The work plan has been designed to ensure that the specific needs of the SME partners addressed are met and that the proposed activities are undertaken with a scientific and technological quality that guarantees the accomplishment of the project objectives.

The Work Plan is composed by 6 RTD Work Packages (WP), a management WP and an additional WP devoted specifically to dissemination and exploitation of project results.

 

WP1, WP2 and WP3 are devoted to provide the necessary data to feed the Artificial Neural Network (ANN), and eventually the Pressure Predictor of WP4.

In WP1, lead by INESCOP, the specifications and requirements of the data acquisition needed by the system in order to provide the pressure prediction will be addressed: data on the geometrical description of the foot, static and dynamic pressure of the foot, registration of foot positions in movement, and material characterisation (footwear and insole).

LION will lead, within WP2, the design and prototyping of the 4D foot scanning device, which faces the need of a dynamic foot scanner able to record foot geometry over time to register the changes in the foot structure during gait, and to translate it into valuable information (foot reconstruction). INESCOP and UNIVPM will assist LION, providing their expertise in 3D Foot Scanner design and Geometry Reconstruction software.

The output of the WP3, leaded by USAL, will be a software tool that enables ‘totally bespoke’ and practice led insole designs, by integrating insole material selection, insole geometry and knowledge of insole performance features. The insole description will feed into the Pressure Predictor so that the insole influence on the pressure can be analyzed. This work package will provide a clear clinical direction to the software development to ensure that it meets both clinical and user objectives, with a close work with S-INSOLE, and EUROSUOLE, the advice of INESCOP, and the contribution of ALUGROUP in the software development.

In WP4, UVEG will lead and develop, with the participation of INESCOP and USAL, a foot pressure predictor model based on artificial neural networks (ANNs). With this tool, the podiatrists will be able to obtain a prediction of the pressures exerted by shoes and insoles over the foot sole under dynamic conditions (gait cycle). Once an accurate neural model has been achieved, a sensitivity analysis will be performed to confirm which of the input variables used to “feed” the neural model are relevant to the model output.

The objective of WP5, led by UNIVPM, is the development of a CAD-based tool in order to manage the 3D foot model and to visualise the 3D foot pressure map in the same environment where the shoe and the insole can be chosen and customised. The patient will be able to select the specific shoe and insole model from a user friendly interactive catalogue, which will be developed also within WP5, and to see (using augmented reality techniques: Virtual Mirror) how the shoes look when they wear them. The augmented reality system will allow to integrating 3D computer graphics models of the personalized shoes recommended by the podiatrist (based on the results of the pressure predictor, WP4).

The integration of the individual results, final testing and validation will take place during WP6, with the participation of all project partners, led by USAL. SME partners will be deeply involved, providing information about their context and case studies, attending tests and being trained on the developed systems. The user validation will take place at INESCOP facilities (simulating a shop environment) and at USAL facilities (simulating a clinic environment).

The SMARTPIF project is set up in order to allow a maximum exploitability for the participating SMEs. In WP7 detailed roadmaps and plans for exploitation on the consortium level as well as on the level of the single participants will be conceived. Exploitation and dissemination activities will also target a critical mass of stakeholders over the territory of Europe, addressing research agents, other companies and the overall society to promote health through foot care.

The overall project management will be addressed in WP8. The Project Coordination Committee (PCC) will provide the technical and administrative management for the project, concerning every aspects of the project life: technical, financial, schedule, partnership, dissemination and exploitation.