Special Issue "Wearable Sensors and Robotic Devices to Prevent and Monitor Work-Related Diseases"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Occupational Safety and Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Juri Taborri
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Leading Guest Editor
Department of Economics, Engineering, Society and Business Organization, Tuscia University, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
Interests: biomechanics; movement analysis; artificial intelligence; muscle synergies; measurements; robotics; sport engineering; wearable sensors
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Dr. Simone Pasinetti
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Guest Editor
Vis4Mechs Lab, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Brescia, Italy
Interests: mechanical and thermal measurements; industrial robotics; collaborative robotics; wearable robotics; biomechanics of human body; 2D and 3D vision systems

Special Issue Information

Occupational and work-related diseases are disorders caused by exposure to risk factors arising from work activities. Of these, motor disorders related to the musculoskeletal system represent one of the main categories that can lead to both fatal and nonfatal injuries. Epicondylitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and neck and back disease are just some examples of the main common disorders. The accurate measurement and monitoring of parameters related to worker movements in the workplace can lead to early prediction of the disorders, guaranteeing the possibility to implement a specific program for worker safety and/or to improve workplace conditions. In addition, the use of assistive and supporting devices for helping workers during the execution of specific challenging activities can lead to a reduction of motor disorder occurrence.

In the last year, technological advancements have allowed expansion in the applicability of human motion analysis that has also been applied in work environments. This is due to the advent of wearable sensors which are able to measure useful parameters for motor assessment through synthetic quantitative indices. Among the various types of sensors, inertial sensors are the most widespread for both kinematic and balance analysis, while force transducers are the most popular for kinetic analysis. In addition, wearable sensors for physiological parameters, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and energy consumption, can provide additional useful information on worker health condition. With regard to assistive and supportive devices, wearable exoskeletons as well as robots have shown their potential to reduce the efforts of workers and to improve the working conditions.

This Special Issue aims to promote innovative technologies and methodologies for the assessment of worker motion and health condition, as well as the development of supporting robotic devices. Original research contributions as well as review articles are welcome. 

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Innovative methodologies for worker motion analysis and health condition monitoring;
  • Application of wearable sensors for worker motion analysis and health condition monitoring;
  • Design of innovative sensors for worker motion analysis and health condition monitoring;
  • Application of robotic devices for supporting workers;
  • Design of innovative robotic devices for supporting workers;
  • Artificial intelligence for evaluating work safety;
  • Algorithms for evaluation of ergonomic worker condition;
  • Synthetic indices for work-related disorder prevention;
  • Guidelines for the implementation of specific programs to address worker safety.

Dr. Juri Taborri
Dr. Simone Pasinetti
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • biomechanics
  • wearable sensors
  • motion analysis
  • measurements
  • robotics
  • ergonomics
  • occupational safety
  • artificial intelligence
  • exoskeletons
  • occupational disorders
  • physiological parameters

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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