Rome: August 4th, 2020

Research Activities @ BioLab3

Sensors and devices for biomedical data acquisition


to develop devices and algorithms for the evaluation of motor performance in different sport and leisure activities
In the Lab, an instrumented crank and pedal for the acquisition of the dynamics and pose for spin bike activities has been recently realized in order to make possible to monitor modifications of mechanical variables during the execution of different cycling tasks. BioLab3 is equipped with a force plate for the analysis of the Centre of Pressure, and various prototypes for the acquisistion of Electrophysiological and Mechanical signals.
The use of remote monitoring of the variables under exam makes it possible to extend the application to outdoor activities.

List of publications on the topic

Publications on International Journals

D. Bibbo, S. Conforto, M. Schmid, F. Battisti. The influence of different levels of cognitive engagement on the seated postural sway. Electronics, 9(4): 601, 2020

C. Caramia, C. D'Anna, S. Ranaldi, M. Schmid, S. Conforto. Smartphone-based answering to school subject questions alters gait in young digital natives. Frontiers in Public Health, 8: 187, 2020

D. Bibbo, M. Carli, S. Conforto, F. Battisti. A sitting posture monitoring instrument to assess different levels of cognitive engagement. Sensors, 19(3): 455, 2019

C. Caramia, D. Torricelli, M. Schmid, A. Munoz, J. Gonzalez, F. Grandas, J. Pons. IMU-based Classification of Parkinson's Disease from Gait: a Sensitivity Analysis on Sensor Location and Feature Selection. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, : , 2018

A. Proto, M. Penhaker, S. Conforto, M. Schmid. Nanogenerators for Human Body Energy Harvesting. Trends in Biotechnology, 35(7): 610–624, 2017

C. Caramia, I. Bernabucci, C. D'Anna, C. De Marchis, M. Schmid. Gait parameters are differently affected by concurrent smartphone-based activities with scaled levels of cognitive effort. PLoS One, 12(10): e0185825, 2017

A. Proto, M. Penhaker, D. Bibbo, D. Vala, S. Conforto, M. Schmid. Measurements of generated energy/electrical quantities from locomotion activities using piezoelectric wearable sensors for body motion energy harvesting. Sensors, 16(4): 524-539, 2016

B. Fida, I. Bernabucci, D. Bibbo, S. Conforto, M. Schmid. Varying behavior of different window sizes on the classification of static and dynamic physical activities from a single accelerometer. Medical Engineering and Physics, 37(7): 705-711, 2015

B. Fida, I. Bernabucci, D. Bibbo, S. Conforto, M. Schmid. Pre-processing effect on the accuracy of event-based activity segmentation and classification through inertial sensors. Sensors, 15(9): 23095-23109, 2015

M. Schmid, F. Riganti-Fulginei, I. Bernabucci, A. Laudani, D. Bibbo, R. Muscillo, A. Salvini, S. Conforto. SVM versus MAP on accelerometer data to distinguish among locomotor activities executed at different speeds. Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, 2013: Article ID 343084, 2013

R. Muscillo, M. Schmid, S. Conforto, T. D'Alessio. Early recognition of upper limb motor tasks through accelerometers: real-time implementation of a DTW-based algorithm. Computers in Biology and Medicine, 41(3): 164-172, 2011

R. Muscillo, S. Conforto, M. Schmid, T. D'Alessio. Minimizing the Set Up for ADL Monitoring through DTW Hierarchical Classification on Accelerometer Data. WSEAS Transactions on biology and biomedicine, 3(5): 47-53, 2008

D. Bibbo, S. Conforto, C. Gallozzi, T. D'Alessio. Combining electrical and mechanical data to evaluate muscular activities during cycling. WSEAS Transactions on Biology and Biomedicine, 3: 339-346, 2006

T. D'Alessio. Measurement errors in the scanning of piezoresistive sensor arrays. Sensors and Actuators, Part. A, 72(1): 71-76, 1999

T. D'Alessio, R. Steindler. Slip sensors for the control of grasp in Functional Neuromuscular Stimulation. Medical Engineering and Physics, 14(6): 466 - 470, 1995

