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

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.
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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Address

Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz

Austria

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 675 120

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UNIVERSITATSKLINIKUM HEIDELBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 682 687,50

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 626 010,25

Medel Medizinische Elektronic Handelsgesellschaft mbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 335 069,25

BIT & BRAIN TECHNOLOGIES SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 593 986,50

KNOW-CENTER GMBH RESEARCH CENTER FOR DATA-DRIVEN BUSINESS & BIG DATA ANALYTICS

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 558 579

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 643955

  • Start date

    1 March 2015

  • End date

    31 May 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 471 452,50

  • EU contribution

    € 3 471 452,50

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Austria