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Partners

Participant  Role

Leader Name

Participant Name

Acronym

Country

CO

Thomas Laurell
Fredrik Sebelius

Göran Lundborg

Christian Balkenius

Department of Electrical Measurements, Lund University, Lund.
Malmö University Hospital, Lund University
LUCS

LU

Sweden

CR

Maria Chiara Carrozza
Christian Cipriani
Marco Controzzi
Fabrizio Vecchi

ARTS Lab and CRIM Lab, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa.

SSSA

Italy

CR

Dejan Popovic

Aalborg University, Aalborg.

AAU

Denmark

CR

Yosi Shacham 

Tel Aviv University

TAU-NST

Israel

CR

John Alderman

Tyndall Institute, Cork

TYN

Ireland

CR

Freygardur Thorsteinsson

ÖSSUR

OSS

Iceland

CR

Elisabeth Csöregi

SciTech Link HB, Lund

STL

Sweden

 

Department of Electrical Measurements, Lund University, Lund
Role in the project:

To manufacture the intelligent bio-interface socket with tactile display, EMG sensors and information processing capability. The socket will contain receiver for possible implanted neural interface/sensor. Special tracking algorithms adjusting to the ever-changing bioelectric signals should be developed suppressing displacement of electrodes and other artefacts. The implementation of the neural recognition algorithms should be done for enhanced grasping together with partner P3. A cognitive on-line learning system, adapted for human amputees, should also be developed for enhancing calibration and precision of the system. And is very much needed for the interpretation of the nerv/muscle signals

Further should investigations on a number of amputees be performed while testing sensory substitutions, motor control etc. by using completed subsystems in the different work packages. Brain plasticity and motor learning and sensation is of some of the issues that will be dealt with.
Thomas Laurell
Thomas Laurell received his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Lund Institute of Technology in 1986, his PhD degree at the Department of Electrical Measurements, Lund Institute of Technology, Lund University in 1995. He obtained a position as an Associate professor in Electrical Measurements in 1998 and was appointed Professor in Medical and Chemical Microsensors at the Department of Electrical Measurements, Lund Institute of Technology in 2000. Laurell currently leads the microstructure technology group at the Department of Electrical Measurements. His research focuses on microbiomedical and Lab-On-A-Chip technologies e.g microstructured components for biomedical monitoring/analysis, implantable neural electrodes and micro components for liquid/cell sample handling in chemical microsystems, i.e. dispensing, injecting, pumping and sampling of picoliter volumes. The group has recently developed a new continuous separation technology based on acoustic separation of particles and biological matter in microfludic systems. In the past years a strong focus has been put on the development of new microsystem technology for nanoproteomics. Prof. Laurell research activities have so far yielded over 110 scientific publications since 1992 in reviewed international scientific journals and about 130 conference papers. He as filed 20 patent applications since 1995 and given invited oral presentations and plenary talks at international scientific conferences at 23 occasions. He ha sobtained several national and international awards for innovation and research the most recent one being in 2005 Best paper award 2004 in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Springer Verlag.
Dr. Fredrik Sebelius  is focusing his research on information processing of nerve, muscle and bio-electric signals. Dr. Sebelius has been responsible for the development of the department’s human recording set-up including tactile displays, bio-electric acquiring system and the recording equipment for movements. He is experienced in design and programming of embedded systems and has written several patents in the field of processing bio-electric signals.

 

Department of Hand Surgery, Malmö University Hospital
Göran Lundborg Göran Lundborg, professor of Hand Surgery at Dept of Hand
Surgery, Malmö University Hospital since 1987. He is an experienced
clinician dealing with all kinds of hand surgical problems including
amputations and replantations. He is also a neuroscientist with special
interest in nerve regeneration and reconstruction as well as brain
plasticity with focus on the interaction between hand and brain. He is a
well recognised international lecturer and has published about 350 original
scientific articles.

 

Cognitive Processing Lab at Lund University Cognitive Science
  Christian Balkenius leads the Cognitive Processing Lab at Lund University Cognitive Science (LUCS). His main research goal is to construct systems level computational models of functional subsystems in the mammalian brain and their interaction using artificial neural networks. His work focuses on various forms of cognitive processes, including visual and haptic categorization and action selection as well as spatial learning, conditioning and habituation. He has published some 80 research papers and articles on neural network based modelling of cognitive processes, robotics, vision an learning theory and he was one of the main initiator of the Epigenetic Robotics workshops. He is associate editor of the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, member of the advisory boards of Cognitive Science Quarterly and Cognitive Processes. Balkenius has previously been involved in three EU funded research projects.

