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Updated September 12, 2014
October 10, 2014 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Title: Multisensing and Haptics Data for Computer Aided Rehabilitation
Speaker: Fillia Makedon, University of Texas at Arlington
Abstract: Chronic conditions such as, osteoporosis, rheumatoid, fibromyalgia, low back pain, post stroke recovery, traumatic brain injury, and certain types of cancer, often require compliance to regular and continuous physical exercise in order to prevent further deterioration and loss of life quality and productivity. The exercise regimen that is needed can vary widely from case to case, depending on the subject’s physical and/or psychological condition, age, medication, safety concerns, and other factors, including available support for remote monitoring of exercise. We present the challenges of using sensing technologies and haptics to monitor, motivate, personalize and drive safe exercising. We describe a real-time, evidence-based computer-aided rehabilitation approach with built-in incentives, that collects and analyzes data while the person exercises. The benefit of computer aided rehabilitation is the ability to dynamically adjust to the subject based on the data collected and analyzed. As the system tracks the variability in exercise performance, barriers (e.g., pain) to exercise compliance and safety are detected and recommendations for suitable treatment are generated.
Speaker Bio: Fillia Makedon is Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the U. of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and director of the Heracleia Human Centered Computing Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University in 1982, served on the UT Dallas faculty between 1985 and 1991, and on the Dartmouth College faculty between 1991 and 2006. She served as NSF program director between 2005 and 2006. In 2006 she joined UTA where she served as Dept. chair 2006-2013. Prof. Makedon has received many NSF awards, is author of over 300 peer-reviewed research publications and director of a new NSF center, jointly with UTD, that focuses on assistive technologies to enhance human performance (iPerformcenter). She is member of several editorial boards and chair of the annual PETRA conference (www.petrae.org).