Student Exchange Program Recap

student exchange program

The student exchange program as a part of the FRAIL project was organized between three partners of the project – Qolware, TUM, and imec.

Five students decided to participate in the program, and they spent two weeks in Munich, in Qolware and TUM, and traveled to Brussels to visit imec.

Week 1 – Product Design, Market Research, and Business Strategy

On their first day, students arrived at Qolware, where they learned about this startup company and their Lola app.

During this first week, they did market research, learned about frailty and Fried scale, and worked on product design. The students created a mocap of a new feature for the Lola app, to fill in the Fried scale criteria and prepared a business strategy with a precise specification of why such a solution is needed.

Week 2 – Expert’s Talks, Gait Analysis, and Movement Transfer

After several expert talks on different topics related to technology in physical and functional assessment, IMUs, innovations, students continued with lab sessions. Divided into two groups, students focused on identifying movement transfers with wearables and differentiating between normal and abnormal gait patterns.

Using Movisens sensors on the hip and wrist, you can see the difference between the three different movement transfers – with arms crossed, twisted, and explosive.

The second group also used Movisens sensor on the hip and wrist, and they simulated abnormal walking by walking while carrying a bowl full of water. The difference between the four conditions is apparent.

Week 3 – ADL Recognition from Smartwatch Accelerometer Data

For the last part of the program, students traveled to Brussels. Here they joined yet another project partner, imec.

During the week students spent at ETRO, they had a chance to work with Huawei smartwatch, which they used to collect accelerometer data. Students chose 4 activities of daily living (ADL) – teeth brushing, walking up and down the stairs, picking up coins, and putting on a jacket.

The students defined measurement protocol and collected the data accordingly. All four of them participated in data collections and repeated each activity several times. Data collection resulted in a database of samples, sufficient for data classification. The results of the classification were quite promising.

Results of classification of teeth brushing sample
Classification of a mixed sample – concatenated coin picking, stairs climbing, and teeth brushing

Summary

The goal of the student exchange program was to be practical and not only theoretical. The students had a chance to be part of the whole process of the mobile application feature creation.

The students heard from experts, experienced work-day in a startup, and worked with sensors. They designed a mocap of an app feature, prepared measurement protocol, collected and classified accelerometer data for selected ADLs.

We believe the program was interesting and beneficial for the students. It most certainly was an excellent experience for all the organizers!

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