Contributions appeared on Proceedings of International Conferences

C. Caramia, D. Bibbo, C. D'Anna, C. De Marchis, S. Ranaldi, T. Varrecchia, S. Conforto, M. Schmid. Wearable-based Temporal Parameters of Gait in Circuitous Routes under Dual-Task Conditions. 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Berlin (Germany): July 23-27, 2019

C. Caramia, I. Bernabucci, C. D'Anna, C. De Marchis, M. Schmid. Gait ratios and variability indices to quantify the effect of using smartphones in dual-task walking. World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering 2018 , Prague, Czech Republic: June 3-7, 2018

C. Caramia, I. Bernabucci, C. D'Anna, C. De Marchis, A. Scorza, , M. Schmid. Wavelet-based detection of gait events from inertial sensors: analysis of sensitivity to scale choice. IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications (MeMeA), Rome, Italy: June 11-13, 2018

C. Caramia, C. De Marchis, M. Schmid. Differentiating the effects of motor and cognitive dual-tasks on gait performance of young healthy subjects. International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation 2018, Pisa, Italy: October 14-16, 2018

A. Proto, L. Peter, M. Cerny, M. Penhaker, D. Bibbo, S. Conforto, M. Schmid. Human body energy harvesting solutions for wearable technologies. IEEE 20th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Applications and Services (Healthcom), Ostrava, Czech Republic: September 17-20, 2018

D. Bibbo, M. Schmid, A. Scorza, S. A. Sciuto, S. Conforto. A novel approach to improve the technical maintenance of biomedical equipment. XIV Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, Paphos, Cyprus: March 31 - April 2, 2016

C. Caramia, I. Bernabucci, S. Conforto, C. De Marchis, A. Proto, M. Schmid. Spatio-temporal gait parameters as estimated from wearable sensors placed at different waist levels. IEEE Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (IECBES), Kuala Lumpur (Malysia): December 4-8, 2016

E. Mattei, F. Censi, M. Triventi, M. Mancini, A. Napolitano, E. Genovese, V. Cannatà, R. Falsaperla, G. Calcagnini. Wrong detection of ventricular fibrillation in an implantable cardioverter defibrillator caused by the movement near the MRI scanner bore. Proceedings of the 37th IEEE-EMBS Conference, Milan, Italy: August, 25 - 29, 2015

B. Fida, D. Bibbo, I. Bernabucci, A. Proto, S. Conforto, M. Schmid. Real time event-based segmentation to classify locomotion activities through a single inertial sensor. 5th EAI International Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare, London, UK: October 14-16, 2015

B. Fida, I. Bernabucci, D. Bibbo, S. Conforto, A. Proto, M. Schmid. The effect of window length on the classification of dynamic activities through a single accelerometer. The 11th IASTED International Conference on Biomedical Engineering (BioMed 2014), Zurich, Switzerland: June 23-25, 2014

E. Mattei, F. Censi, M. Mancini, A. Napolitano, E. Genovese, V. Cannatà, G. Burriesci, R. Falsaperla, G. Calcagnini. Currents induced by fast movements inside the MRI room may cause inhibition in an implanted pacemaker. Proceedings of the 36th IEEE-EMBS Conference, Chicago: August 26-30, 2014

R. Muscillo, G. Severini, M. Schmid, T. D'Alessio. Distinguishing among different lower limb physical activities through a Bayes' classifier applied on features extracted from single-axis accelerometer data. ISPGR 19th conference, Bologna, Italy: June 21-25, 2009

F. Cutolo, C. Mancinelli, S. Patel, N. Carbonaro, M. Schmid, A. Tognetti, D. De Rossi, P. Bonato. A sensorized glove for hand rehabilitation. IEEE 35th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Boston, MA USA: April, 3-5, 2009

F. Draicchio, R. Muscillo, A. Silvetti, R. Don, M. Schmid, T. D'Alessio, G. Sandrini, M. Bartolo, F. Amici, S. Iavicoli, A. Ranavolo. Global biomechanical evaluation during workand daily-life activities. 17th World Congress on Ergonomics (IEA) , Beijing, China: August 9-14, 2009

D. Bibbo, S. Conforto, I. Bernabucci, M. Schmid, T. D'Alessio. A wireless integrated system to evaluate efficiency indexes in real time during cycling. EMBEC '08, Antwerp, Belgium: November 23-27, 2008

