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Leonardo Lab - an automated house for research

Source: Silesian University of Technology Source: Silesian University of Technology

Leonardo Lab - a laboratory that focuses on man and his needs, is being built at the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Silesian University of Technology. It will allow to conduct research on the automation of space inhabited by the elderly or people who require care.

The laboratory will be officially opened on February 20. Located in the buildings of the Silesian University of Technology, it will allow to conduct extensive research into biomedical engineering solutions in the automation of everyday life.

Leonardo Lab is designed to help create engineering solutions for the elderly, persons with limited mobility and those who require constant care. Interaction with the infrastructure of the house will take place by means of gestures - a wave of hand will change the room temperature or dim the lights.

The laboratory has an open configuration, which means that it can be expanded with new control scenarios tailored to individual needs. For example, depending on the condition of the user, the bed can be converted into a chair and the room can adjust temperature depending on the intensity of perspiration determined by constant monitoring of vital functions.

The activities planned in the lab include not only design and research work, but also classes for biomedical engineering students. Members of the Biocreative Science Club - a student organization associated with the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering - will also use the lab to develop their engineering skills. Future plans include expanding the laboratory with robotic arms that will allow to assist bed-ridden users, and mobile robots that will support people with limited mobility.

The laboratory was financed by the APA Group.

PAP - Science in Poland, Dr. Aleksandra Ziembińska-Buczyńska

Dr. Aleksandra Ziembińska-Buczyńska is a microbiologist at the Silesian University of Technology. Since 2017, she is the head of the Silesian University of Technology Science Promotion Centre. She took third place in the third Polish edition of FameLab in 2015. She hosted the show "Inventors of the Future" on CANAL+ DISCOVERY, in which she presented Polish inventions and discoveries that could change our world in the near future. She is a finalist of the Science Promoter 2017 competition, co-organized by PAP - Science in Poland and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

The article is one of the results of the program Spokespersons of Science, organized by the Copernicus Science Centre and the British Council Foundation. The program facilitates establishing cooperation between scientists who promote knowledge and science journalists.

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