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Reconfigurable lower limb Exoskeleton for effective Stroke Treatment in residential settings 

  • Start Date: April 2019 

  • Duration of the grant: 36 months 

EPSRC

This project aims to bring rehabilitation to people in their own homes by developing affordable and innovative exoskeletons that are reconfigurable, tailored to meet patients' needs, deliver effective diagnosis and personalised treatment, and are monitored remotely by a rehabilitation therapist. The project will reduce the workload of rehabilitation professionals in delivering the required care for stroke patients, and result in a greater likelihood of successful rehabilitation leading to improved quality of life for millions of people with stroke. It is a direct response to the World Health Organization's appeal on "stroke: a global response is needed for stroke". The project will generate new knowledge on how to develop intelligent and customisable devices that enable rehabilitation professionals to monitor patients' progress and deliver effective rehabilitation in residential settings.

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Low Cost Patient Assistive Robot for Elderly

  • Start Date: April 2018 

  • Duration of the grant: 24 months 

RAE Newton Fund

Ageing in India is exponentially increasing due to the impressive gains that society has made in terms of increased life expectancy. With the rise in the elderly population, the demand for holistic care tends to grow. It is projected that the proportion of Indians aged 60 and older will rise from 7.5% in 2010 to 11.1% in 2025. The traditional Indian society with an age-old joint family system has been instrumental in safeguarding the social and economic security of the elderly people. However, with the emerging prevalence of nuclear family set-ups in recent years, the elderly are likely to be exposed to emotional, physical and financial insecurity in the years to come. The most relying technology that can assist elderly care is development of an assistive robot. However, assistive robots are not familiar in India due to cost, import charges and lack of service. The main objective of this project is to develop an indigenous assistive robot that is affordable, aware of regional culture and user-friendly to meet oncoming future demand.

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Low cost robotic orthosis for stroke treatment in rural China

  • Start Date: Feb 2018 

  • Duration of the grant: 12 months 

AMS GCRF

The goal is to develop a low-cost reconfigurable patient oriented robotic system for rural China where has the largest incidence of stroke, the highest number of stroke survivors but the poorest stroke rehabilitation service. Utilizing the robotic system, we aim to provide a closed-loop rehabilitation procedure, where the rehabilitation training, disability evaluation and future rehab planning are all executed at stroke survivors’ home environment whilst minimizing therapists’ involvement. Such procedure would reduce demand on therapists’/stroke carers' time whilst simultaneously maximizing the stroke survivor’s sense of intention, ownership, involvement, interaction and achievement of limb movement, with greater likelihood of successful rehabilitation and improved quality of life. This project seeks to gather evidence directly from the key stakeholders in the beneficiary ODA countries (China and Kazakhstan) about what their problems and requirements are. The project aims to establish a multi-disciplinary consortium including experts from rehabilitation robotics, sensing, machine learning, physiotherapy and rehabilitation medicine and to provide low-cost robotic solutions to stroke survivors in remote home and community environments.

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