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Remote Monitoring of Human Movement and Telerehabilitation


Develop and carry out methods for the remote monitoring of activities of daily living, by means of low cost wearable instrumentation, and its integration with telematic systems.
Newly developed wearable sensors for the acquisition of accelerometry and EMG have been developed in the Lab, and different microprocessor controlled systems have been tested to allow transmission of biological data both via Bluetooth ® and via WI-FI.
Efficient and adaptive algorithms for the detection and classification of different activities of daily living from accelerometric signals have been developed.

Company Partnerships

mikroElektronika (external site)
DemItalia (external site)

List of publications on the topic

Publications on International Journals

C. De Marchis, T. Santos Monteiro, C. Simon-Martinez, S. Conforto, A. Gharabaghi. Multi-contact Functional Electrical Stimulation for hand opening: electrophysiologically driven identification of the optimal stimulation site. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 13: 22, 2016

E. Ambrosini, C. De Marchis, A. Pedrocchi, G. Ferrigno, M. Monticone, M. Schmid, T. D'Alessio, S. Conforto, S. Ferrante. Neuro-mechanics of recumbent leg cycling in post-acute stroke patients. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, doi:10.1007/s10439-016-1660-0: , 2016

B. D'Elia, I. Bernabucci, D. Bibbo, S. Conforto, T. D'Alessio, S.A. Sciuto, A. Scorza, M. Schmid. Measuring regularity of fine upper limb movements with a haptic platform for motor learning and rehabilitation. Journal of Clinician and Technology, 46(1): 5-12, 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

M. Schmid. Reinforcing motor re-training and rehabilitation through games: a machine-learning perspective. Frontiers in Neuroengineering, 2: 3, 2009

M. Goffredo, I. Bernabucci, M. Schmid, S. Conforto. A neural tracking and motor control approach to improve rehabilitation of upper limb movements. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 5: 5, 2008

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

Contributions appeared on Proceedings of International Conferences

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

S. Comani, L. Schinaia, G. Tamburro, L. Velluto, S. Sorbi, S. Conforto, B. Guarnieri. Assessing neuro-motor recovery in a stroke survivor with high-resolution EEG, robotics and Virtual Reality. Proceedings of the 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 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

C. De Marchis, E. Ambrosini, S. Ferrante, M. Schmid, M. Monticone, A. Pedrocchi, S. Conforto. Motor modules in assisted-pedaling: preliminary results on healthy subjects. XX ISEK Congress, Rome, Italy: 15-18 July, 2014

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

B. D'Elia, B. Fida, I. Bernabucci, S. Conforto, T. D'Alessio, M. Schmid. The influence of haptic feedback on hand movement regularity in elderly adults. ECCE '13 Proceedings of the 31st European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, Toulouse, france: August 25-28, 2013

B. D'Elia, M. Schmid, I. Bernabucci, M. Goffredo, T. D'Alessio. A Comparison between Influence of Visual and Haptic Feedback on Jerk Indicators in Hand Exercises. Proc. International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation ICNR2012, 1: 317-320, 2012

M. Goffredo, M. Schmid, S. Conforto, T. D'Alessio. 3D Reaching in Visual Augmented Reality using Kinect™: the Perception of Virtual Target. Proc. International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation ICNR2012, vol. 2: 711-715, 2012

C. Grisolia, S. Gazzellini, F. Nocchi, M. Petrarca, V. Cannatà, P. Cappa, T. D'Alessio, E. castelli. An ad hoc fmri protocol to detect changes in neural activity after an intensive robotic rehabilitative protocol in children with hemiplegia. preliminary application to healthy adult volunteers.. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual meeting of the European Academy of Childhood Disability, Rome, Italy: June 8-11, 2011

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

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

R. Muscillo, M. Schmid, S. Conforto. The median point DTW template to classify upper limb gestures performed at different speeds. MBEC '08, Antwerp, Belgium: November 23-27, 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

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

M. Goffredo, I. Bernabucci, M. Schmid, S. Conforto, T. D'Alessio. TwinN-FES: Tracking with Neural Network to assist and restore upper arm movements through smart Functional Electrical Stimulation in hemiplegia. Proc. 2nd ICINCO International Workshop on Biosignal Processing and Classification, Setubal, Portugal: , 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

M. Schmid, D. Demirdjian, R. Hughes, T. D'Alessio, T. Darrell, P. Bonato. Markerless motion capture techniques to facilitate rehabilitation intervention. CIMIT Innovation Congress Boston, Boston, MA - USA: November 6-7, 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

Short and Extended Abstracts appeared on International Journals

M. Schmid, D. Bibbo, S. Conforto, T. D'Alessio. A reverse engineering schema to monitor 3-D control of upper limbs while playing the Wii. Gait & Posture Supplement for SIAMOC Congress, 30(S1): 69-70, 2009

Theses on the topic

Marco Andreoli Studio di fattibilita' sull'utilizzo dei microprocessori dspic nel telemonitoraggio motorio Motor activity telemonitoring using dspic microprocessors
Luca Antonozzi Progettazione e sviluppo di un sistema wireless per il monitoraggio domiciliare -
Andrea Marani Realizzazione di dispositivi per il condizionamento di segnali accelerometrici -