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Mobile robots, working in conjunction with smart sensors, offer proactive initiative to prompt and support a person wherever they are, offering increased availability, awareness and access, as compared to a static system.

A robot as the interface also has the potential to offer a more social and entertaining interaction experience. The use of voice and gesture recognition, speech synthesis and sensor information from ambient intelligent environments and smart garments, enable a robotic assistive system to offer more natural interactions.

Anchor Robotics Personalised Assisted Living Studio

At the BRL, the Anchor Robotics Personalised Assisted Living Studio is an in-house facility to develop, test and implement assistive robots and heterogeneous sensor systems in a realistic environment, bringing together our expertise in robotics, human-robot interaction, intelligent learning systems and person-centred design.

This helps to ensure real-world applicability of our research and can help in reducing the time to get these innovative technologies to market.

More details can be found in our "Connected Assistive Robotics @ Bristol Robotics Laboratory" flyer.

Current Projects

CHIRON (Care at Home using Intelligent Robotic Omni-functional Nodes)

The CHIRON project is an Innovate UK funded project aiming to develop a connected system of modular robotic components, which can be adapted to different assistive tasks. The modular robotic components will be designed to be mixed and matched.

FLOURISH – empowerment through trusted secure mobility

FLOURISH is an Innovate UK funded three year project with academic partners associated with the EPSRC. Connected and autonomous vehicles will play a significant role in a future transport system and unlock enormous social benefits at the same time. FLOURISH looks to enable the delivery of many of these benefits by helping to ensure that connected and autonomous vehicle are developed with the user in mind and are technically secure, trustworthy and private.

The D4D Project - Disability and Community: Dis/engagement, dis/enfranchisement, dis/parity and dissent

D4D is an AHRC funded four year project aiming to explore disability and community, and how new technologies change experiences of disability and community over time. We will be working with participants to explore lived experiences of disability and their engagement with assistive technology and the knowledge that such experiences generate.

CASA - Connecting Assistive Solutions to Aspirations

CASA is a nine-month pilot project funded by the UK's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board. The project aims to develop personalised packages of innovative products and services to help people maintain enjoyable, independent lives in later life.

Past Projects

EIoS - Enabling the Internet Of Sensors

This project will develop a novel secure, multi-application network of shared sensors for use in assisted living, energy efficiency and home security. It will show a platform for: (1) the secure sharing of sensors by multiple services, and (2) local, autonomous processing which eliminates human interaction, enables sensor monitoring and repurposing, and generates actionable data for use by both humans and machines.

Bristol Robotics Laboratory is part of the Long Term Care Revolution

According to a population projection by the UK National Statistics Office, the numbers of 65+ will rise to over 16 million in the next 20 years. A recent Department for Business Innovation and Skills Report , states that up to 75% of people above the age of 75 will suffer from chronic disease by 2030. Many people want to stay in their own homes as they age, however lack of adequate support can be a barrier to this. Creative, affordable and pragmatic solutions are needed, and there is potential for intelligent technologies to support independent living in later life.

MOBISERV – FP7 248434

An Integrated Intelligent Home Environment for the Provision of Health, Nutrition and Mobility Services to Older Adults

We are working with a European team of universities, research institutes, commercial companies and care organisations, on a new type of helper: a robot assistant for older adults. Integrated together with smart garments and vision systems, this social robot works in partnership with them, reminding them about eating, drinking and medicines, offering structure throughout the day, and helping people stay fit by suggesting a variety of activities. The main goal of the MOBISERV project is not only to keep people independent and boost their quality of life, but also to support and empower their social carer, often a partner, in providing care. For more details visit the MOBISERV page.

SAM – Self-help for Anxiety Management

Developed as a mobile app, this app has been designed to help people manage and monitor their anxiety. It is a contribution to the university’s support for the student experience at UWE.

We are currently considering the potential of delivering these self-help services via a mobile robot that can learn and sense a person’s anxiety levels from their physiological data and behaviour in different contexts and environments. For more details visit the SAM page.

Other related projects

MOET: Manipulation of Objects for the Extraction of Text

Robotic rehabilitation for the restoration of hand motor function following stroke

Page last updated 14 September 2017