & debating future policy on guidelines for innovation and independent living.

Who should attend?
We would be delighted if researchers in AAL and Assistive technologies, local business, care services (formal and informal carers), older people and their advocates and governmental bodies are able to attend and contribute to this debate.

The workshop will take place on the 19th October between 9.30am – 3.30pm at Ramada Hatfield Hotel. Places are limited, so early booking is advised.

Registration is by clicking the register word here or via the KT-Equal website

If you have queries you can get further information by email to Sinead Gorham ( phone: 01707281040)

Prof Burridge’s talk on Barriers and Facilitators to using Assistive Technologies

As part of our ALIAS (Artificial Life, Intelligence and Adaptive Systems) talks, Prof Jane Burridge from Southampton University gave a talk about the finding of a recent NIHR research programme, ATRAS, in which we investigated the barriers and facilitators to using Assistive Technologies in upper limb stroke rehabilitation.

The project conducted a survey of the views of healthcare professionals (HCP),
patients and carers, starting from a 2-day interactive exhibition of
over 27 different commercially available technologies currently used
in upper limb stroke rehabilitation attended by over 200 patients,
carers and HCPs. Output from a series of focus groups was then used to
develop questionnaires that enabled the views of the focus groups to
be tested in wider population. The key findings of the work identified
a ‘system failure’ and lack of access to information and training as
being key reasons why technologies have failed to translate from
research to clinical use. Both HCPs and patients want to use
technologies at home and for activities of daily living rather than
exercises. HCPs considered that patients lacked confidence to use
technologies without support, but patients tended to disagree!

Prof Burridge’s Presentation

Invited talk at BioRob2012 workshop on “Neurorehabilitation networks: Combining global efforts”

I was invited to give a talk at the BioRob2012 workshop on “Neurorehabilitation Networks: Combining global efforts” which was organised by the ICoRR society and COST European Network on Robotics for Neurorehabilitaiton. Further information about the workshop and my slides highlighting the opportunities and challenges in SCRIPT project is available here.

New EC-Funded SCRIPT Project started on 1st of November 2011

SCRIPT (Supervised Care & Rehabilitation Involving Personal Tele-Robotics) project was successfully negotiated and started on 1st of November 2011. This is a project which will run for 36 months and focuses on stroke rehabilitation of the hand and wrist using a robotic device for home therapy. The following partners are involved:

Here you can find a quick summary of the project:

Here you can see the project website:

And at the bottom of this page you can RSS feed from SCRIPT project where project news and announcements are shared.