Developed by a multidisciplinary research team, under the coordination of Octavian Postolache from IT in ISCTE-IUL, project TailorPhy can contribute to improve the quality of physiotherapy sessions.
Using information and communication technologies (ICTs) to monitor physiotherapy exercises. This is the starting point of project TailorPhy - Smart Sensors and Tailored Environments for Phisiotherapy. The main goal of this IT project is the development, application and evaluation of a system of information whose configurations can be tailored to measure the patient´s balance and functional movements during their physiotherapy sessions. “Through this research we wish to contribute to the development of a system that can adapt to the needs of both the users and physiotherapists, to increase the effectiveness of the intervention in general and to help improve the users´ postural control, balance and the control of functional body movements in particular”, explains Octavian Postolache.
The research team designed software applications to allow physiotherapists to manage, in their clinic or remotely, the routines and exercises for the training of upper and lower limbs functional movements; kinect-based applications with serious games (JustPhysioKidding, Apple Harvesting) for training the upper limbs movements; kinect-based application with serious games for training the lower limbs movements and overall body balance (Step the Tile, Leaning); application based on Leap Motion Controller for training the hands movements; and application for monitoring the physiotherapy results of patients using a walker by measuring the pressure center distribution during the gait.
For example, JustPhysiokidding is a platform that can help in the physical rehabilitation of children suffering from brain paralysis. These games engage children in doing the repetitive movements defined by a therapist as necessary for their physical rehabilitation. “Using the interface, the therapist can analyse the collected data” - said André Antunes, one of the researchers involved in this project - which allows monitoring the rehabilitation and the patient improvements.
Joel Rodrigues, a collaborator of IT, was recently elected for the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), and appointed as the Director for Conference Development for the biennium 2018-2019.
As described in the IEEE ComSoc official website (https://www.comsoc.org/about), the society aggregates “a diverse group of global industry professionals with a common interest in advancing all communications technologies”.
Joel Rodrigues explained us what will be is role as Director for Conference Development – “I am in charge of managing the entire ComSoc conference portfolio, as well as the promotion of the conferences that apply to be part of this portfolio and the management of the application process, evaluation and decision about the international conferences that are applying for Technical Co -Sponsorship of IEEE ComSoc, the use of the logos and the publishing of the proceedings on IEEExplorer".
Joel Rodrigues is also the Past-Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on eHealth, the Past-chair of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Communications Software, a Steering Committee member of the IEEE Life Sciences Technical Community, a Publications co-Chair, and Member Representative of the IEEE Communications Society on the IEEE Biometrics Council. He was also recently appointed a Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE ComSoc (see https://www.it.pt/News/NewsPost/3401).