We work with partners from across Europe on a number of projects to transform lives through innovation:
ADAPT smart electric powered wheelchairs
ADAPT aims to tackle mobility and isolation problems face by elderly and disabled people. It’s a four year Interreg project which started in January 2017 and is a collaboration between sixteen organisations across Southern England and Northern France.
Interreg is a series of five programmes to stimulate co-operation between regions in the European Union and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Major parts of the project are the design and development of a smart electric powered wheelchair (EPW), and an EPW simulator for training purposes. The smart EPW will integrate driving assistance technologies (such as autonomous driving, route planning, obstacle avoidance) and aims to report users’ health through e-health devices with a connection to the internet.
The EPW simulator is likely to consist of one of the smart EPWs mounted to a motion platform. Virtual reality will be incorporated into the simulator to give potential users an immersive experience of using the chair.
Training will be developed to educate healthcare professionals in assistive technology, helping them to gain a better understanding of the smart EPW.
Around 300,000 EPW users could be affected by the ADAPT project. Potentially 5,500 smart EPWs could be manufactured per year.
KSS AHSN focus
Our focus in the project is ‘work package 6’.
6.1: Identify the competencies of stakeholders within the cross-border area –
- Develop a database of relevant stakeholders which is easy to navigate.
- Create visualisations using Tableau to display interest of organisations
- produce a map of the organisations contained within the database.
- Produce a methodology report to allow others to replicate the mapping process.
- Establish four formalised partnerships between business intermediaries and research institutions, after delivery of 20 dissemination events
- Get to 6.2 through work produced for 6.1.
KSS AHSN involvement in the project includes mapping organisations located in Southern England who operate in the fields of assistive technologies, robotics, e-health technology and artificial intelligence (to name a few).
Fields: artificial intelligence, assistive robotics, assistive technology, care, chair provision and selection, EPW manufacturing, health technology, internet of things, machine learning, mobility, simulator platforms, socially assistive robotics, or virtual reality.
Locations: Bournemouth and Poole, Brighton and Hove, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Medway, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Somerset, Southampton, Surrey, Swindon, Torbay, West Sussex, or Wiltshire.
Target groups: local public authority, regional public authority, national public authority, sectoral agency, infrastructure and (public) service provider, interest groups including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), higher education and research, education/training centre and school, enterprise, small and medium sized enterprise (SME), business support organisation, or international organisation.
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M.O.T.I.O.N. aims at developing a lower body exoskeleton paired with a smart garment for children with cerebral palsy.
The exoskeleton will be used as a walking aid and as a rehabilitation device.
This project has received funding from the Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and will last four years (2019-2022), gathering partners from the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
KSS AHSN’s role is to identify the relevant stakeholders from industry, government, research institutions, clinical experts and user groups (parent/patient associations) and producing a stakeholder map highlighting their main characteristics.
Additionally, we will develop a roadmap from innovation to market – which will explain how to ensure the most effective and rapid uptake of these technologies.