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Research project

Towards Home Rehab

Status: Ongoing project

The project aims at designing a tailored monitoring and training tool for at-home upper-limb stroke rehabilitation.

What we do

About our project

Our primary objectives are to develop knowledge and innovations in three key areas:

  • Measuring Arm function and skills at home
  • Providing Precise Feedback On Daily Life Arm Movements
  • Designing an Inclusive Device 

The project consists of two research components: the technical component and the design component, each involving specification, testing, and validation processes. The technical component will concentrate on assessing patients' arm-hand skills at home and delivering tailored feedback on their daily arm-hand movements. Meanwhile, the design component will focus on optimizing usability, user experience, and motivation for diverse patient populations by customizing therapy systems for individual needs.
By developing this knowledge, our project aims to facilitate the seamless transition to home-based rehabilitation. Ultimately, the implemented system will lead to more effective and cost-efficient rehabilitation treatments, benefiting patients and healthcare providers alike.

Our research focus

Extracting Requirements and Specifications
Assessment and training components involve distinct technical, functional, and design requirements. Standard assessment tests focus on various aspects of arm functions/ capacity, evaluating metrics like speed, smoothness and etc. Designing a versatile training tool is vital, considering usability, user experience, and motivation for all patients. It should identify specific movements needing feedback and customize it for diverse patient groups, improving their movement quality. Precise extraction of requirements is crucial to develop a comprehensive tool that meets all specifications.
Evaluation and Optimization

After extracting all requirements and specifications for assessment and training, an initial sensors-based tool will be designed and tested for use by stroke patients. This tool will encompass sensor configurations, algorithms, user and feedback interfaces, data acquisition, processing, and storage, as well as data transfer capabilities. Additionally, the therapist web app and user design requirements will be developed and iteratively optimized to ensure a comprehensive and effective solution.

Validation in Laboratory Settings
The next step involves validating sensor configurations, algorithms, and the developed tools or demonstrator for their applicability to each patient. This validation will assess factors such as uptake, usage, motivation, user experience, adherence, understanding, and engagement during measurements conducted in laboratory settings.

Validation in Home Settings
Ultimately, this project aims to validate and conduct an initial evaluation of the demonstrator and its components in a setting close to clinical application, involving patients in their at-home situations. This step is crucial for moving towards the transition to home-based rehabilitation, ensuring that the tools and technologies are effective, user-friendly, and applicable in real-life scenarios.


Outside Erasmus MC

Rijndam Rehabilitation Center, Rotterdam

Faculty of Industrial Design, TU Delft

Faculty of 3mE, department of cognitive robotics, TU Delft

Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, EUR

Our team

Dr. Hans Bussmann, principal investigator, promotor

Dr. Ruben Regterschot, co-promotor

Dr. Valentijn Visch, Promotor

Dr. Marco Rozendaal, co-promotor

Dr. Arkady Zgonnikov, co-promotor

Prof. Jane Cramm, advisor


Msc. Sahel Akbari, PhD candidate, technical component

Msc. Samantha Orozco Carvallo, PhD candidate, Design component


Contact us

Hans Bussmann: j.b.j.bussmann@erasmusmc.nl