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Project reference: 248587
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The Hand Embodied

From 2010-03-01 to 2014-05-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 9 576 461

EU contribution:

EUR 7 175 692

Coordinated in:

Italy

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2009-4See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Advancing the state of the art in artificial system architectures for the "hand" as a cognitive organ

The scientific goals of The Hand Embodied concern the reciprocal linkages between the physical hand and its high-level control functions, and about the way that the embodiment enables and determines its behaviours and cognitive functions.  The idea is to study how the embodied characteristics of the human hand affect and determine the learning and control strategies people use for such fundamental cognitive functions as exploring, grasping and manipulating. The ultimate goal of the project is to learn from human data how to devise improved system architectures for the hand as a cognitive organ, and eventually how to better design and control robot hands, haptic interfaces and hand prostheses.

Objective

The scientific goals of the proposal revolve around the reciprocal linkages between the physical hand and its high-level control functions, and about the way that the embodiment enables and determines its behaviours and cognitive functions. THE Hand Embodied refers to the hand as both a cognitive entity standing for the sense of active touch and as the physical embodiment of such sense, the organ, comprised of actuators and sensors that ultimately realize the link between perception and action. The study of the intrinsic relationship between the hand as a cognitive abstraction and its bodily instance will be made possible by: (a) performing neuroscientific and perceptual behavioural studies with participants engaged in controlled manual activities; and (b) the parallel development of a theoretical framework to lay the foundations for design and control of robotic hands and haptic interfaces. The general idea is to study how the embodied characteristics of the human hand and its sensors, the sensorimotor transformations, and the very constraints they impose, affect and determine the learning and control strategies we use for such fundamental cognitive functions as exploring, grasping and manipulating. The ultimate goal of the present proposal is to learn from human data and hypotheses-driven simulations how to devise improved system architectures for the hand as a cognitive organ, and eventually how to better design and control robot hands and haptic interfaces. The project hinges about the conceptual structure and the geometry of such enabling constraints, or synergies: correlations in redundant hand mobility (motor synergies), correlations in redundant cutaneous and kinaesthetic receptors readings (multi-cue integration), and overall sensorimotor system synergies. These are also our key ideas for advancing the state of the art in artificial systems for robotic manipulation and haptic and neuroprosthetic interfaces.

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Coordinator contact

Antonio BICCHI, (Director)
Tel.: +39 050 2217060
Fax: +39 050 2217051
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Antonio BICCHI, (Director)
Tel.: +39 050 2217060
Fax: +39 050 2217051
E-mail
Antonio BICCHI, (Director)
Tel.: +39 050 2217060
Fax: +39 050 2217051
E-mail
Antonio BICCHI, (Director)
Tel.: +39 050 2217060
Fax: +39 050 2217051
E-mail
Antonio BICCHI, (Director)
Tel.: +39 050 2217060
Fax: +39 050 2217051
E-mail
Antonio BICCHI, (Director)
Tel.: +39 050 2217060
Fax: +39 050 2217051
E-mail

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 1 600 583


Largo Lucio Lazzarino 1
56122 Pisa
Italy
Administrative contact: Antonio Bicchi
Tel.: +39 050 2217060
Fax: +39 050 2217051
E-mail

Participants

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 1 553 630


Linder Hoehe
51147 KOELN
Germany
Administrative contact: Nicole Laqua-Feller
Tel.: +49 8153 282427
Fax: +49 8153 281972
E-mail
UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 587 292


UNIVERSITAETSSTRASSE 25
33615 BIELEFELD
Germany
Administrative contact: Sebastian Kraus
Tel.: +49 521 106 4180
Fax: +49 521 106 6445
E-mail
MAX PLANCK GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
Participation ended
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 129 906


Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 MUENCHEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Patrice Wegener
Tel.: +49-7071-601-1791
Fax: +49-7071-601-1793
E-mail
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6
France

EU contribution: EUR 473 915


PLACE JUSSIEU 4
75252 PARIS
France
Administrative contact: Ella Bouquet
Tel.: +33 1 44 27 97 77
Fax: +33 1 44 27 51 45
E-mail
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 561 600


HEROON POLYTECHNIOU 9 ZOGRAPHOU CAMPUS
15780 ATHINA
Greece
Administrative contact: Kostas Kyriakopoulos
Tel.: +30 210 772 3595
Fax: +30 210 772 3657
E-mail
UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 608 000


VIA BANCHI DI SOTTO 55
53100 SIENA
Italy
Administrative contact: Silvano Focardi
Tel.: +39 0577 232206
Fax: +39 0577 232202
E-mail
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Participation ended
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 608 128


HEIDELBERGLAAN 8
3584 CS UTRECHT
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Pieter Thijssen
Tel.: +31 30 2533065
Fax: +31 30 2531645
E-mail
STICHTING VU-VUMC
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 256 956


DE BOELELAAN 1105
1081 HV AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Administrative contact: H.G. van der Linden
Tel.: +31 20 59 88824
E-mail
SICS Swedish ICT AB
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 236 628


PO BOX 1263
16429 KISTA
Sweden
Administrative contact: Charlotta Jorsater
Tel.: +46 86331500
Fax: +46 87517230
E-mail
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 559 054


Paradisgatan 5c
22100 LUND
Sweden
Administrative contact: Henrik Jörntell
Tel.: +46 46 222 77 64
Fax: +46 46 222 45 46
E-mail
Record Number: 93857 / Last updated on: 2016-04-11