Follow-Up: Robotics to improve the patient's quality of life

Follow-Up: Robotics to improve the patient's quality of life

On Wednesday morning, 19 September, Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC) played host to a large audience of local and international researchers and engineers for half a day of study and discussions on the evolution of technology applied to rehabilitation medicine. The event, which marked the tenth anniversary of Parametric Design Suisse, a leading Ticinese company in providing design solutions aimed at solving complex "problems" through the use of powerful software applications designed to guide customers through the "revolutionary" Digital Transformation that the world of "Product Development" is experiencing. No small effort on the part of the engineers and computer scientists at the Chiasso Office to collect, materialise and transform ideas and projects of a remarkable innovative nature into Smart & Connectable "Products".

A challenge that Parametric Design Suisse tackles through collaborations and partnerships of great value with ANSYS and PTC (Parametric Technology Corporation), a leader in the development of software applications and solutions that "Converge" the "Physical" Product with the "Digital" one… developing projects within the area of humanoid robotics applied to precisely that which will be the medicine of the future.

It was Marco Pettenella, co-founder and Business Developer of Parametric Design, to introduce the work by presenting a prosthesis developed from the original idea of prof. Hannes Schimdl in 1965, the functions of which have evolved and been enhanced to become an established reference at the international level in bionic prosthetics. Just a taste of the technological potentials to come, designed to support and streamline the workloads of numerous professionals in the medical sector. 

In the picture Matteo Laffranchi (R&D Coordinator at Rehab Technologies, IIT).

An evolution that has been closely followed by Giorgio Metta, deputy science director at the Italian Institute of Technology of Genoa, a scientific incubator of almost two thousand people who, for the past fifteen years, have been pursuing activities in the study, research and industrial development of humanoid robotics, nano materials, computational sciences and life technologies. A variety of actions linked by heavy investment into artificial intelligence for the purposes of revolutionising our daily lives in a diverse number of sectors. 

The confirmation was the presentation of an innovative robot that, in line with the theme of the conference, which, according to Metta, may soon support and alleviate the workloads of nurses with patients for example, reducing hospitalisation times with beneficial effects for the state and society at large.

A concept which is also incorporated by Jody Saglia, mechatronic engineer from the Turin Polytechnic, with a PhD in research in the use of robotics in serious trauma rehabilitation therapy from Kings College London, a post-doc from the Genoese IIT, and for the past few years, the head of Movendo Technology, a Genoese company and leader in the production of rehabilitative and diagnostic tools for the medical field.

Orthopaedics, neurology, genetics and sport: fields of action for rehabilitative robotics, as demonstrated by Saglia with "Hunova", an innovative platform presented at the end of the conference with an exhibition just a few steps from LAC, providing an opportunity for the audience to the test first hand its extraordinary potential to assist and alleviate the daily work of physiotherapists in particular. Neurological functional rehabilitation and postural control are, in fact, some of the actions that allow "Hunova" to adapt and monitor the medical condition of patients, even programming the recovery path.

A decisive leap forward in sporting rehabilitation quality, fruit of perfect interaction between basic research and technological development aimed at improving the quality of life of the human being. A marriage of innovation and education which, as stressed by Marco Pettenella, can only ensure a future where technology has and will have an increasingly significant impact on our lives. This concept was also reiterated at the end of the conference by the CEO of Ranstadt Switzerland, Taco de Vries, who reminded the audience of how at least 35% of current knowledge will change between 2015 and 2020.

A transformation of no small import that technology will bring about in the world of work, transforming it, perhaps by making certain positions and tasks obsolete, whilst likely supporting and unburdening staff and technicians so that they can concentrate their efforts in more productive sectors. Randstad in Ticino has already been working with Parametric Design Suisse for two years on these issues, in an effort to help People, with their qualities and capacities, to align their skill set with the needs that the Digital Transformation underway is fast requiring them to acquire. This is the path towards "Excellence" that being "Made in Suisse" requires.

Integration of skills: this is the watchword of the future. The path mapped out at the end of the day by Roche Diagnostics, a division of the Swiss multinational partner of Randstad, which highlighted to the audience the importance of the bio-informatics sector in the development of new drugs through integrated analysis of the data.

Machine and knowledge: the two faces of the same coin, called to interface with one another, to interact, and compare and contrast to achieve new milestones for the benefit of society at large. An objective that Parametric Design has achieved over many years of commitment and innovation in the territory of Ticino, also confirmed in this latest significant convention, as it opened up new perspectives for a technology that is still far from replacing people, and confirming instead the central objective of securing greater prosperity and therefore a higher quality of life.


Fonte: Francesco Scomazzon - Mazzantini&Associati Lugano ©

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