THERAPIST: Towards an Autonomous Socially Interactive Robot for Motor and Neurorehabilitation Therapies for Children


Neurorehabilitation therapies exploiting the use-dependent plasticity of our neuromuscular system are devised to help patients who suffer from injuries or diseases of this system. These therapies take advantage of the fact that the motor activity alters the properties of our neurons and muscles, including the pattern of their connectivity, and thus their functionality. Hence, a sensor-motor treatment where patients makes certain movements will help them (re)learn how to move the affected body parts. But these traditional rehabilitation processes are usually repetitive and lengthy, reducing motivation and adherence to the treatment, and thus limiting the benefits for the patients.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Informatics and Digital Engineering > Computer Science
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Additional Information: ©Luis Vicente Calderita, Luis J Manso, Pablo Bustos, Cristina Suárez-Mejías, Fernando Fernández, Antonio Bandera. Originally published in JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology (, 07.10.2014. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work, first published in JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology, is properly cited. The complete bibliographic information, a link to the original publication on, as well as this copyright and license information must be included.
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Published Date: 2014-10-07
Authors: Calderita, Luis V.
Manso, Luis J. (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-2616-1120)
Bustos, Pablo
Sanchez-Mejias, Cristina
Fernandez, Fernando
Bandera, Antonio J.



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