UCLIC Research Seminar Series
Assistive robots offer the potential to transform people's ability to manage their own health, particularly those with the greatest need and lack of adequate support. Our research is exploring how connecting robots with different types of sensors can provide real-time information to not only support self-management, but also facilitate timely preventative interventions. These technologies are disruptive and will lead to new models of care. However we are still quite a long way off from seeing assistive robots being functionally competent, safe and robust enough to be deployed at scale. While we are still working on developing the technology, it is vital that we also consider the ethical, legal, social and organisational aspects so that we are able to ensure that their use is indeed effective and compassionate. Prof Praminda Caleb-Solly will discuss the challenges and approaches for designing assistive robots that help us maintain health and well-being in a way that works best for us.
Praminda Caleb-Solly is Professor of Assistive Robotics and Intelligent Health Technologies at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of the West of England. She is Associate Head of Department and also leads the Robotics Engineering and Computing for Healthcare (REACH) university research group. She holds degrees in Electronic Systems Engineering, Biomedical Instrumentation Engineering and a PhD in Interactive Evolutionary Computation. Her recent portfolio of Innovate UK, RCUK and EC funded projects include designing socially and physically assistive robots and ambient sensor-based intelligent technology to support older adults with ageing-related impairments, with research covering safe, accessible and collaborative Human-Robot Interaction, sensing and intelligent activity recognition and adaptation. Her research involves a taking a person-centred approach to explore creative solutions that are not only functionally effective and efficient, but can also result in enjoyable and satisfying user experiences. She held a joint post with Designability, an assistive technology SME and charity in Bath, as Head of Electronics from 2014 - 2018. She is part of the team that developed an award winning app, Selfhelp for Anxiety Management (SAM) and is now co-founder and director of a spinout Mindgardentech.