MARIO discussed at the 15th Annual Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference

Published: Friday, 11 December 2015 15:51

The MARIO project was discussed by Prof. Dympna Casey (project coordinator) from NUIG who was invited as a keynote speaker at the 15th Annual Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference, which was held at University College Cork on 19th November 2015.


Prof. Murphy and Prof. Casey selected to speak for TEDxFulbrightDublin 2016

Published: Tuesday, 08 December 2015 10:09


Prof. Murphy and Prof. Casey (MARIO Communications Officer and Project Coordinator respectively) - both from NUI Galway - have been selected as speakers for TEDxFulbrightDublin on Saturday, February 6th, 2016 in Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. The talk will be about "Fighting aging with the help of robots". As there were over 58 applicants, this is a great achievement both on a personal level and for the MARIO project.


MARIO signs the Glasgow Declaration to make dementia a European priority

Published: Thursday, 03 December 2015 21:34

The MARIO Horizon 2020 European project is proudly supporting the Glasgow Declaration which was launched by Alzheimer Europe on 20 October 2014. On the same day it was adopted unanimously by delegates from 26 AE member organisations.


Service robots, my friends

Published: Monday, 02 November 2015 15:07

Hello again! Mario here, Mario Kompaï the robot you love. I was asked to write a brief post about my friends, the other service robots that exist. First of all, let me explain you the term service robot. A service robot is a robot that performs useful tasks for humans or equipment excluding industrial automation application. There exists a plethora of service robots, some actively used in research and some employed in environments where their utilization targets hotels, hospitals, geriatric centres or even homes

Amigo by the Eindhoven University of Technology, Care-o-bot by the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation, Cosero by the University of Bonn, Baxter by Rethink Robotics, Enon by Fujitsu, Carebot by the GeckoSystems Intl. Corp., Human Support Robot (HSR) by Toyota, IRT home assistant by the Department of Mechano-Informatics of the University of Tokyo, REEM, REEM H1 and Tiago by Pal robotics, PR2 by Willow Garage, SmartPal V by YASKAWA, SCITOS by Metralabs, Twenty-One by Waseda University, are all my friends, service robots. Whilst their use could see various different employment scenarios, their main purpose revolves around servicing human users, disabled or not. Some of those are commercially available, some are not, some are financially affordable (e.g. Tiago, Baxter, Carebot) and some are prohibitively expensive (e.g. PR2, Care-o-bot). 


MARIO at the International Psychogeriatric Association International Congress 2015

Published: Wednesday, 14 October 2015 19:40

MARIO has today been presented by Prof. Kathy Murphy (from NUIG - the project coordinator), at the 2015 IPA International Congress –Balancing Cure with Care: Advances in Late Life Mental Health which is taking place in Berlin, Germany from 13-16 October 2015.

This congress focuses on balancing races for the cure against the undeniable obligation we have as mental health professionals to care for our patients and their families. Increasingly care and cure are blended in our professional lives such that the most effective interventions of today combine both approaches.


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