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Understanding neural coding of touch as enabling technology for prosthetics and robotics

Objective

Dexterous manipulation is a fundamental skill to improve interaction capabilities of service and industrial robots, and develop prosthetic devices that enable amputees to regain hand functionality, for improving their independence and quality of life and for reintegration in working environments.
The sense of touch is crucial for any skilled manipulation; it is fundamental to establish contact and acquire the information needed for hand/object interactions, and for perceiving variations in the contact itself (slip, vibrations, duration, pressure). Touch is crucial for robots that physically interact with objects and humans, to sense the properties of objects, learn how to use them, and enable cooperation. Touch is crucial for the successful deployment of prosthetic devices, to evoke a natural sensation of contact that conveys information about the stimulus, making prostheses easier to use and accept.
NeuTouch aims at improving artificial tactile perception in robots and prostheses, by understanding how to best extract, integrate and exploit tactile information at system level.
To this aim, NeuTouch will train young researchers that will build up a novel multidisciplinary community, that will tackle fundamental questions about neural encoding of tactile information, by developing computational tools and models capable of explaining the activity in the biological neural pathway and link it to behavioral decisions. The identified underlying neuronal processing principles will guide the design of novel sensing devices and algorithms to improve tactile exploration and manipulation skills in robots and tactile feedback in prosthetic devices.
A scientifically strong international consortium is complemented by non-academic participants that recognize the impact of the proposed approach and resulting technology. All will support the professional growth of individuals, addressing entrepreneurship, communication, best practice, open science and gender equality.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/gender studies/gender equality

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 045 998,72

Participants (8)

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 562 553,28
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Germany
EU contribution
€ 315 985,50
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 25
33615 Bielefeld
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SCUOLA INTERNAZIONALE SUPERIORE DI STUDI AVANZATI DI TRIESTE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 261 499,68
Address
Via Bonomea 265
34136 Trieste
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 606 345,12
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 606 345,12
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 281 982,96
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PAL ROBOTICS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 250 904,88
Address
Calle Pujades 77 79 4O 4A
08005 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 177 079,92
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (5)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ULTRALEAP LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
West Wing Glass Wharf
BS2 0EL Bristol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NEURODIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
Address
Prol Camino De La Goleta 2, Planta 1, Puerta 7C, Edificio Celulosa I Oficinas
04007 Almeria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Össur hf
Iceland
Address
Grjothals 5
IS-110 Reykjavik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SENSARS NEUROPROSTHETICS SARL
Switzerland
Address
Rue Du Maupas 38
1004 Lausanne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)