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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.

Coordinator

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
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€ 1 045 998,72
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Italy

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Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (8)

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
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€ 562 553,28
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Vaud
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Germany
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€ 315 985,50
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 25
33615 Bielefeld

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Detmold Bielefeld, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
SCUOLA INTERNAZIONALE SUPERIORE DI STUDI AVANZATI DI TRIESTE
Italy
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€ 261 499,68
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Via Bonomea 265
34136 Trieste

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Nord-Est Friuli-Venezia Giulia Trieste
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
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€ 606 345,12
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield

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Yorkshire and the Humber South Yorkshire Sheffield
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
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€ 606 345,12
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University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow

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West Central Scotland Glasgow City
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
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€ 281 982,96
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg

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Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
PAL ROBOTICS SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 250 904,88
Address
Calle Pujades 77 79 4o 4a
08005 Barcelona

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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
Este Cataluña Barcelona
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
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€ 177 079,92
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen

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Noord-Nederland Groningen Overig Groningen
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€ 0,00

Partners (5)

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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
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€ 0,00
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Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova

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Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
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€ 0,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

ULTRALEAP LIMITED
United Kingdom
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€ 0,00
Address
West Wing 1 Glass Wharf
BS2 0EL Bristol

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

Yes
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South West (England) Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area Bristol, City of
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

NEURODIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
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€ 0,00
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Prol Camino De La Goleta 2, Planta 1, Puerta 7c, Edificio Celulosa I Oficinas
04007 Almeria

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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
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Andalucía Almería
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

Össur hf
Iceland
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€ 0,00
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Grjothals 5
IS-110 Reykjavik

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Ísland Ísland Höfuðborgarsvæði
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

SENSARS NEUROPROSTHETICS SARL
Switzerland
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€ 0,00
Address
Rue Du Maupas 38
1004 Lausanne

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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
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Vaud
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00