Emilyann Nault

Research project title: 
Socially Assistive Robots and Sensory Feedback for Cognitive Decline Rehabilitation
Principal goal for project: 
My research aims to increase engagement with cognitive rehabilitation activities for individuals along the spectrum of decline: from healthy older adults, to those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia. Improving engagement in this area can aid in retaining cognitive function and slowing the rate of cognitive decline, thus helping to alleviate the growing pressure on both care facilities and the healthcare system as a whole. To achieve this objective, the proposed robotic system will adapt the socially assistive robot behaviour, cognitive task or game, and sensory feedback based on the measured engagement level of the user. Older adults, individuals with MCI/dementia, and related stakeholders (i.e. health professionals and carers) are at the centre of this research. We are always looking for interested parties who would like to be involved.