Agent-based Memory Prosthesis to Encourage Reminiscing (AMPER))

Award Number
Research Grant
Status / Stage
1 March 2022 -
28 February 2026
Duration (calculated)
03 years 11 months
Funding Amount
Funder/Grant study page
Contracted Centre
University of Strathclyde
Principal Investigator
 Mario Alfredo Parra Rodriguez 
PI Contact
WHO Catergories
Development of novel therapies
Tools and methodologies for interventions
Disease Type
Alzheimer's Disease (AD)

CPEC Review Info
Reference ID660
ResearcherReside Team


Award NumberEP/V05564X/1
Status / StageActive
Start Date20220301
End Date20260228
Duration (calculated) 03 years 11 months
Funder/Grant study pageEPSRC
Contracted CentreUniversity of Strathclyde
Funding Amount£397,225.00


Older age groups are the fastest growing sector of the population because of the post-war baby boom population and increased life expectancy. Neurological changes are commonly observed in ageing populations including Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and other dementias. AD patients tend to become withdrawn and depressed due to communication problems and loss of confidence.

However memory loss in people with AD occurs in reverse chronological order so that pockets of long-term memory remain accessible even as the disease progresses. AMPER’s main technological challenge is the development of an agent with a novel human-like autobiographical memory model that tells stories to encourage reminiscing using individualised repositories of life experiences in real-world social contexts.

AMPER will apply user-centred design with AD individuals and their carers to create such an agent. This will perform a carer-assisted intervention for personalised reminiscence, telling stories and bringing to the surface memories residing in the still viable regions of the brain. The project will collect both generationally relevant and personally relevant multi-media materials organised and reorganised by the agent’s autobiographical memory. It will test the acceptability and effectiveness of both graphical and table-top robot agents.

Autobiographical memory provides a reflection of “self” enabling an individual to relive an event. By building a technological bridge to unique life experiences and aiding recollection, an AD individual’s sense of value, importance and belonging may be restored.

The project aims to create a meaningful technology that is accessible as well as responsive to an individual’s changing needs and experiences.

The project will work with the charity Sporting Memories, already involved in reminiscence support, with the NHS Scotland Neuroprogressive and Dementia Network, the University of Edinburgh Centre for Dementia Prevention, and the Latin American Network for Dementia Research, forming its Steering Committee. Craig Ritchie, of the Centre for Dementia Prevention partner, will also bring in Scottish Dementia Research Consortium and Brain Health Scotland as Steering Committee members.


The project aims to create a meaningful technology that is accessible as well as responsive to an individual’s changing needs and experiences.