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Past and Future of Assistive Technologies

23rd June 9:00am to 24th June 5:00pm

Bristol Robotics Laboratory

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Organised by University of the West of England
+44 (0)117 9656261,
Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Campus, T Block, University of the West of England, Frenchay, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS34 8QZ

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The University of the West of England is running a two-day summit of talks, activities, and workshops on the past and future of Assistive Technologies. This workshop will bring together representatives from research, companies, and service users to discuss how new and existing assistive technology approaches have evolved over time and how the future landscape will be shaped.

The UK, like Europe and worldwide, is experiencing a significant increase in the elderly population. In England, 74% of older people require support with physical activities, which adds to the younger population needing assistance due to illness, accidents, and trauma.

This need of support is exacerbated by the staffing challenges reported in NHS hospitals, mental health services, and community providers with substantial socio-economic impact. Quality-of-life is affected both directly and indirectly, and the financial cost of long-term support in the UK last year was estimated to be around 15 billion pounds. Therefore, there is an urgent need of assistive technologies to allow the people in need of care to maintain and regain independence, creating a sustainable active community.

Solutions are being proposed to cope with this challenge, including physical and socially assistive robots, intelligent logistics, and the IoT / Ambient Assisted Living. These fields present multiple scientific, engineering, and design challenges in a highly interdisciplinary framework.

Book by 15 June 2022

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