We develop assistive and social robots and associated technologies to allow people to remain independent in their own home.

In this theme we bring together the expertise in assistive technology within CATCH and the expertise in robotics within Sheffield Robotics.

Robots are still in early stages of development in terms of interaction with humans and deployment in uncontrolled environments – however, rapid progress is being made in these domains which means they are on the cusp of becoming viable to be used for assistance and companionship for older and disabled people at home.

We will develop robots with, initially, relatively restricted but clinically useful interaction capabilities and functionality (Prescott, Hawley, Millings, Sharkey). This should allow translation into products ready for the market within five years. In past and current projects in this research theme we have involved industry and clinicians in creating robots. For example, we have developed IntelliTable (with funding from Innovate UK), a robotic table designed to support people with mobility issues, working with design SME Sebastian Conran Associates and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust Occupational Therapy department to design the table and its functionality.  A spin-out company was created to exploit the IP generated in the project.

In parallel we will carry out research leading to more advanced robots with greater functionality for future translation to more sophisticated products.

The main outputs from this theme will be increased knowledge in the area of assistive and social robots and robots being developed that are used by patients to live more independently. 

Projects in Assistive Robotics & Social Robotics

 

Members working in Assistive Robotics & Social Robotics

Name Dept (faculty) Research strengths
Dr Dana Damian
Research Lead
ACSE (Engineering) Medical robotics
Soft robotics
Haptics, tactile sensing, prosthetics
supported by
Prof Tony Prescott
Psychology (Science)  Robotics
Active and tactile sensing and Haptic interfaces

 

Name Dept (faculty) Research strengths
 Dr Abi Millings  Psychology (Science)  Social robotics
Dr Amanda Sharkey Computer Science (Engineering) Social robotics
Human – robot interaction
Robot ethics
Prof Roger Moore Computer Science (Engineering) Human – robot interaction
Prof Tony Dodd ACSE (Engineering) Autonomous systems and robotics
Control systems
Machine learning
Dr Osman Tokhi ACSE (Engineering) Assistive robotics for mobility in disabled and elderly
Dr Peter Cudd ScHARR (MDH) Application of robots into healthcare
Prof Mark Hawley ScHARR (MDH) Application of robots into healthcare
Prof Rob Harrison
ACSE (Engineering) Computational Data Modelling
Dr Mahnaz Arvaneh
ACSE (Engineering) Robotic and BCI-based stroke rehabilitation

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