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Nano-resolved multi-scale investigations of human tactile sensations and tissue engineered nanobiosensors

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 228844

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    31 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 933 083

  • EU contribution

    € 3 744 590

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

Objective

The main scientific aims are to radically improve understanding of the human mechanotransduction system and tissue engineered nanobiosensors. This will be achieved through systematic integration of new developments from converging scientific areas by involving academic and industrial participants who are experts in cognitive sciences, microneurography, brain imaging, cell biology and mechanics, tissue engineering, skin physics (tribology and mechanics), microengineering, multi-scale multi-physics modelling, information processing, robotics, prosthetics and medical rehabilitation. The project will build on existing discriminative touch research in order to understand affective touch mediated by the human fingerpad. Sensors capable of detecting directional force and temperature will be developed since a combination of these modalities is critical to the affective component of the neurophysiological response evoked in taction. This next generation of sensors will include NEMS arrays and hybrid bio-NEMS systems. They will be integrated into a robotic finger with articulation controlled by neural network information processing that will allow artificial exploration of a surface to be achieved in ways that mimic human haptic behaviour and affective response. The impact of the project will include alleviating the effects of human touch and vision disabilities, improving the quality of life, security printing, brand protection, smart packaging, space exploration and also the evaluation of products such as textiles and skin creams using the instrumented robotic finger. The consortium includes industrial participants who will undertake specific technical exploitation activities in order to maximise the commercial impact of the research.

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Address

Edgbaston
B15 2tt Birmingham

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 167 258

Administrative Contact

Robert Fekete (Mr.)

Participants (11)

C3M DOO, CENTER ZA RACUNALNISTVO VMEHANIKI KONTINUUMA - MODELIRANJE IN TRZENJE

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 299 600

ROCKFIELD SOFTWARE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 127 996

COURAGE + KHAZAKA ELECTRONIC GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 87 400

Optaglio s.r.o.

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 80 656

UNILEVER U.K. CENTRAL RESOURCES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 77 853

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 395 576

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 190 000

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 238 080

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 237 774

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 496 033

SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 346 364

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 228844

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    31 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 933 083

  • EU contribution

    € 3 744 590

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom