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FP7 Balance

BALANCE

Project reference: 601003
Funded under

Balance Augmentation in Locomotion, through Anticipative, Natural and Cooperative control of Exoskeletons

From 2013-01-01 to 2017-07-31, ongoing project

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 5 912 100

EU contribution:

EUR 4 494 323

Coordinated in:

Spain

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-9See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
The goal of the BALANCE project is to realize an exoskeletal robot that improves the balance performance of humans, targeted at users facing balance-challenging conditions or suffering from a lack of ability to walk or maintain balance during walking. The proposed exoskeleton is human-cooperative in the sense that the control of the exoskeleton is complementary to the remaining human control. Depending on application it can either assist only in difficult conditions or in case of erroneous behaviour of the user, or can assist the user maximally. The ultimate goal is to have the exoskeleton seamlessly cooperate with the human. The exploitation of the results will focus on applications in neurorehabilitation and worker support.

Objective

The goal of this project is to realize an exoskeletal robot that improves the balance performance of humans, targeted at users facing balance-challenging conditions or suffering from a lack of ability to walk or maintain balance during walking. The proposed exoskeleton will know the difference between the onset of a fall and an intentional change of walking pattern, such as a turn, or a step/stair and only when necessary will it act to maintain postural balance. Available exoskeletons lack the ability to correct or assist postural balance and due to size, weight and controls; they often impede balance.The proposed exoskeleton is human-cooperative in the sense that the control of the exoskeleton is complementary to the remaining human control. Depending on application it can either assist only in difficult conditions or in case of erroneous behaviour of the user, or can assist the user maximally. Supported tasks are functional standing and walking, in a clinical, real-life or work environment, including specific actions like turning or stepping on or off an elevation.The basic concept is to understand how human postural control is structured, how and why it functions and is robust in healthy humans, and to use this knowledge to mimic and enhance the postural control through the exoskeleton in a minimally obtrusive manner. BALANCE will study and implement both anticipatory and reactive balancing mechanisms, and implement a 'sense of balance' and 'sense of human motion intentions' through sensor fusion techniques and data analysis. The ultimate goal is to have the exoskeleton seamlessly cooperate with the human, both for healthy and neurologically impaired subjects.A consortium of specialists in exoskeleton hardware development, human motor control, exoskeleton control, adaptive robot control, gait mechanics, biomechanical sensing and balance assessment technology has gathered in BALANCE to achieve these objectives. The exploitation of the results will focus on applications in neurorehabilitation and worker support.

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Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 679 734


PASEO MIKELETEGI PARQUE TECNOLOGICO DE MIRAMON 2
20009 DONOSTIA SAN SEBASTIAN
Spain
Administrative contact: Jan Veneman
Tel.: +34 667 119 687
E-mail

Participants

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 427 040


Raemistrasse 101
8092 ZUERICH
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Jonas Buchli
Tel.: +41 44 633 92 06
E-mail
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 604 594


KAROLINENPLATZ 5
64289 DARMSTADT
Germany
Administrative contact: Andre Seyfarth
Tel.: +49 6151 163164
E-mail
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France

EU contribution: EUR 560 459


RUE LEBLANC 25
75015 PARIS 15
France
Administrative contact: Dominique Schoen
Tel.: +33 1 46548978
E-mail
XSENS TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 470 378


PANTHEON 6A 8A
7521 PR ENSCHEDE
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Colleen Monaghan
Tel.: +31 88 97367 77
E-mail
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 685 181


DRIENERLOLAAN 5
7522 NB ENSCHEDE
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Erik van Unen
Tel.: +31534892560
E-mail
UNIVERZITETNI REHABILITACIJSKI INSTITUT REPUBLIKE SLOVENIJE-SOCA
Slovenia

EU contribution: EUR 435 395


Linhartova cesta 51
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
Administrative contact: Robert Cugelj
Tel.: +386 1 4758101
E-mail
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 631 542


SOUTH KENSINGTON CAMPUS EXHIBITION ROAD
SW7 2AZ LONDON
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Shaun Power
Tel.: +44 207 594 8773
Fax: +44 2075941265
E-mail
Record Number: 106854 / Last updated on: 2016-09-08