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HUMAN-ROBOT SENSORIMOTOR AUGMENTATION - WEARABLE SENSORIMOTOR INTERFACES AND SUPERNUMERARY ROBOTIC LIMBS FOR HUMANS WITH UPPER-LIMB DISABILITIES

Objective

HARIA re-defines the nature of physical human-robot interaction (HRI), laying the foundations of a new research field, i.e. human sensorimotor augmentation, whose constitutive elements are: i) AI-powered wearable and grounded supernumerary robotic limbs and wearable sensorimotor interfaces; ii) methods for augmentation enabling users to directly control and feel the extra limbs exploiting the redundancy of the human sensorimotor system through wearable interfaces; iii) clear target populations, i.e. chronic stroke and spinal cord injured individuals, and real-world application scenarios to demonstrate the extraordinary value of the paradigm shift that HARIA represents in HRI and the great impact on the motivation to re-use the paretic arm(s), with consequent improvement of the quality of life. Supernumerary limbs will be partially controlled by artificial intelligence, and partially under the direct control of the human who gains the agency of some motion parameters of the supernumerary limbs. From the control point of view, it is fundamental to find the right trade-off between motion task parameters that are controlled by the user, and the level of robot autonomy. This interplay is enabled by the wearable sensorimotor interface that establishes a connection between the human sensorimotor system and the system of actuators and sensors of the robot, allowing reciprocal awareness, trustworthiness and mutual understanding. HARIA finds its natural application in assisting people with uni- or bi-lateral upper limbs chronic motor disabilities. Technology and methodology developments will follow a user-centered design approach, as only patients with disabilities are fully aware of their real (still unmet) needs in real life activities. This project will also go beyond the application to health, starting a new era of intuitive and seamless human-robot augmentation by wearable sensorimotor interfaces and supernumerary limbs.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA
Net EU contribution
€ 1 080 250,00
Address
Via Banchi Di Sotto 55
53100 Siena
Italy

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Region
Centro (IT) Toscana Siena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (7)

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 617 500,00
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova

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Region
Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 750 000,00
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Karlsruhe Karlsruhe, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FONDAZIONE SANTA LUCIA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 799 100,00
Address
Via Ardeatina 306
00179 Roma

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Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
OTTOBOCK SE & CO. KGAA
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 320 000,00
Address
Max-nader-strasse 15
37115 Duderstadt

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Region
Niedersachsen Braunschweig Göttingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 375 000,00
Address
Paradisgatan 5c
22100 Lund

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Region
Södra Sverige Sydsverige Skåne län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TWENTE MEDICAL SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL B.V.
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 350 000,00
Address
Zutphenstraat 57
7575 EJ Oldenzaal

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Oost-Nederland Overijssel Twente
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SERVICIO DE SALUD DE CASTILLA LA MANCHA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 303 450,00
Address
Avenida Rio Guadiana 4
45007 Toledo

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Region
Castilla-La Mancha Toledo
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00