For five years, the Kaiserslautern Junior Research Group was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the measure »Interdisciplinary Competence Building in the Research Focus Human-Technology Interaction for Demographic Change«. On Thursday, 26 September, the research group will present its work at an event to mark the end of the project in Aachen.
wearHEALTH at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern has an interdisciplinary composition. The members come from Computer Science, Mathematics, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Human Movement and Control Engineering. Their goal is the development of digital techniques, which are to improve the health preventively or in the form of Reha measures.
Movement analysis, stress reduction, and thrombosis prevention
Dr. Gabriele Bleser, Dr. Bertram Taetz, Markus Miezal and their team have been working on a sensor system that helps patients to reduce postures when walking. Small sensors on the feet, legs and pelvis measure the movement sequences. Software evaluates the gait and gives the user feedback so that he can improve his movement. This is interesting, for example, for patients who have undergone hip or knee surgery. The technology is being developed by the Kaiserslautern research team together with the Institut für Biomechanik at the Lindenplatz Rehabilitation Clinic in Bad Sassendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia.
The team around Dr. Corinna Faust-Christmann has also developed the app »Stress-Mentor«, with which you can playfully relax. Users can incorporate relaxation methods such as meditation into their daily routine. In addition, a diary function makes it possible to better record stress triggers.
Computer scientist Daniel Steffen and his team worked together with doctors from the Westpfalz Hospital on a computer game that could be used to prevent thrombosis. It can be controlled via the feet. The researchers have developed it for smartphones and tablets. The game can also help after a stroke or joint surgery.