Work at the ICT-Robotic Indipendent Living Laboratory at Heriot-Watt University tackles the national priority of caring for the elderly and the steeply rising costs and strain of healthcare provision and services. Robots and autonomous systems, combined with AI, digital infrastructure and connected data systems have the potential to revolutionise the future provision of social care, and ultimately create connected care ecosystem linking home, residential and hospital care as a continuum.

Our research focus is the development of innovative, user-friendly, interactive and modular independent living systems combining ICT and Robotic technology working together to assist humans, triage issues and facilitate communication and connectivity as part of personalised and connected social care practices.

The laboratory is part of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics. The Centre harnesses the potential of 30 world leading investigators from 12 cross disciplinary research groups and institutes across Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. The research and training focus is on the broad classes of physical and cognitive interactions between robots, people, environments and autonomous systems.