Research

National Project

Advanced methods for the study of cortical connectivity during simple visuo-motor tasks
Tipologia: National Project - PRIN 2008
Responsabile: Prof. Mauro Ursino (Scientific Coordinator)
Sede: BO - University of Bologna
Unità coinvolte: University of Bologna; University of Milan; Polytechnic of Milan; University of Rome "La Sapienza"
Descrizione
The study of neural mechanisms involved in visuo-motor tasks is of high relevance in neuro-engineering due to the significant practical and theoretical outcomes. However, quantitative instruments suitable for data analysis, synthesis of knowledge and employment in practical problems are still missing. The aim of the project is to develop advanced techniques for the analysis of EEG and for the assessment of cortical connectivity during simple visual-motor tasks.
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AERTECH Lab
Tipologia: National Project - Programma regionale per ricerca industriale, innovazione, trasferimento tecnologico.
Responsabile: Guido Avanzolini
Sede: BO - University of Bologna
Unità coinvolte: DEIS, DIEM (Un. BO), AIAS onlus, ARCA Tecnologie s.r.l.; CON.AMI, DII DISMI (Un. MO e RE); DII (Un. PR); Endif (Un FE); IMA S.p.A.; INAIL; IOR; LUCE; MONTECATONE; Arcispedale S.Anna (FE); SACMI, T3LAB
Descrizione
Il Laboratorio intende operare perseguendo come obiettivo di ricerca industriale e trasferimento tecnologico lo studio metodologico e la prototipazione di sistemi elettronici di acquisizione, elaborazione dati e controllo, sistemi robotici per il supporto alla riabilitazione e protesica (area “people”) e per la diagnosi, supervisione e controllo di sistemi industriali, robotici e veicolari (area “manufacturing”).
Link: http://www.aertech-lab.it

Brain-to-brain connectivity from simultaneous neuroelectric and autonomic multi-subjects recordings
Tipologia: National Project - FIRB - Futuro in Ricerca 2013
Responsabile: Laura Astolfi
Sede: RM - University of Roma "La Sapienza"
Unità coinvolte: Sapienza Università di Roma, Università di Bologna
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EUreCA – Effects of Uremia on Cardiac Activity: In-vivo, in-vitro and in-silico analysis
Tipologia: National Project - PRIN 2007
Responsabile: Stefano Severi
Sede: BO - University of Bologna
Unità coinvolte: Dept. Electronics, Computer Science and Systems (Univ. Bologna); Dept. Clinical Veterinary (Univ. Bologna); Dept. Experimental Medicine (Univ. Milano-Bicocca)
Descrizione
This project aims to: (1) increase the knowledge regarding the several mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis and in the development of uremic cardiomyopathy; (2) identify target/solutions to improve patients’ cardiovascular tolerance during the therapy with artificial kidney; (3) characterize an experimental and computational model of heart/cardiomyocyte of uremic rabbit.
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Ingegneria della chirurgia pelvica
Tipologia: National Project - PRIN
Responsabile: Giovanni Grasso
Sede: CT - University of Catania
Unità coinvolte: UNICT, POLITO, UNIFI
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Sistema di monitoraggio remoto della funzione motoria di persone a rischio o anziane
Tipologia: National Project - Protocollo REGIONE LAZIO – CRUL
Responsabile: Prof. Aurelio Cappozzo
Sede: RM - University of Roma "Foro Italico"
Unità coinvolte:
Descrizione
Obiettivo generale del presente progetto è quello di sviluppare un sistema di monitoraggio che consenta di ottenere informazioni sui movimenti locomotori eseguiti da un soggetto sia durante le normali attività della vita quotidiana in ambito domestico (valutazione della prestazione motoria), che durante l’esecuzione di protocolli motori selezionati per stimare quantitativamente l’abilità motoria di un individuo (valutazione della capacità motoria). Il monitoraggio si potrà applicare anche ai movimenti eseguiti durante il trattamento.
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SurgAid
Tipologia: National Project - PRIN 2007
Responsabile: Local (University of Bologna) Alessandro Sarti
Sede: BO - University of Bologna
Unità coinvolte: Polytechnic of Milano, University of Milano, University of Bologna
Descrizione
New methods for diagnosis and support in mitral valve surgery repair procedures based on the integration of finite element modelling and 4D echocardiographic advanced image processing
Link: http://www.surgaid.org

