NEW blog page: Research – Postdoc(s)

I’ve added a brand new page¬†to my blog! Just click here (or keep on reading this post) to know a bit more about my current research interests.

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My biomedical and robotics engineering multidisciplinary background, along with the experience gained in the course of my doctoral program, allow me to accomplish different tasks. My main research interests are briefly summarized below.

Development of a software for hand rehabilitation

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A 3D interface developed in Unity3D (C# language) is proposed for the purpose of¬†processing in real time¬†the data collected by one Leap Motion Controller connected to a common personal computer. The¬†movements¬†required by the¬†rehabilitation program¬†can be recorded by the¬†physiotherapist¬†and saved by the software as a set of¬†reference models. The user is asked to¬†select the¬†movement they wish to practice via the Leap Motion Controller, thus without any invasive external device. Throughout the whole rehabilitation exercise, the software is able to detect in real time the orientation of¬†the user’s¬†hand phalanges and palm;¬†those data are compared to the reference model¬†(white hand in the figure above) and the accuracy of the performed movement is shown in real time by means of three different colors (green, orange and red segments in the figure above). The speed and the difficulty of the exercises can be progressively adjusted to the¬†user’s needs: this allows¬†to continuously provide challenging exercises as well as to keep track of the user’s improvements in accuracy. Besides being extremely low-cost and non-invasive, the proposed 3D¬†interface is really user-friendly and is mainly¬†intended to speed up the whole rehabilitation process.

Development of a lower limb exoskeleton for partial body weight support

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My current research focuses on the design and manufacturing of a lower limb exoskeleton for partial body weight support. Such assistive devices is intended to be proposed to the following two communities:

  • those people who suffer from muscle weakness problems (ie:¬†upon long periods of hospitalisation, after injuries or accidents);
  • those subjects¬†who need specific rehabilitation programs where the residual mobility capabilities need to¬†be progressively¬†enhanced¬†by¬†lightweight and energy-efficient devices.

The key idea consists in joining the support provided by crutches and walkers to the advantages brought by a legged structure. The proposed lower limb exoskeleton should be as much portable¬†as possible;¬†partial body weight support should be continuously provided to the patient, so as to relieve a part of the efforts experienced by the lower limb muscles during daily life activities. The design must be at the same time robust and efficient, in order to provide support without affecting the user’s posture, balance and stability. Gait analysis is meant to be performed in real time during normal walking¬†by processing¬†the data of¬†specific¬†sensors (embedded in the shoe soles)¬†collected by¬†a compact Arduino system.

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for my¬†blog. Thank you very much, readers and followers! ūüôā

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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not bad… 2012 in review ^^

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

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