Biomedical Robotics and Biomicrosystems Lab

Summary and collaborations

The Final Demonstrator of the NEMESIS project will be an artificial limb expected to appear and work as the natural one: it will have intrinsic actuation allowing reaching, grasping, and manipulation capabilities, and an embedded sensory system able to provide perception of the prosthesis itself. The neural interface will allow the exchanging of information between the biological and the engineering parts acting as bidirectional link; this will be implanted in humans for control and perception pilot studies (including position sense, pressure/strength perception, tactile perception, speed evaluation). Extensive clinical

trials will provide robust results both for the scientific and clinical communities and for a possible future industrial exploitation.

Detailed design of the whole system and the experiments will be published for further developments in the rehabilitation field. The lead users of the whole system will be amputees, but its subsystems will find place in several industrial applications: humanoid, professional or assistive robotics, industrial manipulators, medical and assistive technologies, personal health care, ergonomics, automotive and gaming interfaces. Clinical experimentation with the interface will lead to a better knowledge in cognitive neuroscience, and thus also contribute to the field of nerve injuries and rehabilitation technology in general.

To achieve these goals, the project will exploit the collaborations between four groups with different expertises and operating in an integrated frame. In particular, the following partners will be involved in the NEMESIS

Consortium

(1) IRCCS S. Raffaele Pisana which will be responsible for all the clinical trials and the performance assessment experiments;

(2) Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna which will be responsible for the decoding/encoding algorithms and for the development of the artificial limbs;

 (3) Università Campus Biomedico which will be responsible for the implantation procedure and for all the neuroimaging and neurophysiological investigations;

4) Università di Cagliari which will be responsible for the electronic circuitries for recording, stimulation, and processing.

 

It is important to point out that all these partners have been already involved in joint project in this specific field reaching leading international positions.

Finally, a collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering (St. Ingbert, Germany) will be established to have access to the most recent generation of LIFEs. This will be done in the framework of the CLONS European Project (coordinated by the PI of the proposal) which will represent a specific co-funding for the NEMESIS activities.

 


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