Interdisciplinary Innovation in healthcare

At Somaiya Vidyavihar,  we support a campus innovation culture, connecting students, faculty and experts across campus institutions – to gather and exchange ideas.  We understand that diverse knowledge is needed to solve various real-life problems.

Each year students of K J Somaiya College of Engineering work closely with faculty mentors on projects that explore innovations in engineering for applications in automobiles to medicine. These projects introduce students to the application of engineering theories, build analytic skills and help students find their own future path.

Three students from K J Somaiya College of Engineering, Chirag Shah (Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering); Abhishek Rai (Mechanical Engineering): Ninad Gund (Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering) and Shreyas Seshadri (Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering) are currently collaborating to develop Robo- Rehab, a smart rehabilitation device to be used in physiotherapy.

Physical Rehabilitation is done manually by physiotherapists for recovery from strokes, joint, replacements, fractures, arthritis etc. This procedure generally involves the physiotherapist aiding the movements of particular joints to improve range of motion, reduce stiffness and gain control. Manual treatment is both exhausting and time consuming for the physiotherapists. Available devices are bulky, complex to operate, have a high setup time, and generally target only a specific joint.

Robo-Rehab is a smart rehabilitation device for the arm, with provision for multiple modes of exercising, hence allowing it to be used in various stages of physical rehabilitation for a wide array of ailments like stroke rehabilitation, post joint replacement surgeries, during fracture recovery. The device can be controlled using an android application that simplifies the interaction with the device for the physiotherapist and can provide access to patient progress over time. A gamified experience using virtual reality is also being conceptualised to accelerate the patient’s progress.

Robo Rehab 3Chirag and Abhishek are being guided by Dr Anjali Puntambekar, and Dr Mugdha Oberoi professors from K. J. Somaiya College of Physiotherapy for a better understanding of existing physiotherapy equipment and treatment procedures.

The funding from KJSCE enabled the students to work on the project and an opportunity to participate in Smart India Hackathon Hardware Edition 2018. Post-graduation, the students are being guided by KJSCE and Somaiya RiiDL, the incubation initiative of Somaiya Vidyavihar to learn entrepreneurship.

From acquiring the know-how of developing a product to starting a company, review sessions and guidance from the Somaiya RiiDL team, guidance from Dr Radha Iyer, SIMSR on market research students are carving the road ahead.

The prototype has been showcased at the Smart India Hackathon Grand Finale Hardware Edition 2018 as well as Maker Faire Hyderabad 2018.

Says Chirag, with a sparkle in eyes and a smile in his face “Dr Shubha Pandit has encouraged and inspired us. The contribution of various other Somaiya Vidyavihar Institutes has been tremendous. It has been the inputs and support from across Somaiya Vidyavihar that makes it possible for us to dream and work towards making a difference”.

Chirag Shah and Abhishek Rai were awarded “Mentor’s Choice for Best Prototype” in the ‘Two Days Workshop on Design of Medical Products: Practical Insights and Lessons’ Organized jointly by TATA Trusts PATH Impact Lab (TPIL), Venture Center & Social Alpha on 23rd – 24th November 2018.  They have also received approval from SINE IIT Bombay committee, for funding support under the DST NIDHI-PRAYAS.


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