Technology and Training Methods for Disability Care Lab

Areas of Investigation 

The Laboratory of Technology and Training Methods for Disability Care deals with disability related to chronic illnesses and with possible clinical application of the new computer-based technologies and artificial intelligence. The aim is to create innovative solutions to improve self-sufficiency of people with mild cognitive and motor deficits.


Fall Prevention and Improving Gait

The phenomenon of falling is studied in every aspect: prevention, detection and resolution. For this purpose, the Laboratory uses a touch screen platform for cognitive training of elderly or for persons with mild cognitive impairment, that employs exercises for executive and attentive functions.

A technology aimed at motor rehabilitation is the I-walker, a ICT walker aide that was produced in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Catalunya for persons with ambulatory problems. Such technology has been improved from the previous version, and has strength sensors on the handlebar and on posterior wheels, that can automatically detect the amount of help needed by the patient to improve his/her walking. A magnetic monitoring sensor, namely Polhemus patriot, reveals the position and movement of feet to record data and evaluate possible improvements.

Finally, the Laboratory has conducted research on a ICT system monitoring the risk of falls in the elderly or in persons with minor disabilities at home. A tablet is connected to a sensor inserted inside a belt and, in case of a fall, a Fall Diary marks the event and starts an alert.

Ongoing Research Projects 
  • EU-Project: RADIO Robots in assisted living environments: Unobtrusive, efficient, reliable and modular solutions for independent ageing PHC-19-2014
  • EU-Project: I-SUPPORT: ICT-Supported Bath Robots H2020-PHC-2014-single-stage
  • EU-Project: E-NoFals European Network for FALL Prevention, Intervention & Security.
  • EU-Project: I-DONT-FALL Integrated prevention and Detection sOlutioNs Tailored to the population and Risk Factors associated with FALLs
  • Brain plasticity in Alzheimer Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment. Functional, structural and neuropsychological effects of a computer-based cognitive treatment

Laboratory of Technology and Training Methods for Disabilty Care​


Fondazione Santa Lucia Irccs

Via Ardeatina, 354 – 00179 Rome


Building B – Floor 1