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The Selected Projects for the Japan-Finland Research Cooperative Program in FY2013

Title of the Selected Project Principal Investigator (PI) Institution
Dependable Wireless Healthcare Networks for Reliable Body Area Network-based Healthcare Ryuji Kohno
(Japanese side)
Graduate school of Engineering
Yokohama National University
Professor
Jari Iinatti
(Finnish side)
Center for Wireless Communications
University of Oulu
Professor
Abstract

This new joint project aims at research and development of multiple layer joint optimization in the international standard of medical body area networks and their clinical application.

In the Japanese team, multiple layer joint optimization of medical body area networks will be developed. The Finnish team will investigate improvements to the IEEE802.15.6-2012 system performance in interfered environments, etc.. In both teams, amendment of international standards, demonstration tests and evaluation in medical facilities will also be addressed.

Significant contribution is expected to the improvement of the quality of medical treatment through acceleration of the introduction of wireless medical networks, which will be made possible by these research teams working together.

Title of the Selected Project Principal Investigator (PI) Institution
Novel system for quantitative assessment of multi-organ tissue perfusion Hidehiro Iida
(Japanese side)
Investigative Radiology
National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center Research Institute
Professor
Juhani Knuuti
(Finnish side)
Turku PET Center University of Turku
Professor
Abstract

This new joint project aims at R&D and clinical application of a novel system for quantitative assessment of multi-organ tissue-perfusion, using a short-lived nucleus of 15O and PET. Multi-modal hybrid MRI and PET imaging technique will be developed by the Japanese research team. The Finnish research team will evaluate the need for upgrading existing 15O water infusion software, and the development of new software.

The quantitative assessment of tissue perfusion in whole-body organs will be established by these teams working together. Those novel techniques are expected to provide better understanding of the pathophysiology of various diseases such as metabolic disease and cancer, and will contribute to effectiveness of treatment of those diseases.

Title of the Selected Project Principal Investigator (PI) Institution
Teleassistance for Seniors with Dementia A Novel Concept for Safety Hirokazu Kato
(Japanese side)
Graduate School of Information Science Nara Institute of Science and Technology Professor
Petri Pulli
(Finnish side)
Department of Information Processing Science
University of Oulu
Professor
Abstract

This new joint project aims to develop a navigation system for people with dementia using ubiquitous computing technology so they can walk outdoors independently.

A laser augmented reality navigator and sensor vest, and corresponding health care system will be developed by the Japanese research team. The development of a Tele-support user interface and clinical testing will be done by the Finnish research team.

By both research teams working together to build a remote assistance environment, it is expected that an environment can be realized where both elderly people and caregivers can feel comfortable, in which for example elderly people can safely and comfortably go out by themselves.


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