WIBRANT - Wearable integrated smart brace for rehabilitation monitoring and diagnostic of disorders in muscular functions
Project funding: This project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia
Project Coordinator: SKYLABS
UM FERI Coordinator: dr. Domen Mongus
Other partners: UM FERI, INOVA IT, UM IŠM
Aging population is one of the greatest socioeconomic challenges facing the EU, with considerable effects to national health and care systems. An inevitable decline in muscle strength and functions of elderly, caused by different muscular disorders, locomotor postoperative stages, and degenerative diseases of the locomotor system, thus, represent not only a serious clinical challenge but also imposes important socio-economic impacts.
WIBRANT will address these challenges by developing an innovative wearable in a form of a smart flexible brace that will enable non-invasive and real-time telediagnostics and telerehabilitation of muscular disorders, suited for elderly. WIBRANT will meet this main objective by:
- Integration of a space-certified nano-scale Central Processing Unit into a new generation of smart materials, capable of monitoring muscular functions out of laboratory environment, and
- Development of supporting data analytics platform, capable of fusing captured sensory streams with the information about the remote patient’s surroundings, thus, offering an in-depth view into critical causal relationships for diagnostics.
WIBRANT joins leading experts in spatiotemporal data analytics (i.e. FERI-GEMMA), smart material design (i.e. FERI-MS), nano-electronics (i.e. SKYL), and developers of smart mobile devices (i.e. INOVA) with most prominent experts in diagnostics and treatment of muscular disorders (i.e. ISM) that will bring about this ambitious agenda through a streamlined iterative work plane in a co-creative manner.
The proposed project directly addresses key aspects of the priority area Active and healthy aging in the priority area Health - Medicine, namely smart devices and tools for improving the quality of living for elderly and new services for promoting active aging.
By focusing on standardised platform design, WIBRANT also provides an integrative component to the horizontal ICT network’s main objective that is a holistic ICT platform for smart environments.