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HUMOUR

Project reference: 231724
Funded under

HUman behavioral Modeling for enhancing learning by Optimizing hUman-Robot interaction

From 2009-01-01 to 2011-12-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 366 031

EU contribution:

EUR 2 562 000

Coordinated in:

Italy

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2007-3See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Investigating and developing efficient robot strategies to facilitate the acquisition of motor skills

The HUMOUR project will investigate and develop efficient robot strategies to facilitate the acquisition of motor skills. It will address both the (human) trainee and the (robot) trainer sides, by combining behavioural studies on motor learning and its neural correlates with design, implementation, and validation of robot agents that behave as optimal trainers, which efficiently exploit structure and plasticity of the human sensorimotor systems. Robot trainers will be validated in the context of motor skill learning and robot-assisted rehabilitation. This will benefit large groups of individuals, by helping professionals, e.g. surgeons, to acquire delicate motor skills; by providing older persons greater access to activities like fitness, sports, and arts, thus ultimately improving their quality of life.

Objective

The HUMOUR project will investigate and develop efficient robot strategies to facilitate the acquisition of motor skills. We will address both the (human) trainee and the (robot) trainer sides, by combining behavioural studies on motor learning and its neural correlates with design, implementation, and validation of robot agents that behave as 'optimal' trainers, which efficiently exploit structure and plasticity of the human sensorimotor systems. On the human trainee side, we will focus on the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying the acquisition of a variety of motor skills, by specifically aiming at understanding the way humans physically cooperate in acquiring a motor skill and how physical assistance affects motor learning. Experiments will enable us to identify determinants and dynamics of the learning process in representative motor tasks, and will provide the foundations for designing efficient schemes of assistance. On the robot trainer side, we will develop several robot agents for the acquisition of a variety of motor skills. They will be capable of generating appropriate schemes of assistance, based on the specific task needs and possibly learned from human experts. Robots will continuously adapt assistance, in terms of the observed performance and of neural and cognitive correlates of adaptation, to the specific user (e.g. patient) and his or her state. Robot trainers will be validated in the context of motor skill learning and robot-assisted rehabilitation. Robot agents that facilitate the capture of new motor skills may potentially benefit large groups of individuals, by helping professionals, e-g- surgeons, to acquire delicate motor skills; by providing older persons greater access to activities like fitness, sports, and arts, thus ultimately improving their quality of life. Furthermore, more effective training agents would also represent an innovative approach to robot therapy, which would likely increase its impact and extend its scope.

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Coordinator contact

Vittorio Sanguineti, (Scientific Coordinator)
Tel.: +39 010 3536487
Fax: +39 010 3536487
E-mail
Vittorio Sanguineti, (Scientific Coordinator)
Tel.: +39 010 3536487
Fax: +39 010 3536487
E-mail

Coordinator

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 550 820


VIA MOREGO
16163 GENOVA
Italy
Administrative contact: Ingrid Sica
Tel.: +39 010 71781418
Fax: +390107170817
E-mail

Participants

FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT FUR ARBEITSPHYSIOLOGIE UND ARBEITSSCHUTZ E.V.
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 401 432


ARDEYSTRASSE
44139 DORTMUND
Germany
Administrative contact: Herbert Heuer
Tel.: +49 231 1084301
Fax: +49 231 1084340
E-mail
EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 380 555


Wilhelmstrasse
72074 TUEBINGEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Niels Birbaumer
Tel.: +49-7071-2974219
Fax: +49-7071-295956
E-mail
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark

EU contribution: EUR 357 200


FREDRIK BAJERS VEJ
9220 AALBORG
Denmark
Administrative contact: Peter Thonning Olesen
Tel.: +45 9940 8822
Fax: +45 98154008
E-mail
FONDAZIONE SALVATORE MAUGERI CLINICA DEL LAVORO E DELLA RIABILITAZIONE
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 367 598


Via Salvatore Maugeri
27100 PAVIA
Italy
Administrative contact: ROBERTO COLOMBO
Tel.: +39 0382 592207
Fax: +39 0322 592576
E-mail
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 504 395


Exhibition Road, South Kensington Campus
SW7 2AZ LONDON
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Shaun Power
Tel.: +44(0) 207 594 8773
Fax: +44(0) 207 594 8609
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 0


Via Balbi
16126 GENOVA
Italy
Administrative contact: N/A N/A
Tel.: +00 0 000000
E-mail
Record Number: 89253 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01