Smart Devices & AI for Rehabilitation (SAIRE)

VLAIO - Tetra
Research project

Smart Devices & AI for Rehabilitation

In today's society, healthcare is experiencing increasing pressure. Staff shortages and an increase in the number of people requiring care mean that healthcare professionals are having to perform more and more, and often have too little time per user. The major technological advances that are being made offer a possible solution here with the help of smart devices and Artificial Intelligence (AI). In this project, we focus on applications of these technologies within rehabilitation of motor problems.



SAIRE's end-users are healthcare consumers and providers, and it focuses on the target groups of providers of smart devices, integrators and AI on the one hand and healthcare institutions on the other. The primary goal is to accelerate the deployment of smart devices and AI in rehabilitation and healthcare in general.

We want to tackle this in two ways:

  1. Inform the healthcare sector and remove existing barriers (such as limited knowledge, reliability, acceptance rate).
  2. Translate, combine and validate existing knowledge that enables the technology sector to develop software, hardware and finished products tailored to care institutions. The focus here is on smaller Flemish enterprises that want to implement smart devices and AI for care applications but do not have the manpower and/or sufficient knowledge to do so.


In order to accelerate the deployment of AI and smart devices in the healthcare sector, SAIRE will highlight its potential through concrete user scenarios, provided to us from the rehabilitation sector but with many applications in other sectors, such as elderly care and nursing.

During the development of these user scenarios, we will investigate:

  1. Which user-friendly, mobile, broadly applicable low cost smart devices can be used to support care recipients in a rehabilitation setting.
  2. In which way the existing technologies can be combined, taking into account the needs, demands and wishes of both the caretaker and the user.
  3. With which (existing) AI-techniques the movement of patients can be analysed accurately and reliably. 
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