S. Conforto, S.A. Sciuto, D. Bibbo, A. Scorza. Calibration of a measurement system for the evaluation of effectiveness index in bicycle training. EMBEC '08, Antwerp, Belgium: November 23-27, 2008

R. Muscillo, D. Bibbo, M. Schmid. A combination of template matching and Bayesian estimation to detect and classify activities of daily living. 19th International Conference BIOSIGNAL, Brno, Czech Republic: June 29 - July 1, 2008

P. Bonato, F. Cutolo, D. De Rossi, R. Hughes, M. Schmid, J. Stein, A. Tognetti. Wearable technologies to monitor motor recovery and facilitate home therapy in individuals post-stroke. ISEK XVII Congress, Niagara Falls, Canada: : June 18-21, 2008

R. Muscillo, S. Conforto, M. Schmid, T. D'Alessio. A hierarchical classifier to monitor ADL through dynamic programming on dual-axis accelerometer data. Proceedings of the 3rd WSEAS International Conference on REMOTE SENSING (REMOTE '07), Venice, Italy: 63-67, 2007

R. Muscillo, S. Conforto, M. Schmid, P. Caselli, T. D'Alessio. Classification of Motor Activities through Derivative Dynamic Time Warping applied on Accelerometer Data. Proceedings of the 29th IEEE-EMBS Conference, Lyon, France: August 23-26, 2007

M.T.S. Watson, D. Bibbo, C.R. Duffy, P.E. Riches, T. D'Alessio, A. Macaluso. Validity and reliability of a novel method for measuring maximal power output during 6-s all-out single legged actions on a frictionally-braked cycle-ergometer. 12th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Jyväskylä, Finland: July 11-14, 2007

P. Caselli, D. Bibbo, M. Schmid, and T. D'Alessio. A wireless intelligent sensor for real time ADL monitoring. XVI International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology ISEK Congress, Torino, Italy: June 29 -July 1, 2006

P. Caselli, D. Bibbo, M. Schmid, and T. D'Alessio. A novel integrated system for patient home monitoring. XVI International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology ISEK Congress, Torino, Italy: June 29 -July 1, 2006

J. Florestal, M. Bura, S. Conforto, M. Schmid, P.A. Mathieu, and T. D'Alessio. Triggerless determination of ballistocardiographic waveforms. XVI International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology ISEK Congress, Torino, Italy: June 29 -July 1, 2006, 2006

J. Florestal, M. Bura, M. Schmid, S. Conforto, P.A. Mathieu, T. D'Alessio. Triggerless determination of ballistocardiographic waveforms. XXIX Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Conference, Vancouver, Canada: June 1-3, 2006

D. Bibbo, M. Schmid, S. Conforto. A wireless instrumented pedal to measure force during cycling. XVI International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology ISEK Congress, Torino, Italy: June 1-3, 2006

P. Caselli, E. Piferi, D. Bibbo, S. Conforto. Elaboration of a minimum number of accelerometric signals for activity monitoring. 6th SIAMOC congress, Tirrenia (PI), Italy: October 26-29, 2005

D. Bibbo, M. Goffredo, S. Conforto, M. Schmid, T. D'Alessio. Experimental setup for evaluating the accuracy of markerless human motion estimation techniques. Proc. IMEKO-IEEE-SICE 2004, Genova, Italy: June 14-16, 2004

T. D'Alessio. Improving the use of Force Sensing Resistors arrays for the measure of hand grasp. MELECON Proceedings, Bari, Italy: 1383-1386, 1996

T. D'Alessio, F. Porfiri, G. M. Di Biase, S. A. Sciuto, R. Steindler. A plastic film resistive sensor array for the measurement of force during hand grasp . SEM Conference Proceedings, Grand Rapids, Michigan - USA: 275-278, 1995

T. D'Alessio, R. Steindler. An optical fiber sensor for slip control in the restoration of grasp with Functional Neuromuscular Stimulation. IMEKO XIII Proceedings, Torino, Italy: 1586-1591, 1994


D. Bibbo, S. Conforto, M. Schmid, T. D'Alessio. Sistema di valutazione dell'efficienza di pedalata di un ciclista. Italian National Patent, I: TO2007A000955, 2007