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Restoration of upper limb function in individuals with high spinal cord injury by multimodal neuroprostheses for interaction in daily activities

Objective

More than half of the persons with spinal cord injuries (SCI) are suffering from impairments of both hands, which results in a tremendous decrease of quality of life (QoL) and represents a major barrier for inclusion in society. Functional restoration is possible with neuroprostheses based on functional electrical stimulation (FES). However, current systems are non-intelligent, non-intuitive open loop systems without sensory feedback.
MoreGrasp aims at developing a multi-adaptive, multimodal user interface including brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) for intuitive control of a semi-autonomous motor and sensory grasp neuroprosthesis to support activities of daily living in individuals with SCI. With such a system a bilateral grasp restoration may become reality.
The multimodal interfaces will be based on non-invasive BCIs for decoding of movements intentions with gel-less electrodes and wireless amplifiers. The neuroprosthesis will include FES electrode arrays and different sensors to allow for implementation of predefined or autonomously learned sequences. MoreGrasp will consequently follow the concept of the user-centered design by providing a scalable, modular, user-specific neuroprosthesis together with personalized EEG recording technology. Novel multimodal software architectures including interoperability standards will be defined to integrate neuroprostheses into the field of assistive technology.
Long-term end user studies will demonstrate the reliability, usefulness and impact on QoL of the MoreGrasp technology. A web-based service infrastructure including a discussion forum will be set up for assessing user priorities and screening of users’ status. The evaluation of the training and patterns of use will allow for user modeling to identify factors for successful use.
The highly interdisciplinary MoreGrasp consortium consists of members from universities, industry and rehabilitation centers, which have a long history of successful cooperation.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 675 120

Participants (5)

UNIVERSITATSKLINIKUM HEIDELBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 682 687,50
Address
Im Neuenheimer Feld 672
69120 Heidelberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 626 010,25
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Medel Medizinische Elektronic Handelsgesellschaft mbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 335 069,25
Address
Poppenbuetteler Bogen 11
22399 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIT & BRAIN TECHNOLOGIES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 593 986,50
Address
Paseo Sagasta 19 Entresuelo Derecha
50008 Zaragoza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KNOW-CENTER GMBH RESEARCH CENTER FOR DATA-DRIVEN BUSINESS & BIG DATA ANALYTICS
Austria
EU contribution
€ 558 579
Address
Inffeldgasse 13/6
8010 Graz
Activity type
Research Organisations