Key Points
  • Gain unique insight into how the use of various technologies can reduce loneliness and improve psychological wellbeing in older people in care settings
  • Learn more about the benefits of video calls, robopets, smart speakers and humanoid robots and any problems encountered
  • Understand the challenges with the development and implementation of these technologies as well as ethical concerns
  • Watch live demonstrations and your chance to interact with robopets and some smaller robots as well as seeing videos of humanoid robots in use
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Overview

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Professor Ray Jones, Professor of Health Informatics, University of Plymouth and Director of the eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall (EPIC) Project
  • 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, University of Plymouth


    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.

Agenda
Start

12:30 - 13:00
Registration, Coffee and Interaction with Robots and Devices

 

13:00 - 13:30
Introduction: Technology and Psychological Wellbeing

 
  • Context of work being presented and discussed
  • Potential role of communication and robotics technology addressing social isolation, loneliness, and general wellbeing
  • Setting the scene: ethics, difficulties in implementation and evaluation

Speakers

Hannah Bradwell PhD student, University of Plymouth

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Dr Sonam Zamir Dr Sonam Zamir, Research Evaluation Officer, Alzheimer's Society

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Professor Ray Jones Professor of Health Informatics at the University of Plymouth

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13:30 - 14:00
Video Calls in Care Homes

 
  • Problems encountered in introducing video calls for family to resident contacts
  • Alternatives trialled to encourage use of video calls: inter-care home quizzes, intergenerational calls, 'pimping' the devices
  • Impact

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Dr Sonam Zamir Dr Sonam Zamir, Research Evaluation Officer, Alzheimer's Society

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14:00 - 14:30
Robopets

 
  • What is available: range, functionality, and costs of devices
  • What do older people like?
  • Ethical issues
  • Impact

Speakers

Hannah Bradwell PhD student, University of Plymouth

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14:30 - 15:00
Tea, Coffee and Interaction with Robots and Devices

 

15:00 - 15:20
Smart Speakers

 
  • Aim: to get two thirds of Cornish care homes using Alexa
  • Implementation: uptake and difficulties, student digital health champions
  • Reported uses and impact

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Katie Edwards Research Assistant, EPIC Project

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15:20 - 15:45
Stevie, Genie and other Humanoid Robots

 
  • Autonomous humanoid robots: the current state, examples of Pepper and Stevie
  • The first UK Stevie trial in a Cornish day centre
  • Issues and impact
  • Robots to help connect: the Genie trial in North Cornwall

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Dr Rachel Wilson Managing Director, Clinical Affairs Consulting

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Lloyd Taylor Research Assistant, EPIC project

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15:45 - 16:30
What role can policy makers play in using technology effectively to address social isolation and loneliness? Which issues need further research?

 

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Ian Sherriff BEM Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth

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16:30 - 16:30
Close

 

End

Speakers

Hannah Bradwell PhD student, University of Plymouth

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Katie Edwards Research Assistant, EPIC Project

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Professor Ray Jones Professor of Health Informatics at the University of Plymouth

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Ian Sherriff BEM Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth

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Lloyd Taylor Research Assistant, EPIC project

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Dr Rachel Wilson Managing Director, Clinical Affairs Consulting

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Dr Sonam Zamir Dr Sonam Zamir, Research Evaluation Officer, Alzheimer's Society

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Venue details

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