MRM & MAC - MARCS Research Meeting and MARCS Afternoon Colloquium 7th December 2021

Event Name MRM & MAC - MARCS Research Meeting and MARCS Afternoon Colloquium 7th December 2021
Start Date 7th Dec 2021 11:00 am
End Date 7th Dec 2021 1:00 pm
Duration 2 hours

Join us at the next MARCS Meeting as we host an eventful MRM and MAC program with talks from Professor Anthony Harris and invited guest Doctor David Silvera.

NOTE: We have been hosting hybrid  sessions (zoom + in-person) MRMs as we return to the campus. You can now attend MRMs in person at Bankstown Campus or Werrington South Campus.

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11am-12pm - MARCS Research Meeting

Topic: unWIRED - integrating mHealth devices into clinical care
Speaker: Prof Anthony Harris

Most clinical work still operates retrospectively with small amounts of information becoming available to the clinician on an irregular basis when contact is made by the patient telling them about past events. Recent innovations in digital health make a more dynamic interchange of clinically important information possible, however systems to access and understand this information are lacking in public mental health services.  The unWIRED project seeks to develop experience and capacity in digital health in a study of young people with severe mental illness in Sydney.  This presentation will describe the development of the scientific goals and infrastructure developed for this project.

12pm-1pm – MARCS Afternoon Colloquium

Topic: Towards Socially-Assistive Robotics in Health and Education
Speaker: Dr David Silvera, Australian e-Health Research Centre, CSIRO

A recent trend in robotics is the development of social robots to support healthcare service delivery. Social robots have been shown to be valuable teaching and therapy aids, encouraging positive behaviours, social communication and sensory processing in children and adolescents. Research has also shown positive impacts on psychological functioning in older adults, including a decrease in depressive symptoms and loneliness scores. This presentation will discuss some of the work we have done to increase our understanding on how social robots impact social interactions, and specifically how robots can be used to support healthcare service delivery.

David is a Senior Research Scientist at the CSIRO’s Australian e-Health Research Centre, the leading national research facility applying information and communication technology to improve health services for Australians. He is passionate about the transformation of healthcare through robotics and digital enhancements. He is a mechatronics/robotics researcher working in a variety of topics in sensing, human-robot interaction (HRI), data mining, and predictive analytics. He has significant experience is the design, development, delivery and evaluation of interactive technologies to improve healthcare service delivery and lifestyle. His specialties are in the areas of: socially-assistive robotics, Autism, the autonomous interpretation of human behaviour using machine learning techniques and tactile sensing for robotics applications. David has published multiple articles in leading refereed international journals, book chapters and international conference and workshops. He has created national and international collaborations and received multiple international awards.

We thank you for your continued attendance at the MRM's and look forward to seeing you again.
MARCS staff and students are reminded that all meetings and workshops have an important role in building and maintaining the sense of community which is central to the success of MARCS as a cooperative and energetic research institute.

Disclaimer: All the MRM meetings are recorded on Zoom for future access to MARCS members.

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