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Synergy-based Open-source Foundations and Technologies for Prosthetics and RehabilitatiOn

Objective

Although much has been done for developing technologies to bear upon problems of individuals with sensorimotor impairments, the impact of robotic aids on people with real needs in the real world is still very limited. Our main goal is to increase the cumulative benefits of assistive robotic technologies to society by enhancing their effectiveness AND the number of beneficiaries. The challenge is to increase both multipliers in the “performance times accessibility” product, subverting the traditional situation where one factor can only be increased at the expense of the other. We believe this is possible by investigating how the artificial can physically interact and effectively “talk to” the natural. Understanding such a “language” is crucial not only to improve performance of rehab technology, but also to tackle the most difficult problem of making it “simple enough” to be effective and accessible. We possess good clues about such a language, whose words we believe are sensorimotor synergies, and have the scientific competence to further its understanding and the technological prowess to translate it into a new generation of robotic assistive devices.
We know that a central ingredient for the applicability of synergy-based models to physical human-machine interaction is impedance adaptability, i.e. soft robotics technologies. We will develop soft synergy-based robotics technologies to produce new prostheses, exoskeletons, and assistive devices for upper limb rehabilitation.
Building on solid methodological bases, this project will have a significant social impact in promoting advanced robot prosthetic and assistive technology, while introducing disruptively new, admittedly risky, but potentially high-impact ideas and paradigms, such as the proposed pioneering work on supernumerary limbs for assistance and rehabilitation to motor impairments of the upper limb.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Coordinator

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 772 207,50

Participants (13)

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 092 923,75
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 026 565
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 385 885,22
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 739 656
Address
Via Banchi Di Sotto 55
53100 Siena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MEDIZINISCHE HOCHSCHULE HANNOVER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 453 852,50
Address
Carl-neuberg-strasse 1
30625 Hannover
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TWENTE MEDICAL SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 347 156,25
Address
Zutphenstraat 57
7575 EJ Oldenzaal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HANKAMP REHAB BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 288 125
Address
Buurserstraat 198
7544 RG Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIOSERVO TECHNOLOGIES AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 313 423,75
Address
Torshamnsgatan 35
164 40 Kista
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
QBROBOTICS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 342 291,50
Address
Via Giuntini 13, Lotto I,2 Piano Int M
56023 Navacchio Cascina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAT ZURICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zurich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SCUOLA IMT (ISTITUZIONI, MERCATI, TECNOLOGIE) ALTI STUDI DI LUCCA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 75 000
Address
Piazza San Ponziano 6
55100 Lucca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 602 939,78
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments