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HeartCycle project
The newly created HeartCycle consortium, comprising 18 research, academic, industrial and medical organizations from 9 different European countries and China, will work to improve the quality of life for coronary heart disease and heart failure patients by monitoring their condition and involving them in the daily management of their disease. The consortium will also develop mechanisms to automatically report relevant monitoring data back to clinicians so that they can prescribe personalized therapies and lifestyle recommendations. 
 
The HeartCycle project, for which Philips Research is acting as project coordinator, is one of the largest biomedical and healthcare research projects within the European Union (EU). It will run for four years and has a budget of around 20.7 million Euro, of which 14.1 million Euro will be funded by the European Union as part of the EU 7th Framework Program.

HeartCycle Consortium membership (in alphabetical order)
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece); Clothing Plus Oy (Finland); CSEM Centre Suisse D'electronique Et De Microtechnique Sa (Switzerland); Empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations und Technologieforschung mbH (Germany); Faculdade Ciencias e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal); Fundación Vodafone España (Spain); Hospital Universitario Clínico San Carlos (Spain); Instituto de Aplicaciones de las Tecnologías de la Información y de las Comunicaciones Avanzadas (Spain); Medtronic Ibérica SA (Spain); Philips Electronics Nederland B.V. (The Netherlands); Philips Research (Germany); Politecnico Di Milano - Dipartimento di Bioingegneria (Italy); Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule (Germany); T-Systems ITC Iberia SA (Spain); Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain); Chinese University of Hong Kong (China); University of Hull (United Kingdom); Valtion Teknillinen Tutkimuskeskus (Finland).

Wireless bioDevices - SensaPill
SensaPill is a pill device containing a biosensor, electronics and a wireless transmitter. Once swallowed, the capsule is able to detect conditions inside the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract as it travels through, transmitting the real time measurements to a small external module attached to the body, before being excreted and discarded. The biosensor detects any bleeding inside the GI tract, which can be associated with a range of diseases, including ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and cancer. By locating the source of bleeding, SensaPill is able to distinguish between these different conditions and, in particular, to detect the early signs of bowel cancer.

SensaPill overcomes two of the major problems with testing for bowel cancer. It does not require sample collection so is easy to use, making it more acceptable to patients. And by detecting any bleeding at source the device is highly sensitive.
 
 
 

WearIT@Work Project

The WearIT@work Project was set up by the European Commission as an Integrated Project to investigate “Wearable Computing” as a technology dealing with computer systems integrated in clothing.
 
Fast access to medical information at the right moment is a crucial task for the whole healthcare domain. In some cases the life of a patient can depend on it, but even in everyday routine, fast access to information means reducing of expensive examinations and saving money.
Through scenarios based on real hospital situations, we are going to
demonstrate how wearable technology can improve the work of physicians and nurses by:
•Improving availability of information;
•Presenting information in the actual context of the treatment situation;
•Improving communication and knowledge sharing.
 
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Healthcare@Home
 
The Healthcare@Home project aims to integrate invasive and non-invasive patient monitoring systems with analysis of this information via Grid infrastructure. The infrastructure will promote continuous and discontinuous (push/pull) monitoring of patients at home, employing a new class of dedicated home healthcare server relaying data from and to prototype Bluetooth sensor/comms devices from specialist companies in these fields.
 
Such secure, integrated home monitoring systems will provide consumers (patients) with a much higher quality of feedback and thus insight into their health conditions. Supplemented by inputs from multi-enterprise specialist equipment and databases such as those supporting clinical metabolic analysers, digital retinopathy cameras and body scanners, sophisticated trend analysis from a variety of demographic and clinical data sources will be undertaken for an exemplar disease parameter model (DPM) for diabetes using internationally-harmonized clinical standards. The creation of a quantitative individualized risk analysis application (QUIRA) enables prioritization of need in focused clinical areas, scaleable to national service levels. 
 
Link to project website

SWAN: System for Wearable Audio Navigation
SWAN is a project of the Psychology Department\'s Sonification Lab at Georgia Institute of Technology, overseen by Professor Bruce Walker, in partnership with Professor Frank Dellaert of the College of Computing. We have additional collaboration from the GT Biomedical Information Technology Center, and the Atlanta VA.
 
 
SWAN Architecture
The core system is a small computer--either a lightweight laptop or an even smaller handheld device--with a variety of location and orientation tracking technologies including, among others, GPS, inertial sensors, pedometer, RFID tags, RF sensors, compass, and others. Sophisticated sensor fusion is used to determine the best estimate of the user\'s location and which way she is facing. See the SWAN architecture figure
<PDF> <PNG image> for more details of the components. You can also find out more about the bone conduction headphones, or "bonephones" we use to present the audio interface/sounds to the user, on our Bonephones Research page.
 

SESAME Project
 
The SESAME consortium is a multidisciplinary group formed to investigate the use of wireless sensor-based systems with offline and real-time processing and feedback in enhancing the performance of elite athletes and young athletes who have been identified as having world class potential.
 
The overall goals of the project lie in enhancing performance, improving coach education, and advancing sports science using a range of both hardware and software technologies to achieve this. In so doing, we will build on the extensive experience that exists both within and outside the consortium in the application of sensor systems to human and animal monitoring, and we will seek to advance that knowledge both in terms of outcomes that are specific to sports and in terms of computer science fundamentals.
 

DARPA - ASSIST

Advanced Soldier Sensor Information System and Technology (ASSIST)

ASSIST program will demonstrate an integrated information system that will allow ground soldiers to collect, disseminate, and visualize key information in the battlefield. Novel approaches in the following area are stressed:
  • Light-weight, wearable multi-sensor collection device.
  • Distributed data server/dissemination architecture suited for tactical networks (e.g. low bandwidth usage, tolerance of outages).
  • Indexing by location, time, soldier activities, keywords.
  • Highly intuitive user interface design and visualization interface.  

http://www.darpa.mil/ipto/programs/assist/assist_obj.asp


Palcom
 
 
PalCom embraces ubiquitous computing – that is computing available in the environment and a multitude of everyday devices, connected, and partially automated – to be used for work and play. PalCom’s researchers develop prototypes of future palpable ubiquitous devices and services in collaboration with a number of users in different domains: healthcare, landscape architecture, emergency response. These prototypes run on (and inform the design of) a software architecture that seeks to increase interoperability and support for making computing palpable.