Research Seminar 11/7/16: Experiences from Introducing a Robot into a Geriatric Long Term Care Environment

SoCS Research Seminar

Caregiver 4.0 – Experiences from Introducing a Robot into a Geriatric Long Term Care Environment

 

Time: Monday, 11/7/16, 2pm

Place: MC0020

Abstract

henry-at-aafIn my talk, I would like to give an overview of our scientific work that we conduct within the STRANDS-project, where the School of Computer Science of the University of Lincoln is also part of.

Due to demographic changes that lead to an ageing society, a shortage of care provision is anticipated. As a probable solution technical aids for enhancing independent living of older adults and for supporting staff in the elder care sector are proposed. But technical aids often lack required autonomy and were so far primarily tested in lab situations. Thus, the STRANDS –project came to live with the aim to develop a long-term autonomous learning robotic system that can be actually deployed in elder care and in other work environments under “real-world conditions” over longer periods of time.

Besides the technical challenges associated with such an endeavour, different questions were raised:  What does staff in the elder care sector require from a robotic aid? In what areas could we deploy our STRANDS-robot in real world conditions? How would older adults and care staff experience interacting or working with the robot? What ethical guidelines have to be met when introducing a robotic aid in such an environment? And what could the future with such robotic aids look like in elder care? Questions that will be addressed in this presentation.

 

Biography

Denise Hebesberger
Denise Hebesberger, AAF, Vienna

Denise Hebesberger studied Biology (grad. 2013) and Educational Science (grad. 2012) at the University of Vienna. After graduation and working in different fields of science, she joined the Academy for Research on Ageing as a project manager in 2014. The Academy is social science partner within different EU-wide research consortia that develop technical aids and assistive systems for older adults or for the care sector and study their impact in terms of social acceptance and human-robot interaction on end users. She is responsible for establishing theoretical frameworks, evaluation designs and data analysis (mixed methods designs & structural equation modelling), as well as dissemination of research results and scientific publications.

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The day was a great success, with Lincoln College especially happy with the sessions that fitted nicely with their curriculum.

From computing to physics, life sciences, biochemistry and pharmacy, the day took students into science labs, game playing and theoretical presentations.

Computer game students got to test out the latest ultimate game development platform ‘Unity’.

Trying out the system allowed students to see how games are put together, how we support our students in developing this skill and how to put it into practice to make their own game.

The sessions on a masterclass day really aim to reflect what a real lecture would entail in Higher Education.

Students were encouraged to get involved, ask questions and really get a feel of the courses available and university lectures in general.

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A group of international MSc Computer Science students receive an all-paid trip to London to end the programme year on a high.

The social trip aims to help our international students feel at home and included in the British culture.

Check out their photos from their sightseeing of Westminster’s Big Ben and London Eye, Emirates Stadium, and Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge.

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MSc Computer Science lecturer Bashir Al-Diri hopes that it will encourage other international students to visit and apply to the University of Lincoln.

“All of our MSc Computer Science students are international students and I thought that a trip after completing their programme modules will be a good way refresh to their minds.”

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Senior Lecturer Bruce Hargrave said: “The event was a huge success. We had some great student projects on show throughout the day including postgraduate research, presentations and demo’s and it was great to see some local industry leaders getting involved in the day and giving advice to students too.”

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Even Gadget Show presenter and University of Lincoln guest lecturer Jason Bradbury came along to see the projects in action. Jason helped students with ideas, encouraging projects to go further and promoting team work from start to finish.

Organiser Dr Amr Ahmed said: “This is another success and expansion over the last 4 years events. More guests and interests, better projects and demos, all made public in the Atrium for internal and external visitors.

“We are proud of our students achievements and annually organise such events to make opportunities for them to interact with employers and visitors to show their work. The panel find it more and more difficult to choose the winners at the end of the event. And they are looking forward for the next year’s event already. Some job vacancies have already been sent to us, from guests and employers.”

University Vice Chancellor, Professor Mary Stuart enjoyed the day too, adding: “What a wonderful event and so good to see all the work.

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