 

ARTS Lab and CRIM Lab, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa
 

The ARTS Lab is the advanced robotics technology and system of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. It was founded by prof. Paolo Dario in 1989 and its mission is to carry on theoretical and experimental research on robotics and biomechanical engineering. The evolution of the paradigm of modern Biomechatronics and Robotics can be seen in different directions addressed and investigated at ARTS Lab:

  • increasing the performance of the hardware platform taking inspiration from biomechanical and control solution of living systems (biomechatronic design),
  • studying human-robot interaction and developing interfacing systems and control algorithms, for obtaining intelligent instruments for medical and clinical applications (neurorehabilitation, neural interfaces, and wearable robotic systems),
  • developing humanoid robots with physical bodies, sensory-motor coordination, perception-action control schemes and some cognitive abilities (neuroscience, humanoid robotics),
  • investigating hybrid bionic systems for functional augmentation and replacement of disable and elderly people (gerontechnology, and rehabilitation robotics).

ARTS Lab has a strong experimental focus, with particular emphasis on design, fabrication and experimental assessment of robot prototypes, and several robotic platforms have been developed in the framework of national and international projects in collaboration with private and public entities, as for example a humanoid robot with arm-hand and head systems for experiments on learning and sensory-motor coordination, a cybernetic prosthetic hand, some wearable devices for biomechanical motion analysis, a robotic system for upper limb rehabilitation, some humanoid robotic hands (that are currently integrated on humanoid platforms in Italy and Japan) and innovative systems for personal assistance of disable and elderly people.  The ARTS Lab is part of a network of partnerships with national and international research centres involved in robotics and bioengineering, as well as in medical and clinical fields, such as rehabilitation and neurophysiology, and has strong partnership with some companies interested in joint research and development and in assessing innovative products for biomedical applications in the Laboratory facilities.
In addition to the robot prototypes developed inside, Laboratory facilities include hardware platforms for sensors and actuators development and characterisation, the MIT-MANUS robotic system for neurorehabilitation, a Electronic Laboratory, a DOMOTIC house environment for testing integrated solutions for ambient intelligence, advanced systems for motion analysis and platforms for biomechanical simulation and modelling of human movements.
The ARTS Lab is involved in research projects and exploitation of research activities in collaboration with public and private national and international institutions in order to promote innovation, to attract venture capitalists and to stimulate the creation of spin-off companies. Up to now, nine independent spin-off SMEs are active in different sectors, ranging from mechatronics to virtual reality, bioengineering, rehabilitation technologies, telematics and computer science.

The ARTS Lab is coordinated by prof. Maria Chiara Carrozza and involves about 50-55 people: 2 associate professors, 2 research assistants, 25 PhD students, 6 Post-Doc senior research assistants, 9 research assistants, 2 technical assistants, and a variable number of master students.
Role in the project

Fabrication of multi functioning robotic hand and fabrication and integration of artificial sensory matrix. The design of mechatronics will be addressed to give the robotic hand the right anatomic to be perceived as real hand while perfoming several movement such as the key grip, grasping of different formed objects and movement of the wrist. The sensibility on the hand and fingers will be achieved by means of sensors in order to feel vibrations and pressure. New semi-electric, soft and bendable leading material could be used as suitable matrix formation. The matrix material could then cover the whole robotic hand or selected areas.

Maria Chiara Carrozza is the coordinator of the Advanced Robotic Technology and System (ARTS) Laboratory. She is author of several papers published in scientific international journals on different issues related to the design, fabrication and assessment of micromechatronic and biomechatronic systems, with specific focus on biomedical microengineering, micro manipulation, artificial hands, and systems for functional augmentation and substitution. She is co-author of international patents, and she is co-founder of two spin-off companies of Scuola Sant'Anna in the areas of microengineering and technology assessment. She serves as Reviewer of  the IEEE Transaction of Robotics and Automation and she has been Guest Co-Editor of the Special Issue on Rehabilitation Robotics of the international journal Autonomous Robots. She has been appointed as Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Vienna for a course entitled "Biomechatronics". She serves as Director of the Research Division of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and she is elected member of the Executive Board of the Italian National Group of Bioengineering. Maria Chiara Carrozza is Member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology and IEEE Robotics and Automation Societies.

