REF 2021 Impact Case Study: Robotics research improves support for autism spectrum disorder and stroke patients


Description of impact

Delivering care to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and victims of a stroke is particularly time consuming and expensive. Deploying the results of our research provides a 20% cost reduction in the former and a 10% reduction in average treatment periods for the latter. The ASD research has so far benefitted over 300 patients globally. Our rehabilitation research also reached hundreds of patients globally and led directly to the expansion of a local health technology company. We achieved this through the development of new technology and the drafting and dissemination of practice guidelines, both nationally and internationally, for autism intervention and post-stroke rehabilitation. Our multi-sensory fusion, computational intelligence and robotics research has led to new facial-recognition techniques, robot-enhanced therapies, physiological sensing technologies, human behaviour analysis and multi-fingered robotic hand prosthetics by the University of Portsmouth (UoP). This has changed the way the health sector provides support for patients with long-term health conditions.
Impact statusClosed
Impact date20102019


  • REF2021