As part of the Swiss delegation trip to Japan, gerontologist Sabina Misoch participated in the Switzerland-Japan Economic Forum. Together with her Japanese research colleague Takanori Shibata, she formed part of a panel that attempted to answer the question of whether an ageing society can be a driver of innovation. After the forum, it was time for the Spring Ball, which had a Japanese princess as its guest of honour.
Japan’s Takanori Shibata developed the PARO therapeutic robot almost 20 years ago. Today, PARO is used in geriatric care in over 30 countries worldwide. At the invitation of Sabina Misoch, Head of the Interdisciplinary Competence Centre for Ageing at the FHS St.Gallen, the scientist visited St.Gallen last week for a lecture – and he had a hidden surprise in his luggage.
On a research trip to Japan, Sabina Misoch, Head of the Interdisciplinary Competence Centre for Ageing, presented her Living Lab project to international scientists and industry representatives. But the meeting almost didn’t happen.
«PARO» is a robotic seal that is used around the world to help treat people with dementia. It was invented by Takanori Shibata from Japan. Sabina Misoch, Head of the Interdisciplinary Competence Centre for Ageing at the FHS St.Gallen, met up with him on her research trip to Japan.
During her first week in Japan, Sabina Misoch visited Robo Universe Exhibition, which is part of the CEATEC Fair in Tokyo. Her goal: to find out about new robot systems and connect with potential industrial partners for the Living Lab project in Switzerland. The gerontologist had to overcome unexpectedly high language barriers and came across some rather strange (new) robots – such as a cat without a head.
Sabina Misoch, Head of the Interdisciplinary Competence Centre for Ageing at the FHS St.Gallen, is travelling to Japan at the end of September for a five-week research trip. The gerontologist and project manager of the national innovation network “Age(ing) in Society” will discuss (new) technological solutions with scientists and practitioners, as well as connecting with potential research partners. In an interview, she reveals which highlights are on the agenda, what she has the most respect for, and how she is preparing for Japanese culture.