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Symposium to Promote Use of Gerontechnology

On 11 October, CADENZA: A Jockey Club Initiative for Seniors staged the 6th CADENZA Symposium with the theme 'Matching Technology to Needs' to discuss how technology can improve the quality of life of elderly people. CUHK Vice-Chancellor Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung joined Secretary for Food and Health Dr. Ko Wing-man (2nd right), The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) deputy chairman Dr. Simon S.O. Ip (2nd left) and Elderly Commission chairman Prof. Alfred C.M. Chan (1st left), to officiate at the opening ceremony.

Key speakers included seal robot inventor Dr. Takanori Shibata; robotics expert Prof. Xu Yangsheng, President of CUHK (Shenzhen); and The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute bio-medical electronics manager Ms. Alice Chow. Latest hi-tech devices were showcased, including a therapeutic seal robot called PARO, which was newly introduced to Hong Kong; a calligraphy robot for upper-limb exercise called Callibot; as well as the world's smallest reflective device developed by a local institute to measure blood oxygen content and heart rate.

Established by the HKJC Charities Trust in 2006, CADENZA is a service programme targeted at the elderly which is led by Prof. Jean Woo, chairman, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, CUHK.