Please join us for an exciting workshop in which we will tap into the vast potential of Robotics for Care.

This workshop is part of a series of meetings on this theme that started as a Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) initiative and with every meeting the interdisciplinary and collaborative network is continuously expanding.

Through these meetings, we aim to bring forward related research at the University of Sheffield (UoS) and regional academia, industry and clinic to understand our strengths, and start an interdisciplinary dialog to lay foundations for future research bids in this field. We look at the many facets of care and emphasize areas where robotics or AI can make a true difference.

This workshop is supported by Think Ahead.

The workshop will be held in Diamond Workroom 1,  32 Leavygreave Rd, Sheffield S3 7RD.

PLEASE NOTE: To access Work Room 1 in the Diamond, you need to have your University UCard with you.

We look forward to seeing you there for fantastic talks and discussions.

To register for the event please use our Eventbrite link. If you require any more information, please contact Suzanne Lightfoot.

The agenda will be as follows:

13:00 Arrive

13:00-13:15 Networking over coffee and snacks

13:15-14:30 Part I – Short Presentations:

  • Dr Dana Damian, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, CATCH, UoS: Welcome and introduction
  • Dr Stephen Potter, CATCH, ScHARR, UoS: Care Robotics: Needs and Gap to Translation
  • Dr Christine Smith, Deputy Head of Allied Health Professions, Sheffield Hallam University: Technologies to promote recovery of sensory-motor functions
  • Dr Claudia Mazza, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UoS: Human movement analysis and methods for postural stability
  • Dr Mahnaz Arvaneh, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, UoS: Adaptive Rehabilitation Technologies


14:30-15:00 Part II – Ideas Generation:

How to make Sheffield the City of Care Robotics? Panel and audience interactive discussions will focus on two broad themes:

  • Theme 1: ‘Development of new robotic and AI technologies for Care’
  • Theme 2: ‘Using existing robotic and AI technologies’


The outcomes of this workshop will be the identification of key challenges and applications that will form the basis of a sandpit event for group proposals later in June.