Un approccio multimodale per lo studio della biomeccanica del ginocchio umano sano e patologico
Tipologia: National Project - PRIN 2008
Responsabile: Luca Cristofolini
Sede: BO - University of Bologna
Unità coinvolte: Dept. Electronics, Computer Science and Systems (DEIS) and Dept. Mechanical, Nuclear, Aviation, and Metallurgical Engineering (DIEM) at University of Bologna
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International Project (European)

CAMMI-Cognitive Adaptive Man-Machine Interface
Tipologia: International Project (European) - JTI
Responsabile: Magda Balerna, Galileo Avionica
Sede: BO - University of Bologna
Unità coinvolte: CAMMI project is proposed by a consortium of 12 partners from 6 EU Member States (Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, France, Belgium and The Netherlands). Prof. Chiari is involved in the project.
Descrizione
The CAMMI Project is developing technologies for intelligent multi-modal interactive systems especially addressing the user’s interaction with adaptive context-aware systems. Application relevance is focused to a set of different domains like next-generation flight-management systems for aircraft, UAV for Civil and security applications, Infrastructure Management Systems and high-speed Driver Assistance Systems in the automotive and rail domains.
Link: http://www.cammi.eu

CRH-BME Curricula Reformation and Harmonisation in the field of Biomedical Engineering
Tipologia: International Project (European) - TEMPUS
Responsabile: Local Rita Stagni (University of Bologna)
Sede: BO - University of Bologna
Unità coinvolte: 23 partners from 19 countries (GR, B, BG, CZ, EST, H, I, LV, PL, RO, SLO, E, S, HR, SRB, ARM, AZ, GE, IL)
Descrizione
Main objective is to update existing curricula in BME field in order to meet recent and future developments and address new emerging BME job market demands. Main objective will be achieved by: (1) extensive review of the curricula in the field of BME education (2) investigation of the current and future demands in the medical device industry market (3) preparation of a generic program on graduate and postgraduate education in BME.
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OLDES Older People e-service at home
Tipologia: International Project (European) - STREP
Responsabile: Local (University of Bologna) Claudio Lamberti
Sede: BO - University of Bologna
Unità coinvolte: 11 partners from 6 different countries participate: Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Canada, Belgium and the United Kingdom
Descrizione
The OLDES project will offer new technological solutions to improve the quality of life of older people. OLDES aims at developing a very low cost and easy to use entertainment and health care platform designed to ease the life of older people in their homes. In order to achieve this, new concepts developed in Information Technologies will be integrated and adapted.
Link: http://www.oldes.it

SENSACTION-AAL - SENSing and ACTION to support mobility in Ambient Assisted Living
Tipologia: International Project (European) - STREP
Responsabile: Lorenzo Chiari
Sede: BO - University of Bologna
Unità coinvolte: 8 partners from 6 different countries are involved in this project: Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia, Israel and Spain
Descrizione
The SENSACTION-AAL project addresses one of the main problems for older people: motor disabilities. The ultimate goals of the project are in fact, by introducing smart, wearable sensors and actuators to: - assist older people in maintaining independent mobility in daily life activities, and - reduce the consequences of falls and injuries
Link: http://www.sensaction-aal.eu

SMILING - Self Mobility Improvement in the eLderly by counteractING falls
Tipologia: International Project (European) - STREP
Responsabile: Fiorella Marcellini, INRCA, Ancona
Sede: BO - University of Bologna
Unità coinvolte: 11 partners from 6 different countries are involved: Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Isreal, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom. Prof. Chiari is involved in the project.
Descrizione
The SMILING project is planning to diminish age related impairments by interfering with mobility disability and improving carry-over into real life situations. The new approach, a wearable computer-controlled device, is intended to challenge the patient to solve new motor problems in real time by inducing variable environments that need active response and problem solving from the target population
Link: http://www.smilingproject.eu

International Project (Bilateral)

Portable systems for the investigation and conditioning of human posture control
Tipologia: International Project (Bilateral) - Bilateral Italy/Slovakia
Responsabile: Angelo Cappello
Sede: BO - University of Bologna
Unità coinvolte: University of Bologna (I); Slovak Academy of Science - Institute of Normal and Pathological Physiology - Dept. of Biocybernetics (SK)
Descrizione
The overall goals of this project are: 1) development of wearable prototype biofeedback devices for improving human balance; 2) to validate the implementation of different sensory biofeedback strategies used in the wearable system for improvement and rehabilitation of human imbalance; 3) to investigate sensory substitution strategies in human stance control.
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