Master Thesis

 

M.Sc. Candidate Diana Catalina Pardo Ramos
Advisor Manuela Galli
Co-Advisor Matteo Zago
Collaboration Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Title Characterization of muscle synergies during gait in Down Syndrome
Description Muscle synergies are neural coordinative structures that function to alleviate the computational burden associated with the control of movement and posture. This research is aimed at identifying the bilateral muscle synergies in patients with Down Syndrome, with the aim of designing innovative and more effective rehabilitation pathways.

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M.Sc. Candidate

Cristina Ferrario
Advisor Manuela Galli, Marco Tarabini
Co-Advisor Matteo Zago, Nicola Cau
Collaboration Department of Mechanical Engineering
Title Effect of Whole-body-vibration in obese patients
Description WBVT is a promising adjuvant intervention therapy for patients. This study seeks to investigate the main features of such treatment strategy, from both a mechanical (vibration transmissibility, vibrating platform characterization) and biological (hormonal, anthropometric and functional effects) side.

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M.Sc. Candidate Shan Ruo Levy
Advisor Manuela Galli
Co-Advisor Matteo Zago
Collaboration University of Innsbruck
Title Multi-segmental gait patterns in Down Syndrome
Description Principal Movements are coordination modes extracted from kinematic data with a Principal Component Analysis approach. This study addressed Principal Movements in Down Syndrome with the aim of identify coordinative movement patterns and describe the impact of the disease in the global movement management.

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M.Sc. Candidate Cecilia Monoli
Advisor Manuela Galli
Co-Advisor Nicola Cau
Collaboration Biorobootika Keskus –  Tallinn Tehnikaülikoole (TTU)
Title Investigation of knee kinematics, using IMU waterproof sensors, analysis of reliability
Description Rehabilitation in water environment presents as strong limitation the impossibility of monitoring the motor act in its completeness. This thesis shows up as a preliminary study of an innovative method to evaluate the human kinematic in water, using inertial sensors. Functioning and reliability of these sensors are investigated through optoelectronic system and Kinovea tracking system, considered as gold standard.

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M.Sc. Candidates Beatrice Rocchi, Marika Scicchitano
Advisor Prof. Manuela Galli
Co-Advisor Ing. Nicola Cau
Collaboration IRCCS San Raffaele Pisana (Roma), Università Campus Biomedico (Roma), San Raffaele Cassino (Cassino), Casa di Cura del Policlinico Milano (Milano)
Title Quantitative evaluation of the effectiveness of the automated mechanical peripheral stimulation on patients with Parkinson’s disease
Description The current thesis aims at quantitatively evaluating the effectiveness of the Automated Mechanical Peripheral Stimulation (AMPS) treatment  on patients with Parkinson’s disease. With respect to previous studies, the patients are selected for a multicentric and crossover study, that involves four Italian clinical facilities. In particular, the focus is on evaluating the effects of the AMPS treatment on the functional limitation caused by the disease and on the symptom of bradykinesia, and on determining a priori if a patient will respond to the treatment. Moreover, it is analyzed if there is a relationship between the effectiveness of the AMPS treatment and the level of functional impairment characteristic of different stages of the disease. The quantitative analysis is done using a wearable system on patients that perform a specific motor task called Time Up and Go (TUG) test.

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M.Sc. Candidate Andrea Mongilardi
Advisor Manuela Galli
Co-Advisor n.a.
Collaboration IRCCS San Raffaele Pisana –  ROMA
Title Quantitive evaluation on benefits of orthopedic insoles from Down Syndrome subjects with flat feet
Description Aim of this thesis is the quantitive evaluation of the effects of the using of orthopedic insoles, in Down Sindrome (DS) subjects. The patients enrolled are children, who have performed gait trials in different conditions: with and without insoles. The equipment for the analysis was composed by an optoelectronic system and force platforms. Synthetic gait indexes: GPS (Gait Profile Score) and GVS (Gait Variable Score) were calculated.

