SENDA Conference 2020
“New methods for early detection of dementia – contribution of motor
control, sensitivity & artificial intelligence”
from 24 - 25 April 2020 at the TU Chemnitz
The team of early career researchers from the research project SENDA - “Sensor-based systems for early detection of dementia – a reaction to demographic change” are holding an interdisciplinary conference entitled “New methods for early detection of dementia – contribution of motor control, sensitivity & artificial intelligence”. The two-day conference will be taking place from 24 - 25 April 2020 at the TU Chemnitz and is free of charge.
All interested persons are cordially invited to attend and take part in exciting discussions.
In light of an aging society (in the sense of demographic change) dementia has become a pivotal issue in Germany – so too in Saxony. According to the German Alzheimers Society its prevalence affects 7.3% of the population among those aged between 75 to 79 but rises to 26.1% in those between the ages of 85 to 89 (Deutsche Alzheimer Gesellschaft e.V., 2016). At the same time the German Alzheimers Society is predicting that the number of people suffering from dementia in Germany will rise to 3 million by 2050 and stresses the resulting socioeconomic burden in terms of care.
Dementia is often diagnosed late, even though it is known that changes in the brain occur well before clinical symptoms – such as problems finding words and memory impairments – can be detected. Due to the high costs imaging techniques for diagnosing dementia are mostly only used when clinical symptoms have become evident. However, at that state the disease has already progressed. Early diagnosis is a prerequisite to ensure optimal care for the people affected and hence of particular societal relevance.
On account of this, the research project “Sensor-based systems for early detection of dementia – a reaction to demographic change” (SENDA) aims to develop a multidimensional tool which would enable earlier detection of dementia. Since August 2017, researchers at the TU Chemnitz from the groups Sport Psychology, Movement Science, Digital Signal Processing and Circuit Technology and Analysis have been collaboratively researching, among other things, how dementia affects:
- simple, reproducible fine motor tasks
- changes affecting falling and balance
- brain activity recorded via electroencephalogramm (EEG) during various tasks, as well as at rest
- various gait parameters with the aid of devices from sensor technology and optical image recognition (e.g. 3D depth cameras)
The project (for more information click here) is funded by the European Social Fund and the state of Saxony.