A research team from Nazarbayev University received a grant from the World Bank for their project related to the rehabilitation of stroke patients. This grant was within the framework of a joint project with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Stimulating Productive Innovations”.
-The grant money will be spent on software and for exoskeleton development to produce the ultimate product. For the next stage, our team will test, certify and register the product. After that, the product will be available for sale, – says Beibit Abdikenov, a Ph.D. student at Nazarbayev University School of Engineering.
The research team led by Professor of the School of Engineering at Nazarbayev University Prashant Jamwal and Beybit Abdikenov successfully demonstrated their innovative product at the UN’s special exhibition – “Assistive Technology in Accelerating Learning and Participation of Children with Disabilities” – on March 7-8 in Geneva (Switzerland).
– We demonstrated our invention to the representatives of more than 160 permanent delegations of the United Nations in Geneva, international and non-governmental institutions, scientific and research communities, organizations of persons with disabilities, as well as industry partners and inventors from many countries. Our team received appreciation from UN Director General, Mr. Michael Moeller, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, EU Commissioner on Digital Technology and Society, Ms. Mariya Gabriel, DDG Emergency Preparedness and response (WHO), and Ms. Afshan Khan, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia. We used this opportunity to talk about our university and Kazakhstan, and we believe that we achieved success in our mission, – says Professor Prashant Jamval.
As previously reported, ReLive is an innovative solution for the rehabilitation of patients after a stroke. It includes equipment and software for reading and recognizing brain signals, a microcontroller and an exoskeleton of the upper limbs.
The system allows users to mentally manage the exoskeleton (artificial limbs), which can speed up the process of a patient’s recovery. Currently, the prototype has passed preliminary tests and is fully functioning.
The university is currently accepting online applications for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs at the School of Engineering. Detailed information is available on the application website apply.nu.edu.kz and the School of Engineering website www.seng.nu.edu.kz.