Christian Cipriani Christian Cipriani received the Laurea degree in electronic engineer from the University of Pisa. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Biorobotics at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, and he is working at ARTS Lab of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa since 2005. He collaborated in the Cyberhand Project (IST-2001-35094) and he is currently involved in the RobotCub Project and the Revolutionizing Prosthetic Program. His research interests are the design of proprioceptive and exteroceptive sensor-based artificial hand controllers, and the development of shared-control strategies in prosthetic applications.
Marco Controzzi Marco Controzzi received the B.Sc Degree in Mechanical Engineer at University of Pisa. He is currently a M.Sc. Student in Mechanical Engineer at University of Pisa and a research assistant at ARTS-Lab of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa. He works on the Revolutionizing Prosthetic Program Extrinsic Hand project. He is mainly interested in the application of Microtechnology to Humanoid Robotics and in the design of anthropomorphic hand.
Fabrizio Vecchi

Fabrizio Vecchi received the University Degree (Laurea) in electrical engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1999 and the Ph.D. in Robotics from the University of Genova in 2003. He is Post-Doc research scientist at the Advanced Robotic Technology and System (ARTS) Laboratory of Scuola Superiore SantAnna where he is involved in research and management activities of EU, ESA, National funded research projects. His research interests are in the fields of biomechatronics, rehabilitation engineering and neuro-robotics, and in particular in the design and development of human-machine interfaces, of biomechatronic prosthetic and robotic hands, and of passive and active orthoses. Since 2004 he is the Project Manager of the NEUROBOTICS Integrated Project (Fusion of Neuroscience and Robotics, IST-FET-2003-001917) and, in addition, he is involved in the design and integration of the NEUROExos system, that is a mechatronic exoskeleton for the upper limb. Within the CYBERHAND Project (Development of cybernetic hand prosthesis, IST-FET-2001-35094), he participated in the design of the biomechatronic prosthetic hand and in the study and experimental validation of the hand and of its sensory system. Vecchi is Member of IEEE RAS and EMBS societies.

Within the SMARTHAND project, he contributes to the design of the biomechatronic hand system and to the management of the WP5.

 

Aalborg University, Aalborg
Role in the project:

To design and improve the sensory-motor interfaces in a manner that allows hierarchical hybrid control with a multifunctional grasping device. This will be done in close collaboration with partners designing the actual artificial hand, and group working on MEMS to be implemented. The parallel task will be to design new and improve existing techniques of processing of neural information and design new coding techniques for bio feedback. http://www.smi.auc.dk

Dejan B. Popović Prof. Dejan B. Popović, Ph.D., Dr. Techn. is responsible for rehabilitation engineering and development at the SMI. He is leading a research group formed by several international students and researchers. He is also Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Belgrade. He is one of the leading scientists in the world in the field of control for restoring movements in individuals with disability. He contributed extensively to the design of several devices and methods for rehabilitation of humans with impact on upper and lower extremities. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 publications, out of that more than 50 in high-impact refereed journals. He is the author of 3 reference books related to neural prosthesis. Prof. Popović has also participated as a partner in several European projects. www.smi.auc.dk/members/dbp

 

Tel Aviv University
Role in the project
TAU-NST, the group of Prof. Shacham-Diamand, will be responsible for the design and testing of the interfacing MEMS devices and will share responsibility in the integration the packaged devices with the SmarHand system. TAU will participate in leading work packages 1 (Fabrication of MEMS for recording and stimulation of living nerve fibres) TAU will collaborate primarily with partners P1 , P5 and P6. His main contribution is in the development of novel integrated passive and active sensors for miniaturized chemical (e.g. ions and molecules)  sensing and actuation.
  Prof. Yosi Shacham-Diamand, the Faculty of Engineering and the Tel-Aviv University.

