Newsletter #1

Welcome to the SocketSense Project!

SocketSense is a new ICT project which aims at developing an innovative prosthetic socket system through the integration of advanced sensing, data analysis, AI methods, embedded platforms and cloud computing. In particular, the cutting-edge solution will consist of real-time monitoring of critical clinical parameters measured inside the prosthetic socket. The measurement values are evaluated against biomechanical models based on the residual limb tissue properties of individual patients. The result of that comparison may then indicate that the socket fit is non-optimal and that fabricating a better fitting socket may be necessary. When necessary, new tailored prosthetic sockets will then be designed with CAD/CAM tools and additive manufacturing based on guidance from the SocketSense system. With SocketSense, the prosthetists will be able to achieve an optimised socket within the same day when the patient needs a renewal, and the technique will apply to all lower limb amputees (above knee and below knee).

Funded by EU within Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, H2020-ICT-2018-2020 (H2020-ICT-2018-2), the project budget is 3.9 million EUR and the duration is three years. The project partners represent research, healthcare, prosthetics OEM, technology and tool vendors.

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All the best

DeJiu Chen
Project Coordinator & Associate Professor, KTH

The SocketSense Project

Problem and Challenge

Limb amputations cause serious physical disabilities that compromise the quality of life of many people around the globe. The World Health Organization estimates that there are ~ 40 million amputees in the world. This number is expected to increase, due to an ageing population and a corresponding higher incidence of diabetes and vascular diseases. Indeed, such pathologies are the most common amputation causes, followed by traumatic events and cancer.