Scheda di Offerta Tesi

Titolo (provvisorio): Quantitative Evaluation of Spontaneous Movements in Infants

Relatore/i: Casadio Maura, Pietro Morasso (IIT) ,Keisuke Shima (IIT), Paolo Moretti (GASLINI), Marco Fato (DIBRIS) E-mail:
Indirizzo: Via Opera Pia 13, 16145 Genova (ITALY) Tel.: (+39) 010 33 52749

Motivazione e campo di applicazione
There is clinical evidence that the observation of spontaneous movements of newborns is predictive of neurological problems, which may lead to cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. Several experimental studies were carried out using sophisticated 3D motion capture but remained confined to academic settings for their complexity. This project aim at developing and testing a flexible, simple, stable and low cost systems for early identification of infants at risk for motor disability

Obiettivi generali e principali attività
The overall purpose of this project is to develop innovative methods for measuring infant brain function and development, with a focus on tests that are simple, reliable, non-invasive, and universally applicable. A first step toward this goal is to improve and validate a low cost video analysis system (MIMAS: Markerless Infant Motion Analysis System) of spontaneous movements of preterm/at term newborns for early detection of neurological problems, which may lead to cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. Early detection means early treatment with finalised physiotherapy and this is known to enhance significantly the chance of healthy development of the children at risk. The correlation of the clinical measures, MR morphological data and MIMAS indicators will allow us to identify the range of normality of the movement indicators and their capability, through a suitable statistical validation, to provide a reliable early detection of neurological problems in newborns.

Obiettivi di apprendimento (strumenti tecnici e analitici, metodologie sperimentali)
The students will learn
- to extract relevant movement features from video recording
- to analyze infants motion
- to compare human data from different sources
- to use techniques of advanced statistical data analysis, data clustering and dimensionality reduction techniques
- to improve their knowledge of Matlab and C++
- to work in an international team with people with different backgrounds (engineers, physicians, physical therapists)

Luogo/i in cui si svolgerà il lavoro: Neurolab, Dibris Unige Laboratorio congiunto Gaslini- IIT, Istituto Giannina Gaslini

Informazioni aggiuntive

Abilità e capacità richieste: Matlab and C++ programming

Numero massimo di studenti: 2

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