Music, Robotics and AI for Care

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Design Studio 2 E05

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Music, Robotics and AI for Care: Using Technology to Bring Music into the Lives of People in Care

Please join us for an exciting workshop that forms part of the CATCH networking lunch series.

Awareness of the tremendous potential for music to help people in care has been growing. However, effective, affordable provision of music for all is a significant challenge. Furthermore, additional research needs to be done to establish what forms of engagement with music are most effective and for whom. New technologies, such as robotics and AI, are opening entirely novel possibilities for bringing music to people in care. Realising the potential of bringing music and new, smart technologies together for the benefit of people in care will require a significant, collaborative, cross-disciplinary effort.

This workshop aims to bring together those researchers at the University interested in these topics to start a dialogue to address this exciting challenge and to lay foundations for future research bids in this area.

All are welcome to attend but the workshop is mainly of interest to those who want to take part in a discussion on Music, Robotics and AI for Care.

Please note that unlike previous CATCH networking lunches, which contain informal talks as well as time for networking, this event will start with a 30 minute networking lunch followed by a 2-hour formal workshop. If you just want to attend the lunch this is fine, please indicate this on the booking page.

Workshop Format

Part I - Short Presentations (1 hour)

Speakers from the University of Sheffield:

  • Dr Renee Timmers, Department of Music

  • Dr Sarah K. Smith, Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS)

  • Mr Aejaz Zahid, The Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH)

  • Prof. Adrian Moore, Department of Music

  • Prof. Guy Brown, Department of Computer Science

  • Dr Jonathan Aitken, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Part II - Ideas Generation (1 hour)

How can robotics and AI help to bring music into the lives of people in care?
Group work and discussion will focus on two broad (and overlapping) themes:

Theme 1: 'Music making'
Possible topics for discussion include:

  • Novel interfaces for music making

  • Virtual and augmented reality/immersive technologies

  • Smart instruments

  • Human-robot music making

  • Improvisation

  • Music making and dementia

Theme 2: 'Accessing music'
Possible topics for discussion include:

  • Encouraging music use, increasing engagement

  • Independent music use

  • Novel interfaces, immersive technologies

  • Music and mobility

  • Simplifying music and sounds

  • Music for people living with dementia


(Image used courtesy of Softbank Robotics Europe [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons)

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Pam Liversidge Building

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Design Studio 2 E05

Sheffield

S1 3JD

United Kingdom

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