MARIO in Washington DC

Published: Thursday, 22 February 2018 14:44

6 MARIO in Washington DCProf Dympna Casey will be speaking about “Loneliness and Isolation in Dementia”, specifically, how MARIO can impact this domain at the “Can Robots Improve the Quality of Life in People with Dementia?” symposium. This is part of the Technology, Mind, and Society interdisciplinary conference that will be held at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC, on April 5-7, 2018.

European Robotics Forum (ERF2018)

Published: Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:31

4 European Robotics Forum ERF2018The European Robotics Forum is the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, which will be held in Tampere, Finland, on 13-15 March 2018. NUIG will represent the MARIO project and will present on end users perspectives on the using health care robotics.

MARIO on Euronews

Published: Sunday, 18 February 2018 14:28

 MARIO will appear on the Euronews Futuris programme, where he will be showcasing how robotics can make a difference to people with dementia to help manage isolation and loneliness. This broadcast is scheduled for April and will be in 12 languages to over 430 million households in 130 countries.

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Des Doherty (person with dementia) using the MARIO robot at St. Brendan’s Community  Nursing Unit in Loughrea, during the Euronews feature

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Prof. Dympna Casey (MARIO Project coordinator) interviewing Des Doherty (person with dementia) during the Euronews feature
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Mary Madden Nurse in Charge at St. Brendan’s Community Nursing Unit in Loughrea, being interviewed by Julián López Gómez from Euronews
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Irish Pilot Site – Residential Care Setting

Published: Thursday, 15 February 2018 14:12

2 Irish Pilot Site Residential Care SettingPhase 3 of testing the MARIO robot at the residential care setting pilot site in Ireland consisted of the execution of the assessment methodology, to provide evidence related to the benefits/impacts of the use of a service (companion).

The qualitative and quantitative data collection for the final evaluation phase of the MARIO project was completed in the Irish pilot site between August and September 2017 In total, 29 participants were involved in this phase, 10 of which were people with dementia. The findings provide evidence as to the benefits associated with the use of service/companion robots and establish that service/companion robots are an acceptable part of social care for people with dementia and have an important role to play in combatting the loneliness and isolation


MARIO in Ireland

Published: Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:05

1 MARIO in IrelandMARIO is gaining popularity in Ireland. Last December, MARIO featured on the Irish national RTÉ News. Have a look at the broadcast by RTÉ, which is the highest rated viewership programme in Ireland.



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