de Biomecánica de Valencia (IBV) is a technological centre that studies the
behaviour of the human body and its interactions with products, environments
and services. Founded in 1976, the Institute is currently coordinated under the
agreement of Valencian Institute for Small and Medium Industry (IMPIVA) and the
Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). It is integrated by more than 200
professionals from different academic backgrounds (engineers, physicians,
biologists, sport scientists, physiotherapists, social workers, designers,
that work together in an interdisciplinary approach.
aim to improve competitiveness among the business sector, the IBV promotes
people’s well-being through the combination of knowledge in areas such as
biomechanics, ergonomics and emotional engineering, and its application to
diverse sectors. In the field related to
older people and ageing, IBV has two main objectives: to provide solutions for
companies interested in satisfying the requirements of older people and to
guarantee that the products are designed under this age group needs, preferences
and characteristics. One of the specific fields where IBV develops its activity
is the assessment of postural control, by studies in their laboratory of human
movements, and posturography and dynamic tests implemented in the NedSVE/IBV
system for balance assessment.
areas: Biomechanical analysis; Study of the interaction of the users with
products, services and the environment; Functional assessment; User centred
design and product development; Assistive technologies; ICTs applied to health
care, rehabilitation and prevention; ageing process, health at work.
Role in the consortium:
IBV will be responsible for all biomechanics aspects of the exercise game and Xbox/Kinect reliability in this regard. In addition, IBV will be the lead investigator in charge for the trend analysis of 3D exercise movement and other relevant data (eg. heart rate and others). Transient changes of these data over time will be an important input for the fall prediction model of the KBS. Furthermore IBV will be responsible for the Spanish End-User group during pilot studies and in the main evaluation trial.
Dr. Juan-Manuel Belda-Lois (PhD in Physics) senior scientist at IBV. He has been involved in the set-up of methodologies for functional assessment of people with disabilities using biomechanical instruments, including human gait, balance and other functions. He has been involved in many RTD projects incorporating users, among others the following EU projects: IPCA (FP5 project), DRIFTS (FP5 project), TREMOR (FP7 project), BETTER (FP7 project).
Dr. Helios De-Rosario (MSc(Eng) PhD) is a researcher of the Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia (IBV). He his specialised in Ergonomics, usability of Human-Machine Interfaces, and the analysis of Human Movement. He has participated in several National Funded Projects on the latter topic, for the kinematic analysis of the spine, the application of functional data analysis to human movement, and the study of soft tissue artefacts. He was awarded a PhD for his research in these projects.