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M.Sc. Candidate Serena Ferrari
Advisor Manuela Galli
Co-Advisor
Collaboration Ospedale San Raffaele di Roma
Title Evaluation of the gait of diplegic children with cerebral palsy using synthetic platform indexes based on the antero-posterior, mid-lateral and vertical components of the ground reaction force detected by two dynamometric platform.
Description

The aim of this thesis is to create new global indexes based solely on information from the force platform and to understand whether the kinetic data and the resulting indexes are sufficient to characterize in a correct manner the situation of a patient with a diparesis. The important aspect of this work is to check whether clinicians can make sufficient evaluations considering only the dynamic aspect of a gait test.

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M.Sc. Candidate Jacopo Ambrogetti
Advisor Prof. Manuela Galli
Co-Advisor Ing. Nicola Cau
Collaborations Tetra Pak
Title Kinematic Analysis of the Pouring task
Description

Develop a measurement system protocol based on Optoelectronic and electromyographic technologies that can be applied to asses how different package properties affect the motor strategy of user * In future this protocol can be refined to asses the level of comfort/ergonomic of a package through the definition of few indexes

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M.Sc. Candidate Alessandra Guaitani, Isabella Cornelli
Advisor Professor Manuela Galli
Co-Advisor n.a.
Collaborations IRCCS San Raffaele Pisana –  ROMA
Title Evaluation with Gait Analysis of the botulinum toxin A effects administrated both separately and in conjunction with surgery on patients with Cerebral Palsy.
Description The thesis is addressed to the evaluation of botulinum toxin A effects on children with cerebral palsy trough the tree-dimension instrumented Gait Analysis. The aim is to detect the outcomes of botulinum treatments both individually and in conjunction with surgery. Many efforts are focused on researching which motor phenotypes see or not improvements after botulinum treatment or after the latter with surgery. The functional evaluations are based on the computation of summary measures and on the kinematic joint graphs.

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M.Sc. Candidate Elisa Tirantello
Advisor Manuela Galli
Co-Advisor Ilaria Pacifici
Collaborations IPolitecnico di Milano
Title The effect of the ageing on orthopaedic surgery in cerebral palsy patients.
Description Quantitative evaluation of the ageing effect on the clinicians’ decisions for rehabilitation of cerebral palsy patients (cp). the evaluation consists of detailed gait analysis of the patient affected by cp, emiplegy and toewalking and the extraction of indexes and parameters from software eliteclinic. the patients will be divided in groups based on age and gender. an elaboration of the data from eliteclinic and a final statistical analysis will be performed. at the end statistically significant datas will be found to stress on the correct patient’s age in order to be surgically operated by the clinician on muscolar-skeleton apparatus, as a treatment.

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M.Sc. Candidate Giuditta Andreoletti
Advisor Veronica Cimolin
Co-Advisor Nicola Cau
Collaborations Ospedale San Giuseppe – Istituto Auxiologico (Piancavallo-VB)
Title Tool Reaching in Obeses: evaluation of their body scheme
Description

The body scheme is a mental and unconscious representation of our body. It is responsible of the dynamic construction of our body that is neededto compute any gesture. In this context, it is important to investigate possible changes of the body scheme, while using tools that increase the peri-personal space (the space in which we interact with objects without moving ourselves). In healthy people, the use of these tools change plastically the body representation and the tool is used naturally since it seems to be an integrant part of our arm. In this study we want to understand if the obesity and the change of the body scheme that it induces has effects on the subject’s peri-personal space. The experimental set-up is based on a cinematic analysis (using an optoelectronic system) of a reach point to task. The experiment is run with and without tool (using a laser scanner 3D system) and a tactile evaluation of the arm extension is conducted using psychological tests. Another goal of this study is the evaluation of the arm volume in obese subjects using a scanner laser 3D system.

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