We are at the verge of major revolution in the way our health and well-being is managed since aseptic surgery became available widely around 100 years ago. Today, medical and consumer technology are converging to offer a new paradigm for continuous “self-monitoring”, day and night, as physiological sensors are getting so small, wearable and even implantable that we will forget we are carrying them on/in our body. This Macro-to-Nano human sensing revolution will happen in the coming years, we just do not know exactly how many years it will take.
In the present project we envision a future where humans will be wearing, on and in their body dozens of micro and nano sensors that will monitor a multitude of physiologic indicators of our fantastic sophisticated body. These indicators will enable the above-mentioned revolution and will provide the possibility to move from the current acute healthcare paradigm (where surgery is the maximum exponent) to a preventive medicine one that acts as early as possible to manage ones well-being and health issues.
Future human sensing systems will be multi-layered networks of sensor and actuator devices, ranging from the macro to the nano level. Ecosystems of interoperable tiny devices at these different layers will exchange data and commands seamlessly to make us more aware of our health, act earlier to potential disease signs and surely drive our society for a lower cost of healthcare.
The present project, organized around 5 research lines, will precisely focus on developing the scientific competencies among the partners to address these major challenges that the next health and well-being revolution will impose to the future healthcare industry.