[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Research Fellow post in Assistive robotics systems for cognitive impairment available at the University of Salford

Dawson Laura L.M.Dawson at salford.ac.uk
Wed Nov 12 09:41:12 PST 2014

Dear all,

The Centre for Autonomous Systems and Advanced Robotics (http://www.salford.ac.uk/computing-science-engineering/research/autonomous-systems-and-robotics) at the University of Salford is currently advertising a Career Development Research Fellowship in robotics; this is a postdoctoral position for 5 years, working on assistive robotics systems for cognitive impairment. Please share this information with any promising candidates.

The Centre for Autonomous Systems and Advanced Robotics in the School for Computing Science and Engineering at the University of Salford is advertising a 5 year Research Fellow post, with the focus on the use of robotics and autonomous systems to tackle challenges encountered by dementia sufferers. The successful candidate will work closely with the recently established Salford Institute for Dementia which has the overarching objective of generating and disseminating evidence to enable people to live well with dementia.

The University of Salford is offering a limited number of career development posts for researchers in highly strategic areas for the University. Applicants are expected to be exceptional scientists who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field.  Applicants must, therefore, be able to demonstrate an outstanding contribution to robotics and autonomous systems and have a clear and ambitious plan for their career development; the successful Fellow will also be expected to apply for external funding, contribute to REF2020, and be a strong candidate for a permanent post in the University at the end of the Fellowship.

Informal enquiries can be made to the Director of the Research Centre, Professor Samia Nefti-Meziani  (s.nefti-meziani at salford.ac.uk<mailto:s.nefti-meziani at salford.ac.uk>)

The deadline for this post is 30 November 2014. Please note that we can only accept formal applications via the University's online application system.

For full details on how to apply please follow this link: https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?SID=amNvZGU9MTQzNTQwMyZ2dF90ZW1wbGF0ZT05MTkmb3duZXI9NTAzNjMyOCZvd25lcnR5cGU9ZmFpciZicmFuZF9pZD0wJnBvc3RpbmdfY29kZT0yMjQmcmVxc2lnPTE0MTU4MTI1NTYtNTk1ZjgwZTg2NWU0ODIxMzIzYjg5NjAyOGI5Y2VmYTlhZjkwNGE4Zg==

RESEARCH PROJECT: Development of assistive robotics systems for elderly people with cognitive impairment

The increasing prevalence of dementia in society is a major social and economic challenge. For example, the number of people in the EU who are over 65 is expected to increase by 45% over twenty years - to 123 million in 2030. The prevalence of dementia increases sharply with age, and onset may be as early as in the early fifties.  In the UK, it is estimated that 670,000 people have dementia, and that this number will double in 30 years. Two thirds of people with dementia live at home, and a third in residential or nursing home care, where they comprise at least two thirds of residents.

A decline in cognitive functions will have major ramifications for the experience, quality of life, and behaviour of the older population, thereby having a significant impact on the provision of care to these individuals. Loss of autonomy can be very progressive (10 years on average for Alzheimer disease), with different types of care and support being required as impairment progresses.

Developments in assistive technologies and robotics are now starting to demonstrate the potential for technological interventions to support the ageing population; robotics research is being applied to empower patients to retain autonomy and to support them as their physical or mental health declines.

This project will develop robotics technologies for assessing functional capability of people with cognitive impairments and how best to use the data that emerges to provide information on how technology, social services and healthcare can be utilised to provide independence.

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