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For most of elderly people the main goal of physical activity is to achieve, maintain and, if it is possible increase the autonomy level for their everyday life task development. The frail subjects identification is an essential aspect of the geriatric evaluation. Usual functional tests not always are able to provide a precise description of the senior functional performance.
Several studies highlighted the positive effects of physical exercise on seniors' health and wellbeing. Similarly, cognitive training also has positive effects on general cognitive ability, speed of reasoning, memory and on the perception of quality of life. The three year research project (2010-2012) aims to study relationship between physical activity, memory, and daily living skills to reduce mental decline and ameliorate quality of life. The main task was to adopt psychological and neuropsychological questionnaires to assess the effectiveness of motor activities on reduction of mental decline.
Another side aim was to study the state of the art regarding the Seniors’ use of technological devices to monitor and support their motor and cognitive exercises. Moreover the accessibility and acceptability levels of such devices were studied to try to ameliorative design solutions.
The project outcome will regard the realization of scenarios highlighting the different situations in the accessibility, and acceptability, and actual/potential use of technologies to perform motor and cognitive exercises by the elderly.
The project SEeS@W aims to evaluate solutions and innovative approaches for the safety in working environments managing data from networks of sensors connected to the web following the "Internet of Things" (IoT) model.
WeSport is a vertical social network that connects athletes and sport professionals. It was founded in 2009 as a spinoff startup from the Sports Science
Research Center of the interdisciplinary College of Sports Science. of University of Turin. The network helps people meet up for sports and training sessions based on their profile and location.
of several sports (there are more that 400 sports registered), to share photos and videos and to find sport facilities.
WeSport was created in May 2009 in Turin by Marco Ivaldi, Marco Iacuaniello and Aurelian Vacariuc. It is permanently available from November 2009 and in normal version from July 2011. WeSport is included on the City of Turin website. From November 2013 is available an app for Android devices. WeSport has been financed by Parmalat through the project Milk&Smile in 2010, in the 2013 and in the 2014 through a project of sport advices.
In June 2015 WeSport released a mobile application for Android and IOS. The platform features are then migrated entirely on mobile devices. In the same period WeSport launched "Ovoo project" for the management of sports activities in urban parks, under professional guidance of graduates in sports science.
• 3rd place award "ASI IL GIOCO DEL LOTTO – Sport&Cultura" (September 2014)
• Adward winner “Etica e Sport” at 3rd edition “Rinaldo Bontempi e Maurizio Laudi”
• Finalist project at Italian Ventures forum (November, 2011)
• Finalist project at Faber Meeting 2011 (November, 2011)
• Award winner “Startupbusiness” at SMAU 2011 Innovation Project (October, 2011)
• Semifinalist project at Eurecan European Venture Contest (November, 2010)
• Finalist project at Mind The Bridge Venture Camp (November, 2010)
• Winner project at Torino Internazionale (March, 2010)
• Winner project at I3P for tutoring and business plan construction (January, 2010)
• Winner project at I Realize StartUp Hack (November, 2009)
• Winner project at the Management Game in the International Contest for Innovative (December 2012)
• Sports Management, Amsterdam (September 12–16, 2009)
• Ferreri, L.; Ivaldi, M.; Daolio, F.; Giacobini, M.; Tommasini, M.; Rainoldi, A. (August 12, 2011), A network approach to investigate the aggregation phenomena in sports
• Ivaldi, M.; Ferreri, L.; Daolio, F.; Giacobini, M.; Tommasini, M.; Rainoldi, A., We-Sport: from academic spinoff to database for complex network analysis; an innovative approach to a new technology, J Sports Med and Phys Fitness, pp. Vol. 51– Suppl. 1 to issue No. 3
• Ivaldi, M.; Ferreri, L.; Daolio, F.; Giacobini, M.; Tommasini, M.; Rainoldi, A. (2011), WeSport: from academic spinoff to database for complex network analysis; an innovative approach to a new technology, The Journal Of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness (ISSN:18271928), pp. 53–55
• Ferreri, L.; Ivaldi, M.; Giacobini, M. (June 22, 2012), Tripartite Networks: a first exploratory step towards the understanding of multipartite networks, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
• Ferreri, L.; Ivaldi, M.; Daolio, F.; Giacobini, M.; Rainoldi, A.; Tomassini, M., Sport, how people choose it: A network analysis approach, European Journal of Sport Science, DOI:10.1080/17461391.2014.960007
A number of papers in literature show that physical activities increase the exposure to air pollution and the poisonous deposition within the body. In fact,
physical activities increase pulmonary ventilation and hence the volume of inhaled gases, harmful or not. A device providing the level of various air pollutants with respect to own physiological
parameters was designed and implemented to became a tool for individual health awareness relating air quality according to exercise performance.
The general architecture of aGrisù is made by:
- a wearable sensor for the detection of physiological parameters (heart and respiratory rate), communicating via BT technology with a mobile terminal;
- a mobile terminal equipped with BT, GPS, GSM technology, communicating to a Main Server physiological parameters, received from the wearable sensor, and the position, detected by GPS;
- monitoring stations for the detection of air pollutants: Carbon Monoxide (CO), Sulfur dioxide (SO2), Benzene (C6H6), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Ozone (O3) and Particulate matter (PM10, PM5, PM2, 5);
- a Main Server bringing together morphological and physiological parameters, geographical and environmental data (derived from the public servers and specific monitoring locations).The Main Server processes the data obtained and sends to the mobile terminal customized information about air quality and its influence on the physical health.
aGrisù is the first system that try to provide a real-time indication of how physical activities affect the rate of absorption of air pollutants. aGrisù could offer a more conscious vision about consequences of practising physical activities in certain area. Moreover, aGrisù could raise awareness about air quality, driving a change in the policies for health protection.
The HExEC (Hand Exoskeleton Emg Contolled) project was aimed to design a mecatronic device able to compensate neuromuscular hand deficits in people affected by pathologies or in healthy subjects to increase resistance to fatigue if they are requested to work in a condition of motor stress.