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SimBionics

Neuromechanical Simulation and Sensory Feedback for the Control of Bionic Legs

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The SimBionics project goals are:

  • Developing a new control interface that integrates neuromechanical modeling and artificial sensory feedback in a lower-limb prosthesis, but also developing qualitative and quantitative tools to assess and compare different systems
  • Providing a doctoral training that equips Early Stage Researchers candidates with an engineering, clinical and entrepreneurial skillset required to develop prosthetic limbs and bring this idea into the market.

The SimBionics project goals in detail:

Robotic lower limb prostheses, or bionic legs, have underwent tremendous mechatronic advances in the past decade. However, current prosthesis control interfaces are still sub-optimal leading to inefficient walking. To address this limit, there is need for highly trained professionals that work at the intersection of academic research, clinical assessment and market translation. However, current doctoral training programs do not equip candidates with the complex skillset required to develop prosthetic limbs.

SimBionics will establish a comprehensive training program that will equip Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) with the engineering, clinical and entrepreneurial skills required to bring an idea into the market. SimBionics brings together two internationally recognized academic centers, one clinical center and one of the world leading companies in prosthetics. Four ESRs will be trained to develop a radically new control interface that integrates, for the first time, neuromechanical modeling and artificial sensory feedback. This will enable bionic legs to mimic the mechanics of their biological counterparts, so that amputees perceive the prosthesis as an extension of their own body.

ESR training will cover all phases of development; from technology conceptualization to translation into a successful product. ESRs will learn to investigate user and stakeholder requirements. They will learn regulatory aspects for medical products, reimbursement mechanisms, intellectual property, and elements that can block successful development. ESRs will thus receive a tailored career development plan including skills acquisition, project/teamwork management, and open science/gender aspects. Outreach activities will be realized to improve public understanding of SimBionics’ socio-economical potentials and clinical benefits. SimBionics will enhance ESRs’ career perspectives and establish a reference for technology development training program.

Providing a doctoral training that equips Early Stage Researchers candidates with an engineering, clinical and entrepreneurial skillset required to develop prosthetic limbs and bring this idea into the market.

The SimBionics project is a H2020-MSCA-ITN-EID program:

  • Horizon 2020 (H2020 – EU 1.3.1): The goal is to train a new generation of creative and innovative researchers, able to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit in the Union.
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) : MSC Actions encourage collaboration and sharing of ideas between different industrial sectors and research disciplines – all to the benefit of the wider European economy. MSCA also back initiatives that break down barriers between academia, industry and business. In addition, they reach out to the public with events that promote the value – and fun side – of science.
  • Innovative Training Networks (ITN): The ITN allows researchers to develop an increased set of skills, both research-related and transferable ones, leading to improved employability and career prospects both in and outside academia (leading in the longer-term to more successful careers). It it also made to increase the R&I impact in order to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services. Finally it is made to increase the contribution to the knowledge-based economy and society. 
  • European Industrial Doctorates (EID): The objective of European Industrial Doctorates is to involve the non-academic sector in doctoral training, especially enterprises

General information:

SimBionics – Neuromechanical Simulation and Sensory Feedback for the Control of Bionic Legs (CORDIS link)

Project Coordination: Ottobock, Duderstadt, Germany

Project Partners, Supervisors, ESRs: see Consortium

E-mail: simbionics@gmail.com

Funding: European Union, Horizon 2020 program. H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019, ID 860850

Start date: September 1st, 2019

Duration: 48 months

EU funding: 1 072 995,84€

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019 – SimBionics

simbionics@gmail.com