Sandra Hirche awarded with prestigious ERC Proof of Concept Grant

Prof. Sandra Hirche has been awarded with the prestigious ERC Proof of Concept Grant. ERC Proof of Concept Grant are meant to support the translation of fundamental results achieved into a commercial or socially valuable proposition, i.e. the initial steps of pre-competitive development. Only ERC grantees are eligible to apply.

In her ERC Proof of Concept project "con-PDmode" Sandra Hirche and her team will deliver a software prototype for control-oriented modelling and estimation of Parkinson’s disease symptoms based on low-cost wearable sensors that are transparent and platform agnostic. It will exploit the research results from her ERC Starting Grant "Control based on Human Models".

Titel: Control-oriented PD state modelling and estimation for precision medicine (con-PDmode)

Abstract: Despite the fact that there has been some progress in developing methods for estimating Parkinson’s disease (PD) symptoms using wearable sensors, these technologies have not sufficiently penetrated the market due to the usability of the system and its cost; existing technologies are constrained by specific hardware requirements or user activities, therefore aversively affecting the cost and usability of the technologies, respectively. Thus, Con-PDmode delivers a software prototype for control-oriented modelling and estimation of PD symptoms that are transparent and platform agnostic. The excellence in innovation potential for successfully bringing the PD assessment tool to the market is the capability to account for inaccuracies and uncertainty in the data collected from low-cost wearable sensors. To this purpose, we will adapt and implement advanced stochastic techniques for improved robustness in state estimation, the confidence level of the model estimation will be transparently communicated to its users. We will perform iterative tests in various environmental and sensor configurations to refine our algorithms as well as the user interface.