Future prostheses and rehabilitation robots for disabled people with quadriplegia, ALS or similar handicaps will be controlled by signals derived from the brain or intact muscle nerves. Problems are the low bandwidth of the signal coupling and the high level of disturbances. Non-invasive multimodal derivation of brain as an input for an intelligent user interface will be used. The Brain Robot Interface must also include tactile and audiovisual feedback from the robot system to the user. The Institute of Automation (IAT) which is specialized so far in robot control and computational intelligence intends to build up strong experience in derivation and interpretation of brain signals for the future control of rehabilitation robots and artificial limbs. It is intended to employ three experienced biomedical engineers for 2 years each and to send four staff members with electrical engineering/computational intelligence background to leading biomedical institutes in Great Britain, Italy, Swiss, Austria and France. With this TOK it will be possible to acquire and integrate the necessary knowledge in biomedical engineering at the IAT and to do research in the area of biomedical signal processing and brain computer interfaces. The state and city of Bremen are within a dramatic change of industrial structure from shipbuilding to more high technical activities. Shipbuilding industry is since several years in a sharp decline and also international trade with trading vessels is under high pressure for a structural change. The state of Bremen founded a RTD project to improve its position within the German and European high tech regions and to overcome the decline of traditional industries. Bioengineering and Biotechnology have been identified as an important part for future development. To be able to attend at future research projects to be funded in this scientific area the IAT would like to build up necessary knowledge with this TOK. MOBILITY-1.3.1 Marie Curie Host Fellowships - Transfer of knowledge (TOK) - Development Scheme
|Effective start/end date||1/05/05 → 30/04/09|
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