Tallinn University of Technology

TalTech and the rehabilitation centre will begin cooperation to improve rehabilitation robots, develop new digital technologies, and explore the making of individually customized 3D-printed orthoses for patients.

According to Tauno Otto, a professor of the TalTech School of Engineering, there are various solutions for different robots: "One of the objectives of this cooperation is to create softwares for rehabilitation robots to bring the patients' daily environment, such as home or workplace, to the rehabilitation centre. We are planning to do the same with the help of virtual reality." Prof. Otto is convinced that medical centres will increasingly be the territory of engineers and robots in the future.

Kadri Englas, Chairwoman of the Board in Haapsalu Neurological Rehabilitation Centre, says that such developments are essential in rehabilitation: "This way, we can adjust therapies more according to the patients' needs and create a familiar environment for them. The biggest purpose of rehabilitation is to achieve managing daily life. That is why recreating a usual environment has great significance in therapy. Robots and their software can help with this."

Rehabilitation specialists and researchers also wish to test the technology of digital twins to control robots from a distance and gather necessary feedback about their performed therapies. "Immediate feedback supports the patient's motivation, longer-term feedback helps to plan therapies better and make them more effective. We will also begin to analyze the efficiency of 3D technology in printing individual orthoses to understand if and with which orthoses can we win time and reduce costs," Kadri Englas confirms.

The basis of the cooperation is the framework agreement between Tiit Land, the Rector of TalTech, and Kadri Englas, the Chairwoman of the Board in Haapsalu Neurological Rehabilitation Centre.