Research team develops digital technologies for health

11.09.2019 08:03

Motion analysis, stress reduction, thrombosis prevention: a research team develops digital technologies for health

A sensor system that directly transmits feedback to the user when it moves in the wrong direction, a stress-reducing application or a computer game that helps prevent thrombosis – these digital techniques are at the heart of the Kaiserslautern research group wearHEALTH. Their work was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the measure "Development of interdisciplinary skills in human-machine interaction for demographic change". On Thursday 26 September, the research group will present its work at an event aimed at closing the project in Aachen.

The wearHEALTH junior research group of the Kaiserslautern Technical University has an interdisciplinary composition. Members come from computer science, mathematics, psychology, cognitive science, movement science and control engineering. They develop digital techniques that are supposed to improve health preventively or, for example, in the form of rehabilitative measures.

Dr. Gabriele Bleser, dr. For example, Bertram Taetz, Markus Miezal and their team worked on a sensor system to help patients reduce their posture when they walk. The movements are measured via small sensors on the feet, legs and pelvis. A software evaluates the report and gives the user feedback, so that he can improve his movements. This is interesting, for example, for patients after hip or knee surgery. The technology is also being developed by the Kaiserslautern research team in collaboration with the Institute of Biomechanics of the Lindenplatz Rehabilitation Clinic in Bad Sassendorf in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The team around Dr. Corinna Faust-Christmann has developed the application "Stress Mentor", which allows to relax in a fun way. Users can incorporate relaxation methods such as meditation into their daily routine. An agenda also helps to better capture stress triggers.

The computer scientist Daniel Steffen and his team worked with doctors at the Westpfalz Clinic to design a video game that could be used to prevent thrombosis. The peculiarity: It can be controlled by the feet. Researchers have developed it for smartphone and tablet. The game can also help after a stroke or surgery at the joint.

The BMBF funded the work for five years. At the final conference "Construction of Interdisciplinary Skills", all beginner research groups will meet at the Digital Capability Center of Aachen to present their work. If you want to participate in the free event, you can always register. More information on Abschlusskonferenz /

Scientific contact:

Dr. Gabriele Bleser
Phone: 0631 205-3327
E-mail: bleser[at]

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