05:54am Monday 25 May 2020

New move to use robots for stroke rehabilitation

The new FP7 European project, entitled Supervised Care and Rehabilitation Involving Personal Tele-robotics (SCRIPT), will involve the development of the hand and wrist. The treatment will be delivered during the chronic phases of stroke rehabilitation.

The researchers aim to establish a tele-robotic communication platform which patients can use in their own homes and which can be managed remotely, therefore reducing the number of hospital visits needed. In addition, the SCRIPT project will focus on adapting a robot´s interaction capabilities to those required for a therapeutic interaction. This would allow for a more natural interaction.

Professor Gail Mountain, Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Sheffield´s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) is one of the SCRIPT´s Principal Investigators.

Professor Mountain said: “The Sheffield contribution to the SCRIPT project will be located in the skills and knowledge that we have gained through leading and being involved in previous interdisciplinary technology development projects for people with stroke.”

“Through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded SMART Consortium we have designed and tested technologies for stroke rehabilitation and self management, combining user centred design and health services research methods. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to apply and further develop this work in SCRIPT which we hope will improve access to rehabilitation and ultimately quality of life for people who have had a stroke”.

Dr Farshid Amirabdollahian, from the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire, is also part of the research team.

Dr Amirabdollahian added: “The projects focus on hand and wrist exercise presents the least researched area in this field and has the potential to make a big contribution to personal independence. Our developed prototypes will be available for home use and in a motivating and engaging context, which should provide easier and more frequently available tools, which should in turn affect the patient recovery”.

Notes for Editors: Other project partners are: R.U. Robots Limited (RUR), University of Hertfordshire, Universiteit Twente, Roessingh Research and Development BV (RRD), MOOG BV, San Raffaele S.p.A. and User Interface Design GMBH.

This project is partially funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme.

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