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I spent my childhood and adolescence between books and white coats. Medicine was a permanent guest in our house in Rome, crowded with children, pupils, students, discussions and comparisons. Obviously, live with a father, famous professor, was not easy. The household presence of a luminary, however, has decisively contributed to set up my values, inciting me to imitate him and, at the same time, to distinguish myself from him, but anytime according his high moral lesson.

Thus, unique among five sisters, I decided that medicine and research would have been my field of action. In contrary motion and with a bit of ambition, I threw myself headlong in the studies, achieving very positive results for most people, but always judged just sufficient by the family. It’s a classic example. Therefore, I got graduation with full marks, specialization, and a long period working in Paris, with the pleasant feeling of being anonimous, at the laboratory of "Biochimie Genetique" at the “Hopital Cochin”.

NAO Has Arrived

NAO, THE HUMANOID ROBOT AT SAN SALVATORE HOSPITAL
 
Tuesday 11 June at the Pediatric PS of the San Salvatore Hospital (ASL1 L'Aquila-Avezzano-Sulmona) "will clock in" NAO, the latest generation humanoid robot able to interact in a personalized way with small patients thanks to its "intelligence social".
Upon arrival in the emergency room, NAO will help overcome the anxiety, the profound malaise and the intense fear that every child feels in emergency situations.
NAO is part of the project "Robot Therapy in Pediatric Emergency" born from the collaboration between the University of L'Aquila and the Federico II University of Naples.
Children and families will also be able to meet the NAO robot during the Street Science event, which will fill the historic center of L'Aquila with lectures, workshops, shows and interactive exhibitions on 27 September 2019.

VIDEO INTERVIEW:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcYAAMzEV5g&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0Zo-gg13gt6wUvkwrr2RLg3z1GP7fF2zl7wQFjteO8Vcmi15NiJY_t56o

PRESS REVIEW:

https://news-town.it/cultura-e-societa/25318-l-aquila-l-11-giugno-in-ospedale-arriva-nao,-il-robot-che-aiuta-i-bambini.html

http://www.rete8.it/cronaca/456laquila-il-robot-nao-incontra-i-piccoli-pazienti-in-ospedale/

http://www.abruzzoweb.it/contenuti/ospedale-l-aquila-arriva-nao-il-robot-che-aiuta-i-bambini/691500-283/

 

 

New Project: "Robot Therapy In Pediatric Emergency"

NAO, ROBOT THAT SMILE RETURNS TO SICK CHILDREN

At the start the project "Robot Therapy in Pediatric Emergency", a collaboration between the University of L'Aquila and the University Federico II of Naples.
Head of the initiative is Prof. Clara Balsano, Director of the School of Specialization in Emergency Medicine / Urgency, University of L'Aquila and President of the Francesco Balsano Foundation.

From 1 June the pediatric PS of the San Salvatore Hospital (ASL1 L'Aquila-Avezzano-Sulmona), directed by Prof. Alberto Verrotti, will be equipped with a humanoid robot named NAO.
It's called NAO and is a humanoid robot of the last generation able to interface, interact with small patients and interpret their moods and psychophysical conditions thanks to the algorithms they are equipped with. These, combined with clinical and biochemical parameters, will allow NAO, a personalized interaction with the child who, seeing in the robot a sort of super-hero, will be immune from that anxiety and fear that the sight of a white coat can to arouse, at the expense of a fruitful collaboration with the pediatrician. In other words, the "social" intelligence with which NAO is endowed will allow him, under the careful control of the working group directed by Professor Dina Di Giacomo, to interact emotionally with the children. The system of algorithms with which the robot was created will allow it to adapt to the child's behavior in order to intervene positively when alarm signals, suffering or even just mood changes appear.

Not only that, children and families will also be able to meet the NAO robot during the Street Science event, an event that will fill the historic center of L'Aquila with lectures, workshops, shows and interactive exhibitions on 27 September 2019.
The NAO robot software will be studied and implemented by the group headed by Prof. Silvia Rossi, head of the PRISCA laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, University Federico II of Naples.
The project that fits into a broader context aimed at the realization of an Olistic City that will see the light of day in L'Aquila, a city still traumatized by the wounds inflicted by the frightening earthquake of April 6th 2009

PRESS REVIEW:

https://www.tg24.info/rubriche/nao-il-robot-in-corsia-che-restituisce-il-sorriso-ai-malati/https://news-town.it/cultura-e-societa/25055-pronto-soccorso-pediatrico-san-salvatore-ecco-nao

http://www.abruzzoweb.it/contenuti/pediatria-l-aquila-al-via-progetto-nao-il-medico-robot-che-restituisce-il-sorriso-ai-bambini-malati-/689708-283/

https://www.ilcapoluogo.it/2019/05/21/pediatria-arriva-nao-il-robot-che-restituisce-il-sorriso-ai-bambini-malati/

http://www.radiolaquila1.it/eventi/item/42502-nao-al-pronto-soccorso-dell-aquila-un-robot-che-restituisce-il-sorriso-ai-bambini-malati

http://www.ilcentro.it/l-aquila/ecco-nao-il-robot-che-aiuta-i-bambini-1.2228481

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