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The fusion of neuroscience and robotics for augmenting human capabilities

Objective

The ultimate objective of the NEUROBOTICS project is very ambitious, yet clear and well defined: to introduce a discontinuity in the robot design, thus going literally "Beyond Robotics". This discontinuity will be pursued by a strategic alliance between Neuroscience and Robotics, which will go well beyond present, mostly fragmented, collaborations, and lead to overcome state-of-the-art of robotics worldwide.

The scientific, technological and cultural environment in Europe is mature to face this challenge, whose impact in engineering and medicine could be comparable to that recognized to "big science" projects. NEUROBOTICS will systematically explore the area of Hybrid Bionic Systems (HBSs) and will deeply investigate the theme of human augmentation. Starting from the most advanced state of the art in neuroscience, NEUROBOTICS will aim at developing new integrated robotic artefacts, as much biomorphic as required to be effectively interfaced with human body and brain.

Three robotic platforms featuring different levels of hybridness (i.e. mechanical coupling with the human body) and of connectivity (to the human nervous system) will be developed to be used in experiments on human augmentation: biomimetic scalable artefacts to be remotely controlled by human operator; intelligent wearable artefacts loosely physically coupled with the human body; arm-hand sub-systems tightly physically coupled with the human body. NEUROBOTICS will provide general answers on how the field of human augmentation can be approached with methods, tools, and aims that have a solid scientific foundation, keeping into account the ethical and societal perspective.

The "heritage" of NEUROBOTICS will be the kernel of a new community of European researchers, with strong links to non-European top scientists (e.g. in US and Japan), able to dominate the scientific, technical, industrial, societal and ethical aspects of this novel discipline and to exploit it to the benefit of the EU citizens.

Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO SANT'ANNA
Address
Piazza Martiri Della Liberta, 33
56127 Pisa
Italy

Participants (16)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
3, Rue Michel-ange
75794 Paris Cedex 16
COLLEGE DE FRANCE
France
Address
11, Place Marcelin Berthelot
75005 Paris
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT- UND RAUMFAHRT E.V.
Germany
Address
Linder Hoehe
51147 Koeln
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Muenchen
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Sweden
Address
Solnavaegen 1
171 77 Solna Stockholm
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
Address
Valhallavaegen 79
100 44 Stockholm
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
9, Heroon Polytechniou Str.
15773 Athens
PONTEDERA AND TECNOLOGIA SOCIETA' CONSORTILE A RESPONSABILITA' LIMITATA
Italy
Address
Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 7
56025 Pontedera
UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
C/o Ekonomi Adm Enheten
901 87 Umea
UNIVERSITA "CAMPUS BIO-MEDICO" DI ROMA
Italy
Address
Via Emilio Longoni 83
00155 Roma
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FERRARA
Italy
Address
Via Savonarola 9
44100 Ferrara
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA
Italy
Address
Via Universita 12
43100 Parma
UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Campus Universitari S/n
08290 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola Del Valles)
UNIVERSITE PARIS VI
France
Address
Place Jussieu 4
75252 Paris Cedex 05