Socially Assistive Robot Support to aid recovery after critical illness

This project aims to use case studies and technical robot pilots to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of using SARs for patients recovering after critical care.
Description of the Project: 

Critical illness can affect individuals at any age and for a wide range of medical and surgical conditions. Recovery can be prolonged, and complicated by fatigue, impaired attention and limited engagement with rehabilitation for physical and mental health reasons. Socially assistive robots provide an opportunity for bespoke rehabilitation programmes to be developed by health care professionals, then delivered by the robot, from the time of recovery from critical care, through the rest of the inpatient journey, to the transition home. This project aims to use case studies and robot pilots to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of using Socially Assistive Robots (SARs) to support patients recovering after critical care. 

This PhD will develop robot pilots that aim to support patients who are rehabilitating after a critical illness. They will work with their supervisor at HWU and pilot in the assistive living lab and in the hospital a small number of technical pilots (e.g. physiotherapy exercise) by the robot. They will also undertake  a series of case studies with qualitative feedback from patients and staff to evaluate the potential for service implementation of SARs these studies will also take place in years 1 and 4 of the PhD, with years 2 & 3 focused on the robot pilots. 

Resources required: 
SARs robots, Assistive Living Lab (Lyell Building and then National Robotarium), HRI Lab
Project number: 
First Supervisor: 
Heriot-Watt University
First supervisor university: 
Heriot-Watt University
Essential skills and knowledge: 
MSc in Robotics or closely aligned subject would be key.
Desirable skills and knowledge: 
ROS, Python

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