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Wearable Technology in Neurorehabilitation How to Make Sense of Data Gathered Using Wearable Sensors

Significant progress in computer technologies, solid-state micro sensors, and telecommunication has advanced the possibilities for individual health monitoring systems. A variety of compact, unobtrusive sensors are available today and it is expected that more will be available in the near future. This talk will discuss this rapidly evolving technology in the context of applications in neurorehabilitation. Measuring motor functions and associated systemic responses is key in physical medicine and rehabilitation to effectively plan and adapt clinical interventions as a function of the observed response on a patient-by-patient basis. Data processing and analysis will be discussed as a key issue to make progress toward the clinical application of wearable systems. Procedures can rely on advanced signal processing and data mining methods to identify features of the recorded data that capture the desired clinical information. Development of data processing and analysis procedures will be discussed in the context of integrating laboratory and clinical assessments with data gathered in the field for the purpose of designing clinical interventions aimed at enhancing mobility in individuals with neurological conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and traumatic brain injury.

Type of Seminar:
Public Seminar
Prof. Paolo Bonato
Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
Jul 03, 2009   11.00 /

ETH Zentrum, Building ML, Room F34
Contact Person:

Prof. S. Micera
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Biographical Sketch:
Paolo Bonato, PhD serves as Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA, he is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, and he is member of the Affiliated Faculty of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Dr. Bonato is IEEE Senior Member, IEEE EMBS AdCom elected member, and President of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology. He served as Chair of the IEEE EMBS Technical Committee on Wearable Biomedical Sensors and Systems in 2008 and now as member of the committee. Dr. Bonato has co-authored more than 40 research papers and 150 conference proceedings. His research work is focused on rehabilitation technology.