Optimizing knee rehabilitation
I chose the course ‘Designing intelligence in interaction’ because I wanted to learn how intelligence could be applied in my own projects. Before this course I also followed the elective Principles of Intelligent Systems which introduced me to the meaning of intelligence, however I did not learn ways to apply intelligence in my own projects. In this course I had to make use of learning to create an intelligent system. I learned that there are two types of training, unsupervised and supervised. For these types of learning different algorithms could be used. Together with my group I chose to explore supervised learning further. We used the K-Nearest Neighbour algorithm.
In this project I learned how to integrate intelligence in a concept for health. I applied my technological skills by making the sensors work and helped integrate this in the learning algorithm. When linking the input from the sensors to the learning algorithm I began to understand how the input was used. In our system we used the K-Nearest Neighbour algorithm to find the best suitable exercise for the patient. In this algorithm the system will look at its database and will find the exercise which gives the best improvement for similar situations in the past.
I found it really hard to know if our product could be called ‘intelligent’. I think it is difficult to see the difference between a simple feedback loop and intelligence. But I learned that the flexibility of a system or product can be increased by using learning algorithms. The possibility to adapt to changes distinguishes intelligence from a simple feedback loop. In a feedback loop the product can only react to the feedback. I learned that algorithms can be used to compares the input to previously gathered knowledge and give the best suitable answer, which makes it possible for intelligent systems to adapt to changes.
In my future projects I would really like to see how the learning algorithms, with the help of csv files, could be used in my projects. With this I would like to achieve products which can adapt to the users’ needs. As I am interested in designing for Dementia it could be very useful to design adaptive products. When designing for Dementia which is a progressive condition a product which grows with the users’ needs would be of great value.