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This half-day event will demonstrate and discuss the use of various technologies including videocalls, smart speakers, and companion robots to improve psychological wellbeing in older people in care settings, especially care homes.
This mainly means addressing loneliness but also general feelings of distress and agitation. The event will mainly be based on work carried out by the eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall (EPIC) project run by the Centre for Health Technology, University of Plymouth.
Participants will have a chance to interact with robopets and some smaller robots as well as see videos of humanoid robots in use. It will discuss the challenges of development and implementation as well as ethical concerns and will conclude with a panel discussion on policy issues related to these technologies and their use.
- Professor Ray Jones, Professor of Health Informatics, University of Plymouth and Director of the eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall (EPIC) Project and Centre for Health Technology Facilitator
- Hannah Bradwell, PhD Student, University of Plymouth
- Katie Edwards, Research Assistant, EPIC Project
- Lloyd Taylor, Research Assistant, EPIC Project
- Dr Sonam Zamir, Research Evaluation Officer, Alzheimer’s Society and former PhD Student, University of Plymouth
- Dr Rachel Wilson, Managing Director, Clinical Affairs Consulting
- Ian Sherriff BEM, Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences, University of Plymouth