A researcher from the University of Gloucestershire has been named as one of the Nation's Lifesavers
The Nation’s Lifesavers are the top 100 individuals or groups based in universities whose work is saving lives or making a life-changing difference
Zayd Dawood, from the School of Business and Technology, has been recognised for his work with Service Robotics Ltd, developing healthcare robots to monitor and assist the daily life of the elderly.
The robot, called the Genie Connect, uses Artificial Intelligence technology to support independent living, providing services ranging from medication reminders to alerting emergency contacts in the event of an accident.
Zayd said ''The public has become versed with the terms 3D cinema, virtual reality and augmented reality – but we're now entering an era of technology that is driven by robots and AI''
''It's great to be working with Service Robotics Ltd and with an advanced system. The robots will enable the university to teach the next generation of technological development and we're looking forward to making some apps on the robot, almost like an Alexa on Legs.”
Professor Dame Janet Beer, President Universities UK, said “When people think of lifesavers they tend to focus on the dedication and skill of our doctors, nurses, carers, and paramedics – many of whom are trained at universities''
''Every day, up and down the country, universities are also working on innovations to transform and save lives. Research taking place in universities is finding solutions to so many of the health and wellbeing issues we care about and the causes that matter''
“By proudly working in partnership with charities, the NHS and healthcare organisations, universities are responsible for some of our biggest health breakthroughs and in revolutionising the delivery of care.''