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Robotic Therapies

Unfortunately many people will suffer from disease or injury at some point in their lifetime that will require physiotherapy. With life spans increasing and pressures on healthcare budgets, robots offer the ability to help therapists deliver more treatment to more people in new ways. At Leeds our multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists and clinicians are building robotic systems to measure, monitor and help people to regain movement and body function. Areas where we are developing robotic systems include:

  • Robots which help therapists in hospitals deliver more intense physiotherapy to adults who have suffered brain injury after stroke.
  • Robots which are used in schools by children with Cerebral Palsy to help them improve mobility by playing computers based games with their friends.
  • Robots which can be used at home to help people improve arm function.
  • Systems to help measure and monitor precisely human function to enable more effective therapy to be prescribed.

The integration of high quality mechanical and electrical design with innovative software engineering is crucial to developing successful robotic systems. To ensure success we engage with users early in the design process from patients to therapist, which is a User Centred Design approach. Throughout the process safety is critical as these powerful systems are connected directly to human users and can operate autonomously.

 

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Examples of our work include

Academic lead Professor Martin Levesley Professor of Dynamics and Control Institute for Design, Robotics and Optimisation e: m.c.levesley@leeds.ac.uk

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