Connecting Assistive Solutions to Aspirations

Deep dive into cyber-physical health and assistive robotics technologies to support healthy ageing and well-being

When and Where?

Date: Wednesday 4th September 2024 - Friday 6th September 2024
Time: See Programme
Location: School of Computer Science, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham

Apply for a place at our 2024 Summer School

Deadline for applications: 31/07/2024

Application Form

About the Summer School


The CHART residential summer school at the University of Nottingham will have a focus on helping participants better understand and engage with the challenges associated with developing innovative, engaging and ethical intelligent technology-enabled solutions to promote healthy ageing and well-being. This is an exciting opportunity to learn from experts in health and social care, social science, human factors, ethics, and assistive and robotics technology specialists, including potential end-users from PPI groups.


The programme will incorporate a rich mixture of activities, including keynote talks, lived-experience panel discussions, and hands-on maker workshops to complement the ultimate focus of the event - a design challenge where participants will produce conceptual prototypes that support healthy ageing and well-being, ensuring that key issues regarding privacy, safety, user diversity, interaction accessibility, trust, sustainability and equity of access are addressed. 


The event is supported by the EPSRC Health Technologies Network+ Emergence and NIHR Devices for Dignity: the HealthTech Research Centre in long term conditions (https://devicesfordignity.org.uk/)


Summer School Programme

Keynote Speakers

Shirley Hall

Director of Care & Wellbeing
Royal Star & Garter

Speaker biography coming soon

Hayley Morris

Project Manager
Devices for Dignity

Speaker biography coming soon

Dan Clark

Project Manager
Devices for Dignity

Speaker biography coming soon

Zoe Clarke

Assistive Technology Clinical Specialist
Barnsley Foundation NHS Hospital Trust

Speaker biography coming soon

Laura Fiorini

Assistant Professor
University of Florence

Laura Fiorini is an assistant professor at the University of Florence, Department of Industrial Engineering, Florence, Italy. She received the M.Sc. Degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Pisa in 2012 (full marks, cum laude). She obtained a Ph.D. in Biorobotics (full marks, cum laude) at the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, in 2016. In 2015 she visited the Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of West England (Bristol, UK).  From 2016 to 2020, she was a postdoc researcher at the BioRobotics Institute and she collaborated on different EU and national projects such as Robot-Era, ACCRA, CloudIA, and SI-ROBOTICS. Currently, she is the coordinator of the Italian pilot site of the Pharaon Project.   

Sara Cooper

Research Scientist

Honda Research Institute Japan


Sara Cooper is a biomedical and robotics engineer, working at Honda Research Institute Japan. After her MSc in Robotics at Heriot-Watt University (Scotland, UK) she joined PAL Robotics (Barcelona, Spain) to become involved in many research projects as well as business applications that aim to develop assistive robots to help improve quality of life older adults.  In Honda, she worked as a researcher on developing social robots as social mediators between children of different cultures, to improve socio-emotional interaction in line with UNICEF guidelines. By using co-design and actual real-world implementations she aims to bridge the gap of HRI between lab and industry.

Cian O'Donovan

Senior Research Fellow
UCL

Speaker biography coming soon

Adam Gordon

Professor of the Care of Older People

University of Nottingham

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Workshop Leaders

Praminda Caleb-Solly

Professor of Embodied Intelligence

University of Nottingham

Biography coming soon

Simon Castle-Green

Technical Manager

University of Nottingham

Biography coming soon

Nikhil Deshpande

Associate Professor in Robotics and AI

University of Nottingham

Biography coming soon

Liz Felton

Teaching Associate

University of Nottingham

Biography coming soon

Lucas Fonseca

Assistant Professor of Assistive Robotics

University of Nottingham


Biography coming soon

Kyle Harrington

Assistant Professor of Human Factors

University of Nottingham


Biography coming soon

Aly Magassouba

Assistant Professor of Robotics and AI

University of Nottingham


Biography coming soon

Dominic Price

CMS Manager & Research Fellow

University of Nottingham

Biography coming soon

Alex Turner

Assistant Professor of Intelligent Sensing

University of Nottingham


Biography coming soon

Applications


The Summer School is open to applications from early career researchers, including PhD students, with interests in cyber-physical health, assistive robotics, health & social care or healthy ageing and designers and developers of healthcare technologies. Prior knowledge of robotics or engineering are not required.


The network is keen to support applications from a range of different disciplines, such as (but not limited to):


A limited number of funded places are available to include travel and accommodation within the UK. Applicants can state whether they wish to apply for a funded place on the application form but this will not guarantee that a funded place will be awarded. If the demand for funded places is higher than available funded places, these will be allocated based on criteria relating to the responses given in the application form. You will need to get approval for attendance from your supervisor or line manager. 


Please also that priority will be given to applicants who are able to attend for the full three days.


Apply for a place at our 2024 Summer School

Deadline for applications: 31/07/2024

Application Form