 

Tyndall Institute, Cork
Role in the project
Tyndall will be active in two areas – aid with the fabrication of the recording / stimulation arrays (WP1) lead by Tel Aviv University and lead in the study of methods to enhance the neural interface and bio-compatibility (WP2). Tyndall’s contribution to the proposed project will be the development of the pick up / stimulation elements and their bio-compatible integration.
John Alderman will be the Principal investigator on this project. Mr Alderman holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Bristol University (1978), and M.Sc. in Microelectronics from Bangor College, University of Wales (1982). After 12 years with Plessey Research developing processes for integrated circuit fabrication he joined the NMRC (later Tyndall National Institute) (1990) where he continued to perform Silicon-On-Insulator research. He has also collaborated on the development of micro-systems based "smart sensors" for chemical and biological sensing applications. His work on the ESPRIT funded B-ASICs project exposed him to techniques for environmental monitoring of heavy metals using electrochemical methods and the fabrication of various components including ISFETS (ion sensitive field effect transistors). He also lead the NMRC team in BARMINT (a Basic and Long Term project) where the focus was primarily on Micro System Technology (MST) packaging. For two years he acted as the local MST contact for the EU Europractice initiative to aid in the promotion of awareness and aid in the source of supply of these new developments to industry. Since 2001, he has established a 'Bionics' activity at Tyndall, specifically looking at the possibilities to be derived from direct interaction between the cellular and microelectronic worlds. He has published over 100 research papers as sole or joint author in the various fields of work and has several patents filed.

 

ÖSSUR
Role in the project

Main role in the project is in the exploitation of the SmartHand prosthesis and concepts as we have good information about the prosthetic market. Ossur will make market related analyses and will be the initial partner for a market introduction of an eventual product. We are also well informed about regulatory issues for medical devices, which need to be considered. Our prosthetic experiences also make us suitable for defining functions and determining priorities in some of the tasks. An finally, we will assist in some of the developments of prototypes as we have a large mechanical workshop

 

Mr. Freygardur Thorsteinsson  is a project manager in the R&D department. He got his B.Sc. and B.Sc.Hons. degree in chemistry from the University of Iceland and earned his M.Sc. degree in chemical engineering at the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen.  He worked as a material scientist at the Technological Institute of Iceland for 10 years before joining Ossur in summer 1999 as material expert.  He has been leading Ossur’s part in several international research projects, including three 5FP projects, GAIT, REAL-PROF and MAPS. Mr. Thorsteinsson was the project coordinator for MAPS.

Mr. Thorsteinsson has also been active in work on testing and standards and he served 8 years on the board of Eurolab Iceland, thereof 2 years as chairman.

 

SciTech Link HB, Lund
  SciTech Link HB is a Swedish SME, member of EARMA (European Association of research Managers and Administrators), specialised in research management, project definition, fundraising, development of customer-tailored awareness and training courses, and science and technology transfer. Other significant activities of the company include organisation of scientific events, such as conferences, workshops, seminars and brokerage events. The company is partner in several international projects, consults various institutions/universities in several European countries and it is regularly organising interactive training sessions on FP7 proposals “From idea to a project”. Ongoing large international projects are: two FP6 specific supporting actions aiming at developing  networks of excellent centres in nanosciences in Hungary, and in Food Quality and Safety, in Lithuania and two FP6 research projects focusing on the development of an intelligent artificial hand (SmartHand) and the design and application of nature-inspired nanofibres (BeNatural). The company addresses also areas of modern research communication (flyers, newsletters , interactive web-site, design and edition) via associated partners.
Role in the project Project management, biosensor development, web-site design, technology transfer and exploitation strategy.
Elisabeth Csöregi Assoc. Prof. Elisabeth Csöregi graduated from Lund University and further specialised at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. Since 1995 she worked as a senior scientist at Lund University (Departments of Biotechnology and Analytical Chemistry) where she is now a part-time associated professor. She has been seconded by the Swedish Ministry of Education to the INTAS research Program of the European Union for 2.5 years where she was the research manager of about 175 research projects. Her research interest is within bioanalysis, development, integration, and miniaturisation of enzyme-, protein, and bacteria-based biosensors for application in the medical fields, food sector and environmental protection. She was/is involved in several international and national projects supported by approximately € 5 M during the past 6 years. She is author of about 150 articles published in journals, books and conference proceedings, was the funding editor of Applied Nanoscience and is the European Editor of Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology.
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