New course unit about disability at ESIEE Paris

Entitled « technologies for disability in e-health », this new unit of opening and in-depth study (OUAP) was implemented on September 2nd, 2021 by Bertrand Roudier and Adrien Ugon, teacher-researchers and co-heads of the Biotechnologies and e-health unit at ESIEE Paris. This Thursday 28th of October the final presentations of the projects completed by the students took place. 

What is OUAP, « technologies for disability in e-health » ? 

It is a unit that puts the principles of co-development at its centre, in which students in their 2nd year of the engineering cycle work in groups of 3 on a technological project around disability. To carry out their project, students have met with a diverse range of participants such as doctors, patients, engineers, etc. The goal being to consult all potential users in order to describe the functions and needs addressed by technology, etc…

Final Presentation : Thursday 28th of October 

This Thursday morning, students presented their projects in front of a judging panel (partly from a distance), composed of health professionals, engineers, patients and an ergonomist. Among them, Sylvia Pelayo, ergonomist and teacher-researcher at Lille University, associated with Lille CTI and currently responsible of the Tech4health network ; Corinne Bagnis, University Professor and hospital practitioner in nephrology at « Pitié Salpêtrière (AP-HP) » and Julien Fauque, patient and expert on Alzheimer’s disease. 
The goal of this presentation was to convince the entire judging panel that their project fits with users’ needs and with the necessary technical requirements. The twelve groups of students presented an assistive device for people affected by movement disorders, kidney disease and Parkinson’s disease. 

A few project examples :

  • Telemonitoring device for elderly persons with an auto detection of falling risk feature and an automated alert system to the healthcare team to facilitate patient care 
  • Parkinson’s Disease patient treatment device via a near-infrared light
  • Assisted-mobility device for dialysis patients