Application domains

Application domains and projects

Applications of human-activity measurement and interpretation, and related projects we worked in during the years.

Ambulatory human-activity measurement and interpretation finds applications in different domains, from computer graphics, virtual reality, technification of sports training, clinical assessment for healthcare or rehabilitation, human-robot interaction, and so on. We have experience with public and private funded projects in various of them:

Health Hazard Monitoring and Evaluation

The evaluation of the health hazards present at a workplace is useful to both employees and employers. We are interested in using portable and wearable nonintrusive sensors to provide assistance and to assess exposure and employee health in a easy and inexpensive way. Such systems will allow to produce fast feedback to recommend ways to reduce hazards and prevent work-related illness.

- Project H2ies: Health Hazard Inertial Evaluation System

- Project InerSensTB: Inertial Sensors Toolbox (InerSensTB)

Training/Rehabilitation Activity Assessment

Sport training and rehabilitation are applications which can benefit from ambulatory sensor systems technologies designed to capture human motion-related variables in real-time. We are interested in the design of sensor systems that are able to provide a personalized user feedback with motivational aspects the can only be achieved by customized information treatment and knowledge extraction in prolonged time periods.

Eldercare or healthcare monitoring

We are interested in electronic aids oriented to elderly people which integrate seamlessly in daily life activities, or Ambient Assisted Living. Healthcare services have a growing demand because of the increase of aging population. New technologies can empower people with age-related dependencies to live independently for longer, leading to a better social support and a positive impact on general mental and physical wellbeing. Acceptance of such technologies requires them to be invisible for the patient, robust and configuration free.

Pedestrian navigation

Movement monitoring with portable devices allows to know user location, opening the door to multiple location-based services.

Man-machine interaction/collaboration

Ambulatory activity recognition is a key element to facilitate a natural and effortless integration of people in new cooperative scenarios, such as human-robot interaction or ambient intelligence. Human should not care about such coupling, the technology has to detect motions and intentions of humans, and act accordingly. We develop new methods and tools aimed to have robots that interact with humans and move safely between them.