I presented at the Caring for the future conference 2013 organised by the Accord Group

I was invited to present the Accompany project to the conference audience at the “Caring for the future conference, 2013” in Birmingham MAC centre.

There were three excellent keynotes given by

  • Prof John Glasby (Professor of Health and Social Care and Director of Health Services Management Centre at Birmingham University);
  • Graham Randles Managing director of the New Economics Foundation (NEF)
  • & Domini Gunn-Peim, Director of Health and Well-Being at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)

This was an excellent opportunity to learn more about social return on investment in healthcare and present the Accompany project to different stakeholder groups.

Thanks to the Accord Group for their invite and excellent organisation.


Our paper received best paper award at HSI2013

I am just back from the HSI2013, the 6th International Conference on Human System Interaction, where our paper received the Best Paper Award in the area of “Technologies Enhancing well-being for older people”. This was a joint paper with the Accompany consortia (http://accompanyproject.eu). Well done to all co-authors.

The paper will be shortly listed on IEEE Xplore but here is the bibliographical entry:

Amirabdollahian, F. et al., “Accompany: Acceptable robotiCs COMPanions for AgeiNg Years – Multidimensional Aspects of Human-System Interactions”, 6th International IEEE Conference on Human System Interaction, Sopot, Poland, 06-08 June 2013.

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)

New EC-Funded Project ACCOMPANY started on 1st of October 2011

Out new project, ACCOMPANY (Acceptable robotiCs COMPanions for AgeiNg Years) has successfully completed negotiation with the European Commission and officially started on 1st of October 2011. The project partners include:

Here you can find a short description of the project: http://homepages.stca.herts.ac.uk/~fa08aap/wordpress/?page_id=9

Here is the link to the site: http://accompanyproject.eu

And at the bottom of this page you can read RSS news feed from the ACCOMPANY project website.