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MIND CONTROLLED ORTHOSIS AND VIRTUAL REALITY TRAINING ENVIRONMENT FOR WALK EMPOWERING

MIND CONTROLLED ORTHOSIS AND VIRTUAL REALITY TRAINING ENVIRONMENT FOR WALK EMPOWERING

Objective

A lack of mobility often leads to limited participation in social life. The purpose of this STREP is to conceive a system empowering lower limbs disabled people with walking abilities that let them perform their usual daily activities in the most autonomous and natural manner. New smart dry EEG bio-sensors will be applied to enable lightweight wearable EEG caps for everyday use. Novel approaches to non-invasive BCI will be experimented in order to control a purpose-designed lower limbs orthosis enabling different types of gaits. Complementary research on EMG processing will strengthen the approach. A Virtual Reality (VR) training environment will assist the patients in generating the correct brain control signals and in properly using the orthosis. The main BCI approach relies on Dynamic Recurrent Neural Network (DRNN) technology applied in a two stages process. After learning, the system will be able to match EMG signals to legs movements (Stage 2), and EEG to such EMG signals (Stage 1). The Stage 2 has already been successfully demonstrated by a project partner. The orthosis will be designed to support the weight of an adult, to address the dynamic stability of a body-exoskeleton combined system, and to enable different walking modalities. The VR training environment will comprise both a set of components for the progressive patient training under a safe and controlled medical environment, and a lightweight portable set using immersive VR solutions for self-training at home. The developed technologies will be assessed and validated with the support of a formal clinical validation procedure. This will allow to measure the strengths and weaknesses of the chosen approaches and to identify improvements required to build a future commercial system. In addition the resulting system will be progressively tested in everyday life environments and situations, ranging from simple activities at home to eventually shopping and interacting with people in the street.

Coordinator

SPACE APPLICATIONS SERVICES NV

Address

Leuvensesteenweg 325
1932 Zaventem

Belgium

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 808 373

Administrative Contact

Michel Ilzkovitz (Mr.)

Participants (6)

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UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 488 461

EEMAGINE MEDICAL IMAGING SOLUTIONSGMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 206 734

Össur hf

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 101 520

FONDAZIONE SANTA LUCIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 404 545

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 395 304

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 345 063

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 247959

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    31 May 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 662 278

  • EU contribution

    € 2 750 000

Coordinated by:

SPACE APPLICATIONS SERVICES NV

Belgium