Socially Assistive Robots and Sensory Feedback for MCI/Dementia Rehabilitation

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


My research goal is to increase engagement with cognitive rehabilitation tasks for individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia in order to maximise the therapy's potential impact and combat personal and logistic factors that can impact treatment adherence. To achieve this objective, the proposed robotic system will adapt the socially assistive robot behaviour, cognitive task, and sensory feedback based on engagement level assessed from physiological sensors.
Research project:
To initiate this research, we developed a socially assistive robot (SAR)-facilitated memory game that uses the tactile sensors on the Pepper robot along with employing auditory and haptic feedback. The goal of this system was to inform the design of a cognitive rehabilitation system for individuals with mild cognitive impairment and dementia. The feasibility study has been published in the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction as a late-breaking report. I am currently in the process of virtually interviewing health professionals to attain insight and feedback that will help shape the design of the proposed system.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/S023208/1 01/10/2019 31/03/2028
2270294 Studentship EP/S023208/1 16/09/2019 30/09/2023 Emilyann Nault