Dario Salvi has been working in LST since 2005. His main research areas are personalized health systems, Ambient Assisted Living, SW quality and Verification and Validation.
Sept 2007– today PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
My PhD thesis is about a development framework for personalised health systems. It includes the definition of a model of the domain for SW engineering with relevant concepts and use cases and a programming platform in Java that allows the separation of data handling and processing, reasoning and user interaction.
Nov 2005– Jul 2007 M.Phil. in Biomedical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
Sept 1997– May 2004 M.Sc. in Telecommunication Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, final mark 110 cum laude / 110
EU Research projects:
2013–today ReAAL (CIP grant agreement 325189) http://www.cip-reaal.eu/
ReAAL aims at deploying several applications in the field of active and independent living on top of the universAAL platform in several pilot sites involving ca. 7000 users in 8 countries.
In this project I am responsible for the technical evaluation of the installations and for managing ethical issues.
2010–today universAAL (FP7-247950) http://www.universaal.org/
universAAL is an EU funded project that aims at producing an open platform that provides a standardized approach making it technically feasible and economically viable to develop Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) solutions.
The project is developing an open source development platform with related Eclipse-based tools, for programming applications in a highly distributed, HW and SW heterogeneous environment, allowing the onnection of sensors, actuators and external services.
In this project, my main role is leader of the Verification and Validation work-package. My duties are focused on coordinating the work of 5 partners, merging their experiences into a common evaluation framework, and conducting the assessments of the project’s outcomes with both technical and non-technical users. As secondary roles I am also involved in the development of the user interaction framework of the platform and I contributed in organizing an international competition on AAL systems called EvAAL (http://evaal.aaloa.org/).
2011 NeoMark (FP7-2007-2.5.3-ICT-224483) http://www.neomark.eu
NeoMark is a FP7 EU-funded project that aims at improving the management of highly invasive and recurring cancers through a computer-assisted risk stratification and disease evolution prediction system.
The system proposed in the project allows computing clinical, imaging and RNA data with smart algorithms and predicting the recurrence of Oral Squamous Cancer Carcinoma after surgery.
Within this project, I was responsible for the development of an ontology that would fit the heterogeneous data collected by the system into a interoperable, semantic model.
The systems was used in a clinical trial that involved 86 patients with more than 12 months of follow-ups in three clinical centres.
2008–today HeartCycle (FP7-216695) http://www.heartcycle.eu/
HeartCycle is a FP7 EU project that aims at providing a closed-loop disease management solution being able to serve both Heart Failure (HF) patients and Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) patients.
Within this project, I was involved in the realization of the “Patient loop”, the part of the system that interacts directly with the patient to supports the daily treatment and supports the motivation and the education of the patient.
My tasks were related to SW engineering and programming, especially related to the application dedicate to post-infarction rehabilitation, namely, the Guided Exercise system (GEx).
In order to abstract common functionalities required in the health domain, and also to provide a proper implementation environment for the different engineers working in the project (programmers, specialists in user interaction, education and motivation experts), I designed and developed a proper “development platform”.
The platform is based on a basic assumption: separating data collection and pre-processing, user interaction graphics, and flows and high-level reasoning.
On top of the platform, the application used by the patient was developed. This included communication to remote servers, connecting to a PDA responsible for guiding the user in rehabilitation exercises, showing health developments and sending motivating messages.
The development platform the application were realised in Java with the help of some open source libraries (Drools, JBPM, HSQL).
I was also in charge of developing the application that run on the PDA, programmed in .Net Compact Framework and running on Windows CE.
The GEx system is currently being tested in a randomized clinical trail with 60 patients in three countries.
2007 NUADU (ITEA 05003) http://www.nuadu.org/
NUADU is an ITEA project that addresses the technical challenges of providing networked healthcare and wellbeing for improved quality of life and more cost effective solutions for service providers.
Within this project I was partially involved in the programming of a mobile application, written in C\# and running on Windows CE, that connected to a wireless Bluetooth sensor and implemented the user interaction with the patient.
2005–2009 Myheart (IST 507815) http://www.hitech-projects.com/euprojects/myheart/
The Myheart project is a FP6 EU project which aimed at developing ICT-based solutions for the prevention and monitoring of cardiovascular diseases.
The project main technologies are based on smart electronic, textile sensors, that, combined with well-designed software services, aim at empowering the users to take control of their own health status.
Within this project, I was involved within the development of the system proposed for patients with chronic heart failure: the Heart Failure Management system (HFM).
The system comprised a PDA that was responsible for gathering data from prototypal, textile sensors, and commercial, off-the-shelf sensors with Bluetooth wireless connection, sending collected data to a remote web service and implementing the user interaction for the patients.
I was in charge of the development of the software that run on the PDA. I had to take care of several aspects, like communication protocols, webservice clients, business logics and GUI. The solution was realised in .Net compact framework on top of a Windows CE PDA.
The system underwent an observational clinical trial with 140 patients in three countries. The results of trial are currently under analysis.
email: dsalvi at lst tfo upm es