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Seminar | PARO: The World’s Most Therapeutic Robot

31 Oct 18:00
Auditório 2, Quelhas


On the 31 st of October, Professor Takanori Shibata, the creator of the PARO robot, will be at ISEG to talk about the development of the robot and its practical applications, as well as its possible use in today's society.

Takanori Shibata is the lead researcher of the Human Informatics Research Institute of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and a Visiting Assistant at the AgeLab of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The event is coordinated by ISEG, the Japanese Embassy, and the Japan Foundation.

The seminar starts at 18.00, in Auditorium 2 (Quelhas), and will also count on the presence of Professor Joaquim Ramos Silva (ISEG). 

Free entrance, subject to pre-enrolment on  


Robo-therapy uses robots to replace animals, representing a new application of robots in the field of social security and patient care. Robot therapy began with the seal robot "PARO", in 1993.

PARO was first sold in Japan in 2005, and later in Europe and the USA in 2009.

Approximately 4,000 PAROs have been sold until now in more than 30 countries for use in hospitals and health care clinics.

Recent clinical trials have shown that robot therapy has a similar effect on patients to animal therapy. There is much evidence of the therapeutic effect of PARO in patients with dementia, particularly older people, with the differences being shown by observing patients before and after interacting with the robot.

PARO can reduce the use of psychotropic drugs, constituting a non-pharmacological approach. It also enables the reduction of the time of nursing care, as well as medical costs and social care.
Further information HERE