Professor Mark Hawley and Professor Luc de Witte of CATCH are part of a team that has won funding from EPSRC to set up a new research network. Professor Praminda Caleb-Solly at UWE Bristol is leading a team of four other UK universities, Sheffield, Heriot Watt, Sheffield Hallam and Hertfordshire. Together they will establish a new network, EMERGENCE.
The aim of the network is to create and catalyse a robotics for healthcare community. It will connect researchers, health and social care professionals, service users, regulators and policy makers, to affect the wider use of healthcare robots to support people living with frailty in the community.
The EMERGENCE network will explore how robots can be used to support people to better self-manage the conditions that result from frailty. It will provide information and data to healthcare practitioners, enabling more timely interventions.
This project is supported through a three-year £700,000 EPSRC NetworkPlus grant.