This research is investigating the smart distributive tactile sensing technology and signal processing techniques to discriminate human gait and balance information from the dynamic response of a flexible surface. In contrast with other technologies for sensing human movement, this research is leading to devices that are mechanically robust, efficient to construct and able to discriminate the types of motion of people on the surface.
This research is developing surfaces able to output information to discriminate patient motion and human behaviour. Challenges are in the efficient real time derivation of information output that will vary between applications. To date the method has been successfully applied to discriminate movement in sport and health monitoring.