Using robotics to support patients in hospital and at home

We want to build on our proven track record in robotics to tackle some of the most challenging issues facing professionals in healthcare today, from providing important new tools for surgeons to assessing the activity levels of people before and after operations; and developing devices for monitoring decline in frail, elderly people.

Using robotics to support patients in hospital and at home

Our progress so far

Brookes has engaged in world-leading research in artificial intelligence for more than 10 years. We recently opened a new Cognitive Robotics Laboratory which includes four humanoid robots, enabling us to research areas including human-robot interaction and bio-inspired robotics. 

Our ambitions


Robotics can help surgeons to operate more safely and effectively. It can provide 3D images of the organs and tumours they are operating on, by using computer vision and sensor fusion to fuse pre-operation scans with real-time images. Robotics can also help to assess a person’s activity levels pre- and post-operation, leading to speedier recovery and shorter waiting times.


How we look after our frail elderly people is one of society’s most pressing issues. Working with Brookes specialists in movement science, we can develop monitoring devices, for example a wristband or smartphone sensors, to help assess people’s mobility and diagnose conditions based on movement.

Robotic technology could also be used to assess the emotional state of the elderly, helping elderly people to stay at home longer and more safely, and providing support for depression and those with Alzheimer’s disease.

How you can help

If you are motivated to help us deliver life-saving and life enhancing research in robotics, donations of all sizes will help to make this vision a reality. By supporting our Technology Fund, your gift will make a difference to patients and our healthcare professionals well into the future.

Case study

Robot technologies offer great promise in helping us to meet some of the most demanding needs of today’s society, particularly in the area of health, where robots can be used to help disabled people, to support frail or elderly people, and to make positive contributions to the quality of life of many individuals.

Dr Nigel Crook, Head of Computing and Communication Technologies, Oxford Brookes University