- Skin Heath
- Healthcare Technologies
- Artificial intelligence
- Movement detection
Dr Silvia Caggiari is a Research Fellow within the Skin Sensing Research group in the School of Health Sciences. Her background includes a MSc in Biomedical Engineering from University of Bologna (Bologna, Italy) and an EPSRC iCase PhD (University of Southampton). Her doctoral work was designed to develop an intelligent algorithm to investigate posture and mobility during lying and sitting postures in individuals at risk of developing Pressure Ulcers. Silvia also worked for 2 years as Research Assistant at the “Biomechanics and Industrial Ergonomics” Laboratory (University of Cagliari, Italy), where she developed interest for human motion detection in the clinical field.
Her research focus surrounds the prevention of skin and soft tissue damage, e.g., pressure ulcers, involving a number of specialist areas, such as the:
- Evaluation of biomechanical and physiological interactions at a skin-device interface, e.g. respiratory protecting equipment;
- Development of intelligent algorithms and digital monitoring tools to evaluate posture and mobility for personalised care to support prevention of chronic wounds;
- Evaluate the translation of technology within healthcare setting
Silvia currently works on the research project “Intelligent Sensing to Promote Self-management of Posture and Mobility in Community Dwelling Individuals”, in collaboration with academics, clinicians, industry and members of public (Intelligent Sensing to Promote Self-management of Posture and Mobility in Community dwelling Individuals | University of Southampton). The research aims at developing a novel and low cost pressure sensing system, purposefully designed for community residents, which can monitor and alert posture and mobility to promote self-management and indipendence of pressure ulcer risk.
Silvia has been recently awared a EPRC Business and Commercialisation fellowship. From October 2023 she is also a Fellow within the Research and Innovation Services, working closely with the technology transfer managers.
- Dean's prize Early Career Award (FELS) (2021)
- EPUAP Free paper award presentation (2022)