ADAPT project events – Save the dates!

The ADAPT project started in January 2017 and will finish in June 2021. It is cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the INTERREG VA France (Channel) England programme. The project focuses on four main topics:

  • Smart and connected Electrical Powered Wheelchairs (EPW)
  • An EPW Simulator platform using virtual reality
  • Training of healthcare professionals in assistive technologies/social assistive robotics
  • Formalised agreements between research institutions and companies

ADAPT will be represented at two up-coming events:

IROS Workshop, October 2018, Madrid, Spain
“Assistance and Service Robotics in a Human Environment: From Personal Mobility Aids to Rehabilitation-Oriented Robotics”

“Assistive Robotics & Everyday Life” Conference, December 7th 2018, Rennes, France

For more information on the ADAPT project go to our website:  Or search for #ADAPTproject on Twitter.


One in four Europeans are open to robot surgery

Comfort with the idea of robotic surgery varies widely around the Continent, as a DataPoint graphic based on Eurobarometer data shows:

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Less success with AI diagnosis: While about two-thirds of Germans would embrace machine-assisted surgery, artificial intelligence is off to a rocky start in the country when it comes to diagnosing complex conditions. Der Spiegel looks (in English) at why several hospitals have dropped their experiments with IBM’s Watson program after disappointing results.


2012 – 2015 This was an East Kent Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) project in partnership with ESIGELEC, Universite de Picardie Jules Verne, University of Essex and the University of Kent.

The Health and Europe Centre provided the administrative support for EKHUFT’s medical physics and neuro-rehabilitation departments who worked with their academic colleagues to develop assistive technology for disabled people.

The project’s target group were disabled people living at home who require care and it looked at innovative ICT solutions that would maximise their autonomy and independence. Specifically, they developed a humanoid robot that can carry out household tasks as well as undertake minor medical jobs such as taking blood pressure which is then communicated to the patient’s doctor via the robot’s cognitive platform.

EKHUFT provided the necessary healthcare professional and patient input to the design, testing and evaluating all the systems that came from this project. The neuro-rehabilitation team accessed patients who were the target group of this project and involved them, making sure that the technology being tested was robust enough to ensure patient safety.

This is the CareTECH programme from the project’s closing conference in the summer of 2015.