Sensing and Robotic technology for Ambient Assisted Living

Lead Research Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Department Name: S of Mathematical and Computer Sciences


Develop and evaluate smart robotic environments for ambient assisted living applications
Caring for older people, particularly those with disabilities, places a significant strain on the economy. Robots and autonomous systems, combined with AI, sensing infrastructures and smart home technology can assist professional carers to be more efficient, allowing them to focus more on the human-to-human aspects of their work. ICT and Robotic systems are currently being developed to provide general assistance around the home, for instance, performing household chores and assuring safety, but they also have the potential to reduce social isolation, support cognitive stimulation and rehabilitation practices, and even assist directly with physical aspects of care including help with personal mobility, eating and drinking, dressing, and toileting.
This project will look at:
Human-robot interaction to address acceptance and usability concerns that currently hinder the take-up and use of care robotic technology as part of social care practices in end-user environments
Ambient Intelligence (AmI) approaches to embed robotic technology in everyday environments, for instance, as social artefacts providing companionship and cognitive stimulation to people with Alzheimer or Dementia.
Sensor-driven human-activity recognition (HAR), especially using device-free techniques (e.g. based on RFID technology) for non-invasive monitoring of activities of daily living supporting novel assessment methods and the detection of deviations from healthy ageing before people's abilities to live and function independently is hampered by mental health illnesses.
Investigating the role of creativity in human-robot interaction, for instance, by developing end-user programming tools and programming by demonstration techniques to let end-users train systems in specific tasks (such as helping with daily activities, cleaning, fetching objects, etc..).


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/S023208/1 01/10/2019 31/03/2028
2269994 Studentship EP/S023208/1 16/09/2019 30/09/2023 Alexandre Colle