We are back from INRS2013 where we presented SCRIPT project

We are just back from INRS2013 (www.inrs2013.com). Four exciting days:
First we took part in a workshop organised by COST TD1006, European network on Robotics for Neurorehabilitation. We took part in Work Group 2 activities related to quality of movement (smoothness, error, accuracy, interlimb coordination and so on).
Day two we contributed into discussions during multiple workshops, namely discussions on Armeo Spring and Manovo Spring organised by Hocoma, and the workshop organised by Tyromotion with the full range of products and their use. Also, workshop about GLOREHA design and development (glove for rehabilitation at home and clinics) was exciting.
We also organised a workshop session regarding SCRIPT project and its progress, which resulted in many good questions and discussions.
Days 3 and 4 focused on multiple exciting keynotes followed by themed sessions. SCRIPT project was presented as a podium presentation, summarising the findings of the project so far.
Discussions continued over the coffee breaks and dinner, so 4 excellent days were dedicated to rehabilitation and robotics.
Well done INRS2013 and COST TD1006. Thank you SCRIPT consortium specifically Angelo Basteris, Nasrin Nasr, Jaap Buurke, Sharon Nijenhuis and Gerdienke Prange.

My talk: Robots for rehabilitation, assistance and assessment at HRI Summer School, Cambridge, UK

I am back with very good memories from the HRI summer school, many good talks, excellent keynote speech and very good activities (http://www.hrisummerschool.org).

I really enjoyed the interaction with other HRI researchers, the poster sessions and the after-hours.

Here are my slides, from my talk on “Robots for rehabilitation, assistance and assessment”.


Vice Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Research

Good news, I won the VC’s Award for “Excellence in Research” on Friday. It was a very humbling experience as a series of quotes obtained from my peers were read out during the award ceremony, extremely touching and inspiring. It was followed by a staff garden party and then a smaller party which made the event memorable for years to come.

I will share some photos of the award ceremony soon.


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.