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Scientific project: Biomechanics of human movement, control and rehabilitation

Project code  023-0232006-1655

Project name  Biomechanics of human movement, control and rehabilitation

Senior researcher  Vlasta Zanchi

Institution of employment University of Split, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering a...

Program name     Biomechanics of movement - BioMov

Scientific area technical science

Peer review group Computer Science

Summary The project Biomechanics of human movement, control and rehabilitation is a logical resumption of the heretofore research which had been successfully conducted in the past 10 years on the project Biomechanics of human locomotion, control and rehabilitation. In the past Projects title keyword 'locomotion', which limited the research to the investigations of the human gait, is now replaced with a universal term 'movement'. The reason is as follows: Over the past several years of the preceding Project the issues of human locomotion have become too bounded subject of research. Scientific knowledge, the development of methodologies, the ability to conduct the more complex experiments, the development of sophisticated measuring equipment and quality human resources in particular, contributed to the broadening of the scope of research interests, as well as the potential of the research of general human movement. Up until now, the results of the research of the movement of human arm and hand accomplished particular success. In accordance with the aforementioned results, research of the proposed Project would be extended to the following topics: 1) Modeling and simulation of models and mechanisms which could be applied to different human activities, 2) Analysis of the postural stability based on measurement of movements and forces in hearing impaired people, 3) Automatic analysis of sign language in static and dynamic configurations, 4) Computer vision for identification of human movement and anthropometry, 5) Advancement of the quality and implementation of bioinstrumentation devices and devices for telemetric monitoring of human movements, 6) Robotics, neurorobotics, and biorobotics, 7) Rehabilitation Besides, the proposed Project offers an important step forward in addressing the difficulties of rehabilitation process. There are already arranged joint experiments and research with the Department of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Rheumatology of Split Clinical Hospital. And finally, the Project also considers the involvement with issues that has been investigated in the European Project EU FET Neurorobotics-FP&-IST-001917. To attain this objective, the foreign researchers and centres in Europe that have similar projects and professional experience will be joined to the Project.

Key words |biomechanics of movement|robotics and neurorobotics,movement and force sensors,hand and leg movement,sign language and computer vision,rehabilitation

Contract from 2.1.2007

Croatian scientific bibliography http://bib.irb.hr/lista-radova?sif_proj=023-0232006-1655&print=true&lang=EN

Address for communication
 Name and surname Vlasta Zanchi
 Street and no. Ruđera Boškovića bb, 21000, Split
 E-mail vzanchi@fesb.hr
 Web address http://www.fesb.hr/~vzanchi/English/MainPage.htm
Project assistants 
  Name and Surname  Status
Mojmil Cecić Researcher
Ana Kuzmanić Scientific novice
Tea Marasović Scientific novice
Josip Musić Scientific novice
Ante Panjkota Researcher
Ivo Stančić Scientific novice
Tamara Šupuk Researcher
Tonko Vlak Researcher
Vlasta Zanchi Project leader