Interaction

Training and monitoring of daily-life physical INTERACTION with the environment after stroke  (FP7-287351)

 

Starting date: 01/11/2011; closing date: 31/10/2014; total project cost: 3,872,936 Euros; total EC funding: 2,620,000 Euros.

 

The project’s mission was to develop and validate an unobtrusive and modular system for monitoring daily life activities and for training of upper and lower extremity motor function in stroke subjects. Persons who suffered a stroke are trained to recover adequate control over their movements with the objective to optimize their daily-life functional performance. Critical is how good they are able to physically interact with the daily-life environment, including handling objects, controlling body balance during functional ambulation and while interacting with the environment.

Continuous daily-life monitoring of the functional activities of stroke survivors in their physical interaction with the environment is essential for optimal guidance of rehabilitation therapy by medical professionals and coaching of the patient. Such performance information cannot be obtained with present monitoring systems.

Within INTERACTION project  an unobtrusive and modular system for monitoring daily life activities has been developed and validated, the system has been used to monitor the physical interactions with the environment and for training of upper and lower extremity motor function in stroke subjects.

The major objectives achieved during  INTERACTION project were:

  • Develop and evaluate instrumented textile that unobtrusively senses muscle activation (EMG), interaction forces with the environment and body movements, integrating textile-based and micromechanical sensors. This has been modularly implemented in shoes, trousers, shirt and gloves.
  • Develop and evaluate methods for qualitative and quantitative assessment of the dynamic interaction of a person with the environment, identifying his/her activity tasks during daily-life and evaluating the quality of performance of these tasks applying task-dependent performance criteria.
  • Develop and evaluate adequate telesupervision and intelligent on-body feedback technology, well integrated in clinical training concepts.
  • Evaluate the system in a constructed clinical setting, simulating daily-life conditions. This includes validation of the quantitative measures against gold standard lab systems, including quantitative lab-bound 3D movement analysis and force plates, and validation against standard clinical tests.
  • Demonstrate the INTERACTION proof-of-concept under daily-life-conditions in stroke survivors.