Robotics for Frailty Challenge

EMERGENCE Healthcare Technologies Network+ Robotics for Frailty Challenge

Date: Wednesday 28th September 2022

Time: 13:00 - 16:00

Location:

Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham (Room A24, Business School South)

(There will also be an option for participants to join online via Microsoft Teams)

Confirmed Speakers:

Philippa Hemmings, EPSRC UKRI

Dr. Elizabeth Mestheneos, 50plus Hellas

Mark Van Loock, Toyota Motor Europe

Michael Gray, University of Edinburgh

Sara Cooper, PAL Robotics

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Programme:

13:00 - 13:10 Introduction to the Healthcare Technologies Theme
Philippa Hemmings, EPSRC

13:10 - 13:20 Introduction to the Emergence Network
Prof. Praminda Caleb-Solly, University of Nottingham

13:20 - 13:30 Overview of Emergence Work Packages
Prof. Mark Hawley, University of Sheffield
Prof. Alessandro Di Nuovo, Sheffield Hallam University
Prof. Farshid Amirabdollahian, University of Hertfordshire
Dr. Mauro Dragone, Heriot-Watt University
Prof. Praminda Caleb-Solly, University of Nottingham

13:30 - 13:50 The Robotic Assistant for Aging: The Unbalanced Struggle between Benefits and Challenges
Dr. Elizabeth Mestheneos, 50plus Hellas

13:50 - 14:10 The Human Support Robot (HSR) as Open Innovation Platform for Enhanced Self-Reliance and Caregiver Support
Mark Van Loock, Toyota Motor Europe

14:10 - 14:25 Refreshment Break

14:25 - 14:35 An H&C Innovation Community
Michael Gray, University of Edinburgh

14:35 - 14:50 Real-life lessons on deploying service robots in healthcare scenarios
Sara Cooper, PAL Robotics

14:50 - 15:10 Overview of Emergence Research Outputs
Prof. Mark Hawley, University of Sheffield
Dr. Stephen Potter, University of Sheffield

15:10 - 15:20 Announcement of Pilot Project Funding Call
Prof. Praminda Caleb-Solly, University of Nottingham
Prof. Alessandro Di Nuovo, Sheffield Hallam University

15:20 - 15:50 Interactive session to discuss the themes of the challenge
Prof. Praminda Caleb-Solly, University of Nottingham

15:50 - 16:00 Final Words and Next Steps
Prof. Praminda Caleb-Solly, University of Nottingham

Speaker Biographies:

Philippa Hemmings

Philippa Hemmings is the Head of Healthcare Technologies, supporting research across Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)’s remit which aims to accelerate translation to healthcare applications.

Dr. Elizabeth Mestheneos

Dr.Elizabeth Mestheneos promotes the work of 50plus Hellas and the Hellenic Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics to support the human rights of older people and ensure their active participation in society. . She undertakes research primarily in areas of Social Policy, particularly ageing. An ongoing project for HAGG is the 'Greek e-library for gerontology and geriatrics.' She is a past president of AGE Platform Europe and continues to promote their mission. She works in advisory and evaluation roles at EU and national level and is involved in the issue of new technologies in the context of ageing

Mark Van Loock


Mark is a technology manager at Toyota Motor Europe’s Robotics group, where he is coordinating the European activities, related to Toyota’s Human Support Robot (HSR). The HSR is used by 15 labs in 7 countries as an open innovation platform, with the ambition to contribute to Toyota’s vision to create “Mobility for All” and “Happiness for All”.

In this coordination role, Mark can fall back on 17 years of experience in collaborative R&D, in diverse areas, including safe service robot navigation, fall detection for elderly and robot ethics, with special attention to real-life validation of the developed technology (in technology museums, in care facilities, at people’s homes).

Michael Gray


Michael is currently the Implementation Lead for the Health and Social Care Data-Driven Innovation (HSCDDI) programme being co-ordinated by the University of Edinburgh across south-east Scotland. He is responsible for ensuring the programme’s elements combine effectively to fulfil its vision to create an innovation hub where public, private and third sectors collaborate to realise data-driven advances in the delivery of health and social care.

Michael has extensive experience across the health and care sector - as a clinician, service management, and business enterprise – giving a rich insight into the opportunities and challenges offered by innovation.

Sara Cooper


Sara Cooper has been a robotics software engineer at PAL Robotics since early 2020, working especially for software development of the ARI social robot and its associated European projects. She obtained a degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2018 at the Mondragon Unibertsitatea (Spain); and in 2019, a master's degree in Robotics at the Heriot-Watt University (UK). Her main interests are human-robot interaction and healthcare robotics.

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