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Distinguished lecture: Shelly Levy Tzedek, Ben-Gurion University

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Aug 22

Date and time: 22 August 2023, 13:00-14:00 CEST (UTC +2)
Speaker: Shelly Levy Tzedek, Ben-Gurion University
Title: Social robots for rehabilitation – what is the clinical evidence, and how can barriers to usage be overcome?

Where: Digital Futures hub, Osquars Backe 5, floor 2 at KTH main campus OR Zoom
Meeting ID: 695 6088 7455

Moderator: Iolanda Leite, 
Administrator: Emil Björnson,

Abstract: Social robots have been proposed to assist people in a variety of contexts: from education through healthy aging to rehabilitation. I will describe the context of rehabilitation and how it may differ from others, and will then present the clinical results from our RCT study – the first to use socially assistive robots for long-term rehabilitation in stroke.

Time permitting, I will describe the results of focus groups we held with stakeholders on facilitators and barriers to the incorporation of robotic technology into rehabilitation centres, and provide guidelines for successful implementation.

Bio: Shelly Levy-Tzedek is an associate professor and the director of the Cognition, Aging & Rehabilitation Laboratory at Ben Gurion University. She completed her undergraduate studies, summa cum laude, at UC Berkeley, where she won the Bioengineering departmental citation medal. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), she completed her M.S. and her Ph.D. degrees as an MIT Presidential Fellow and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellow, in the Biomedical Engineering department.

She was chosen as one of Israel’s most promising 40-under-40 by The Marker Magazine for 2016, has won several awards for excellence in research, and spent several months as a guest professor at the University of Freiburg in Germany as part of the EU-funded Marie S. Curie Fellowship Program of Horizon 2020.

She takes a multi-disciplinary approach to her studies, in which her lab team studies the various ways in which interaction with social robots can help users (e.g., to perform rehabilitation exercises, reduce pain, or perform cognitive training).

Shelly Levy-Tzedek is a Digital Futures Scholar-in-Residence during August 2023.

Link to Shelly Levy-Tzedek’s webpage