LISiN research areas

Discover the key areas of research we are exploring to advance knowledge of neuromuscular system.

Technological research

Development of innovative tools for the acquisition of surface electromyograms and for neuromuscular electrical stimulation

Basic Research

Development of signal processing methods for the extraction of information related to the properties of the central and peripheral neuromuscular system from sEMG

Applied research

Application of the developed techniques in basic physiology, rehabilitation, occupational medicine and sports.

Research Plan

Overview

The research plan described in the following reflects the vision of LISiN about the research lines to follow in the coming years, in order to:
1. Consolidate and continue the research path undertaken in the last ten years,
2. Tackle new scenarios and expand LISiN’s horizons in the context of new emerging needs, such as the aging population and the consequent growing demand for services for disability and chronic conditions, even outside of the hospital setting.

In the next five years it is therefore expected to keep the main LISiN’s research lines, with a greater investment in translational research for transferring the research achievements to clinical and industrial partners. The aim is to create a close relationship between LISiN and local, national, and international health actors and enterprises.

Research lines

The following main research lines have been identified for 2016-2018; they are classified in technological research, basic research, and applied research

  1. Technological research
    1. Development of wearable devices, sensors and actuators
    2. Functional Electrical Stimulation
    3. Human machine interface, EMG biofeedback, rehabilitation games, augmented reality
  2. Basic research
    1. Development of methods and protocols for the interpretation of surface EMG
  3. Applied research
    1. Adaptive sport technology
    2. Technologies for the aging society
    3. Ergonomics
Approach

Each project within the research lines will respond to the following characteristics:

  • Use case inspired research. Projects will start from concrete ideas about leading applications where this knowledge is needed. Research projects will be focused on generating new knowledge and technology as an asset for Innovation Projects or contract research.
  • Potential for future concerted action. The potential to enlarge the research effort by collaborating with partners and stakeholders. Priorities will be given to the alignment of LISiN’s activity with EU schemes and the integration of expertizes available at Politecnico di Torino into these activities.
  • A flexible portfolio of projects. Progress will be evaluated twice a year (June and December) on scientific output, and on the realization of use cases. We expect changes in the portfolio on a yearly basis, after an incubation period of about two years, because projects will evolve into innovation programs or will fail to live up to expectations.