The Innovation Radar is among others a “scouting” activity of the EC and aims to identify innovative research of single organizations in the context of European projects. Initially 40 finalists were selected spread in four categories. After online voting of the public the VVR group has been ranked 2nd in the Tech for Society category and will now present its achievement in the “European Research and Innovation Days” in Brussels from 24th to the 26th of September 2019 and compete with 11 more finalists for the Innovation Radar winner and the winner of each category.

Within the OActive project, we are interested in predicting the severity of osteoarthritis and then derive a personalized intervention strategy to delay the progression of the disease. To achieve this, we rely on automatic methods for creating multi-scale subject-specific finite element models of the knee from magnetic resonance images. These models are further constrained from experimentally measured kinematics and externally applied forces in order to simulate more complex movement behaviors like gait. Through simulation, we can identify the loading of the soft tissues and decide how to change the habits of individuals through gait retraining and augmented reality.

We think that there are two major outcomes related to our work. The first is related to the subject-specific modeling, simulation and analysis of the knee mechanics, which is of baseline research nature with long term goals targeting not only to osteoarthritis but planning of surgeries for anterior ligament reconstruction and knee replacement through simulation. The second is related to the development of a modular framework for extracting meaningful quantities from experimental measurements and musculoskeletal models in real-time. This can facilitate application in the broad field of rehabilitation, ergonomics, control of exoskeleton and assistive devices.

Τhe final stage of the contest will take place in Brussels on September 25 -26 at the “European Research and Innovation Days” event

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