FH Frankfurt - Social Work and Health
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- Faculty for Social Work and
Health researches on the effects of emotional and social robots in different
application fields in the healthcare sector. Though the research does not
involved the developing robots, but rather develops new work designs and
processes for the implementation of robots in the healthcare sector. Thus
enabling independent living with support from emotional and social robots:
the therapeutic seal PARO, toy Dino PLeO and the Tele-presence-robot GIRAFF.
FH – Frankfurt: Faculty for Social Work and Health
- Barbara Klein is professor for organization and
management in social work at the Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main –
University of Applied Sciences in Germany (FH FFM). She organized the
workshop on “Emotional robots – PARO, PLEO and GIRAFF in the Healthcare
Sector” during the EU Robotics week. Her research focuses on new
technologies in the healthcare sector and she developed and implemented an
independent living center displaying assistive technologies such as
innovative light concepts, sensor-based assistive devices and emotional and
Barbara studied at universities in Mainz, Frankfurt and London and graduated
as Dipl.-Soz. at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt in 1984. Here she
completed her doctorate in 1994. For more than 20 years, Barbara worked at
the Fraunhofer Society, Europe´s largest applied research institution. From
1994-1995 she had a Marie-Curie scholarship and did research and lecturing
on quality assurance in the nursing care sector at the University of
Stirling, UK. Coming back to Germany she established a market focus unit
“Public Health” at the Fraunhofer IAO. Since 2007 she is professor at the FH
FFM and was vice dean from 2009-2012.
Since 2007 she is awarded as international fellow at Northumbria University
in Newcastle, England. She participates in the International Collaborative
Network on Risk Construction and Management in Aging Populations and is
member of the Ethics and Medical Committee of ATEGRIS Regionalholding GmbH.
Currently Barbara establishes a network on emotional and social robotics in
order to generate and share knowledge on application fields and effects on
well-being and quality of life..