The rehabilitation of the upper limbs of patients with neurological disability is crucial to their independence, and there is a major need for improved methods of both achieving greater function and of measuring these changes. This project is concerned with the development of multimedia tools and associated measurement protocols for the quantification of the rehabilitation of the upper limb in people with neurological disability. While there are now sophisticated tools available for the assessment of rehabilitation of the lower limb, the quantification of the upper limb function is much more difficult. This difficulty results principally from two factors: 1) The tasks of the upper limb, which are many and varied, can be performed in a variety of ways. 2) At least 7 degrees of freedom must be measured in a way which does not impede the tasks to be studied.
The MIRALab’s main activities in this project are the simulation of soft tissues and muscles. Bones, muscles, soft tissues and skin are represented using a multi-layer approach in order to obtain a realistic human shape with real time motion.
Centro Neurolesi Messina
Ecole Polytechnique Féderale de Lausanne, Virtual Reality Laboratory (VRLab)
Freie Universitat Berlin (Neurological Rehabilitation Dept.)
MIE Medical research Ltd
MIRALab, University of Geneva
Signo Motus S.R.L.
University of Newcastle