Current Projects

Advancing Anticipatory Behaviors in Dynamic Human-Robot Collaboration

Recent technological progress permits robots to actively and safely share a common workspace with humans. Europe currently leads the robotic market for safety-certified robots, by enabling robots to react to unintentional contacts. AnDy leverages these technologies and strengthens European leadership by endowing robots with the ability to control physical collaboration through intentional interaction.

An.Dy has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 731540

Body (a) symmetries in sport

The project deals with physical body (a) symmetries in various sports, which, despite the growing knowledge in the field of prevention and treatment, are still among the common causes of injuries. Among the most common injuries of athletes as well as the general population are lower back pain, anterior cruciate ligament injury, and anterior knee pain. Injuries in sports characterize both the individual whose activity in sport can be interrupted for a significant long period of time, as well as clubs, associations and the wider society, as the treatment of injuries requires high costs. Project applicants want to contribute much-needed knowledge about the link (s) between symmetries and sports injuries, and further explore various options for correcting asymmetries and treating common injuries.

Past Projects

Spinal exoskeletal robot for low back pain prevention and vocational reintegration

Objective of the project is to deliver a novel and effective spinal exoskeleton that will prevent low-back pain in able bodied workers and support workers with low-back pain who are reintegrating in the vocational setting. Most of today’s robotic assistive devices are in forms of exoskeletons that augment the motion of legs and arms and neglect the role of spinal column in transferring load from the upper body and arms to the legs. In SPEXOR we will fill this gap and design a novel and revolutionary spinal exoskeleton to prevent low-back pain in able bodied workers and to support workers with low-back pain in vocational rehabilitation.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 687662.

Proteus Project

Collaboration with Sorbonne University in Paris

In scope of the Proteus project, we strengthen the connections between our group and the group at Sorbonne University in Pariz. Within the visits we got to know each other’s work and interests well and shared our knowledge. Our interests overlapped the most in the field of postural control so the main focus of the project was to understand the mechanisms underlying postural control and to investigate the interplay of COP oscillations and sensory information flow on keeping the COM stable. We presented our findings on the ISPGR World Congress in July 2019 (Edinburgh) and we wrote an article that is currently in submission process.