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Wearable integrated smart brace for rehabilitation monitoring and diagnostic of disorders in muscular functions

Name of project: Wearable integrated smart brace for rehabilitation monitoring and diagnostic of disorders in muscular functions

Acronym: WIBRANT

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Project funding: Ministrstry for Education, Science and Sport

Time frame: 1.10.2018 - 30.09.2021

Total cost: 2.560.000,00 ÔéČ

The amount of co-financing: 1.894.400,00 ÔéČ

UM FERI Coordinators: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Domen Mongus, Prof. Dr. Karin Stana Kleinschek

Project Coordinator: Skylabs d.o.o.

Other partners: Inova IT d.o.o., Univerza v Mariboru, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, ra─Źunalni┼ítvo in informatiko (UM FERI), Univerza v Mariboru, Medicinska Fakulteta, In┼ítitut za ┼íportno medicino (UM MF)

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Smart specialization priority area: Health

Project summary:

Population aging is one of the greatest socioeconomic challenges facing the EU, with considerable effects to national health and care systems. An inevitable decline in muscle strength and functions of elderly, caused by different muscular disorders, locomotor postoperative stages, and degenerative diseases of the locomotor system, thus, represent not only a serious clinical challenge but also imposes important socio-economic impacts.

WIBRANT will address these challenges by developing an innovative wearable in a form of a smart flexible brace that will enable non-invasive and real-time telediagnostics and telerehabilitation of muscular disorders, suited for elderly. WIBRANT will meet this main objective by:

  • Integration of space-certificated nano-scale Central Processing Unit into a new generation of smart materials, capable of monitoring muscular functions out of laboratory environment, and
  • Development of supporting data analytics platform, capable of fusing captured sensory streams with information about the remote patientÔÇÖs surroundings, thus, offering an in-depth view into critical causal relationships for diagnostics.

WIBRANT joins leading experts in spatiotemporal data analytics (FERI-GEEMA), smart material design (FERI-MS), nano-electronics (SKYL), and developers of smart mobile devices (INOVA) with most prominent experts in diagnostics and treatment of muscular disorders (ISM) that will bring about this ambitious agenda through a streamlined iterative work plane in a co-creative manner.