Research

Main research areas of interest

  • Robotics, Bio-engineering and Automation;
  • Telemedicine and Home-Care;
  • Smart Materials.
Signo Motus stands as main partner in the design, development and testing of innovative solutions and systems in different engineering fields.
The Company, through a team of researchers and engineers with a long experience offers services and technical assistance in bio-medical and robotics areas.
Agreements are in place with the University of Pisa (Dipartimento di Informatica) and the University of Messina (Facoltà di Ingegneria) to carry out BS, MS and PhD Thesis research activities in the above mentioned areas of interest.
Since May 2013 the company is member of the European Alliance for Innovation (EAI - http://eai.eu/). The EAI was created by leaders from industry, research, and policy making organizations to engage the global community with the shared goal of securing Europe’s future competitiveness through innovation. By harnessing the potential of the ICT revolution, EAI engages the global community in all sectors of society to explore ways in which innovation in technology and business can benefit society at large. EAI combines vision and advocacy of society leaders with a grassroots democratic participative model, functioning together through innovative web tools covering all stages of the innovation cycle to build a new and sustainable innovation paradigm.
The experience acquired together with the all-round slender organization allow an effective stepping in research programmes supported at European, National and Regional levels, covering technical, commercial and management aspects.
The company participates to several national and international research projects.

European and National research project in progress

DetonProof - Italian Research (Phase I: August 2021 / June 2022)

DetonProof: Complex system for studying and validating technological processes for ammunition

  • Programme: PNRM (National Plan for Military Research)
  • Coordinator: Agenzia Industrie Difesa
  • Consortium: 3 partners (IT)

SMART REHAB - Italian Research (December 2019 / September 2022)

SMART REHAB: Innovative devices based on Smart Materials (ElectroReological Fluids) for lower limb rehabilitation

  • Programme: POR FESR Sicilia 2014-2020 Azione 1.1.5
  • Coordinator: Signo Motus
  • Consortium: 8 partners (IT)

Successfully completed European and National Research Project

SMART REHAB - Italian Research (July 2017 / November 2021)

SMART REHAB: Strategic innovation plan for development and marketing of eHealth solutions and rehabilitation robotics

  • Programme: POR FESR Sicilia 2014-2020 Azione 1.1.2
  • Coordinator: Signo Motus

VERSUS - Italian Research (October 2017 / March 2020)

VERSUS: Virtual-Reality Enhanced Rehabilitation for Sustainable and Usable Services

  • Programme: POR FESR Toscana 2014-2020
  • Coordinator: Signo Motus
  • Consortium: 8 partners (IT)

DI-ASD - Italian Research (July 2015 / December 2018)

DI-ASD: a technological support system for the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

  • Programme: POR FESR Toscana 2014-2020
  • Coordinator: Orthokey srl
  • Consortium: 5 partners (IT)

Vita Nova - Italian Research (April 2016 / October 2018)

Vita Nova: an adaptive ICT service for cardiovascular and metabolic risks reduction in premenopausal and menopausal women

  • Programme: FAR-FAS 2014 Regione Toscana
  • Coordinator: Signo Motus
  • Consortium: 5 partners (IT)
  • Costs: € 1.694.209,25

ERXOS - European Research (April 2016 / September 2016)

ElectroRheological fluid based eXOSkeleton devices for physical upper limb rehabilitation

  • Programme: H2020 - SME-Instrument - PHASE I
  • Coordinator: Signo Motus (Mono-Applicant)
  • Costs: € 71.429

ADHERE - Italian Research (December 2010 / February 2016)

Advanced Development Held by Electro-Rheological Effect

  • Programme: National Plan of Military Research (P.N.R.M.) - co-funded by Direzione Generale Armamenti Terrestri (Italian Ministry of Defence)
  • Coordinator: Signo Motus
  • Sub-contractor: DCIIM-UNIME (Department of Industrial Chemistry and Materials Engineering - University of Messina) IPCF-CNR Messina (Istituto per I Processi Chimico Fisici - National Research Council)
  • Costs: € 1.494.554

IESS - Italian Research (April 2010 / October 2015)

ICT platform for health and home care services

  • Programme: Fondo per l’Innovazione Tecnologica (F.I.T.) Legge 46/82 – 2009
  • Coordinator: Signo Motus
  • Costs: € 1.112.085

RICHARD - European Research (September 2010 / October 2013)

Regional ICT based Clusters for Healthcare Applications and R&D Integration

  • Programme: FP7 Capacities – Region of Knowledge – FP7-REGIONS-2010-1
  • Project Coordinator: Regione Toscana (Italy)
  • Scientific Coordinator: Signo Motus
  • Consortium: 15 partners (IT, SE, UK, PL)
  • Costs: € 3.381.262
  • Factsheet: download

CLEAR - European Research (September 2008 / February 2012)

Clinical Leading Environment for the Assessment of Rehabilitation protocols in home care

  • Programme: ICT Policy Support programme under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)
  • Coordinator: Signo Motus
  • Consortium: 13 partners (4 IT,4 SP,2 PL,3 NL)
  • Costs: € 5.615.735
  • Project website: www.habiliseurope.com
  • Factsheet: download

HELLODOC

HEaLth Service Linking Tele-rehabilitatiOn to Disable PeOple and Clinicians

  • Period: March 2005 / February 2007
  • Programme: eTen - Market Validation
  • “Market validation of a home-care service by which upper limb rehabilitation is continued at home under hospital supervision. Market acceptability of the service will be tested in Italy, Spain and Belgium. eTEN”
  • Brochure: download

Body Extender

Exoskeleton to improve the load capabilities of the operator.

  • Period: 2007 / 2010
  • Programme: Italian Ministry of Defence – National Research Project (PRN 266)
  • Coordinator: Scuola Superiore S. Anna di Pisa (Lab. PERCRO)
  • Costs: € 5.615.735
  • Sub-contractor: Signo Motus

H-CAD

Home care Activity Desk

  • Period: September 2001 / August 2004
  • Programme: FP5 – Information Society Technologies Systems and Services for the Citizen - Applications relating to health
  • “Design and development of a patient station for home rehabilitation of patient affected by Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS).”
  • Website: H-CAD

DRAMA

Developments in Rehabilitation of the Arm - A Multimedia Approach

  • Period: June 1998 / November 2000
  • Programme: FP4 – Information Technologies

TREMOR

Development and Validation of New Assistive Devices for the Treatment of Disabilities caused by Tremor (Tide Project DE 3216 TREMOR)

  • Period: October 1996 / April 2000
  • Programme: FP4 – Information Technologies