The social robot LOVOT has become a media darling

LOVOTs

The LOVOT project (the social robots) has been presented on nationally and regional TV during the last week:

The LOVOT project has in the past week been mentioned on 62 other Danish media as can be seen here.

It is great to see that there is interest in our research here at the Laboratory for Welfare Technology at AAU. We thank Groove X, Japan for lending us the LOVOTs, many thanks to the municipalities of Aalborg, Viborg and Skive and TUCV for their dedicated participation in the experiment. The National Board of Health has supported the project financially and thank you for this.

New publication: Use of Orihime

Collaboration between master students in Clinical Science and Technology, AAU, Aalborg Municipality & Ory Lab, Japan:

The telepresence avatar robot OriHime as a communication tool for adults with acquired brain injury: an ethnographic case study

OriHime

We conducted an exploratory ethnographic case study, applying the framework ‘community of practice.’ The intervention consisted of sessions where ABI patients at home interacted with a member from Aalborg Rehabilitation Club using OriHime. Data collection consisted of documentary materials, participant observations and semi-structured interviews.

Findings: The patients at home found nonverbal communication valuable, while the members at the rehabilitation center felt that OriHime lacked human features and preferred direct verbal communication. The technology facilitated a feeling of being a part of a community of practice between the participants, and it motivated the patients at home to participate in the rehabilitating activities at the center.

Reference: Vikkelsø, S., Hoang, T-H., Carrara, F., Hansen, K. D., & Dinesen, B. (2020). The telepresence avatar robot OriHime as a communication tool for adults with acquired brain injury: an ethnographic case study. Intelligent Service Robotics.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11370-020-00335-6

LOVOT calls for joy and smiles for elderly with dementia

LOVOT

LOVOT is a social robot developed by Groove X in Japan. In March Laboratory for Welfare Technologies was about to begin to test the LOVOT with citizens with dementia at nursing homes in Aalborg, Viborg and Skive Municipality in Denmark as the first place in the world. LOVOT was brought to the nursing homes and ready to interact with the citizens. Unfortunately, Covid-19 started spreading, causing Denmark to go into lockdown and stopped us from testing LOVOT at the nursing homes. This has brought us in quite a unique situation: LOVOT being in lockdown together with citizens with dementia at the nursing homes. We are therefore excited to see how LOVOT will interact with the citizens in a lockdown period. The nursing homes now report back that the citizens have enjoyed the LOVOT and it has created joy and a lot of smiles for the citizens with dementia. We have postponed our scientific test supported by the National Health Authorities (Sundhedsstyrelsen) in Denmark to the fall 2020.

New publication: Individualized asynchronous sensor-based telerehabilitation program

Mohammad Reza Naeemabadi, PhD student at Laboratory for Welfare Technology, Aalborg University, has published a study aimed to identify patients’ requirements after a total knee replacement following a self-training rehabilitation program, leading to the design and development of a telerehabilitation program.

Telerehabilitation programs can be employed to establish communication between patients and healthcare professionals and empower patients performing their training remotely. Let us hope it will be used more in the future.

You can see and read the paper here.

Cooperation between HiSC Nordic and students from Aalborg University

One of the objectives of JD TeleTech is to collaborate on developing, testing and evaluating new telehealth, telerehabilitation and welfare technologies between universities, hospitals, municipalities and industry in Japan and Denmark. This has been experienced by two students from Aalborg University, who in the fall of 2019 collaborated with the Japanese company HiSC Nordic ApS.

The collaboration came about when the two students Lahila Diaby and Jens Thorsen, who study masters in Clinical Science and Technology, wanted to make a project about telerehabilitation. As HiSC Nordic develops software for telerehabilitation to diabetic patients, the collaboration between the students and the company was formed. Together the students and HiSC Nordic tested the software on Danish diabetic patients, and the results are expected to be published in an article this summer of 2020.

As it was a collaboration between a Japanese company and a Danish university, the two students joined JD TeleTech in Tokyo, where they presented their project, and talked about the good cooperation they had with HiSC Nordic. This was well received by companies and the healthcare system in Japan, and gave inspiration on how to collaborate between Japan and Denmark in the field of telehealth and telerehabilitation.

LOVOT has arrived

LOVOT – a new social robot from Groove X in Japan has arrived to Aalborg University.

The LOVOTs are named Anne and Lars and will be tested for the first time outside Japan in interaction with citizens with dementia this spring in collaboration with Aalborg, Viborg and Skive Municipalities.

The LOVOTs are designed to create joy, has memory (AI), remember people, recognizes own name and has unique personalities that develops over time.

The National Health Authorities in Denmark are funding the project.

Johan Steffensen, internship at JD TeleTech

Johan Steffensen, who is studying Japanese culture and communication at Aarhus University, is starting an at internship this fall 2019 at the JD TeleTech Network, connected to Laboratory for Welfare Technologies – Telehealth & Telerehabilitation at Aalborg University.

Johan will be working on developing the network, preparing and launching webinars within eHealth themes from Japan and Denmark, help preparing the next JD TeleTech Workshop in Tokyo in December, and help Japanese companies facilitating collaboration with healthcare organizations within the JD TeleTech.

We are looking forward to collaborating with Johan this fall.

Grant given to new JD TeleTech Network

The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education has given a grant to the Japanese-Danish TeleTech Network (aka JD TeleTech Network).

The grant will be used for a workshop in Denmark spring 2019 and a workshop in Japan fall 2019. The aim of the workshops is to facilitate new innovation and research projects between academia, healthcare professionals and industry.

We are looking forward to create synergies between the two countries within telehealth research.