INTUITIVE brings together a multidisciplinary consortium with world-leading experts having key complementary skills and merges expertise from academy and industry with solid background in soft materials, flexible electronics, mechanics, neuroscience, micro/nanofabrication signal processing, bioinspired algorithms, and applications such as robotics and assistive/rehabilitation technologies. The competences of the partners are both necessary and sufficient for addressing the ambitious targets of the project. There is knowledge of skin biomechanics, neuronal physiology, systems level neurophysiology, models of integrated neural circuitry functionality, brain-inspired sensorimotor control theory, robotic systems, bendable electronics engineering and materials science.

Beneficiaries

Lund University

The Neural Basis of Sensorimotor Control lab has leading competence in Systems Neurophysiology, and has specialized in brain systems for sensorimotor control, in particular in the structure and function of neural micro circuitry in vivo. The lab is well-known for its world-leading expertise for in vivo whole cell patch clamp recordings from all structures of the central nervous system and has the equipment and competence for the modelling of neuronal circuitry in sensorimotor control.

University of Glasgow

The research will be conducted by the Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) group, led by prof. Ravinder Dahiya, which is known worldwide for its excellent research on flexible electronics, electronic skin, robotic skin, ultra-thin chips and integration of electronic systems on soft substrates. The BEST group has developed novel method for integration of ultra-thin chips, printed nanowires-based devices and graphene-based devices on large area flexible substrates.

University of Glasgow

Actronica

Actronika is world leading in the novel haptic technologies for tactile and haptic devices, which have led to applications ranging from industrial products to dedicated devices for neuroscience.

Imperial Collage of Science, Technology & Medicine

The Human Robotics Group at the Department of Bioengineering Department is affiliated with the Centre of Neurotechnology and Imperial’s Robotic Forum. It uses an integrative approach of neuroscience and robotics to investigate human sensorimotor control, and to design efficient assistive devices and training systems for neurorehabilitation, which are tested in clinical trials.

Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Fondazione Bruno Kessler is a top Research Institute in Italy and a research non-profit public interest entity. The Centre for Materials and Microsystems (CMM) is a research center of reference, in Italy and internationally, for the development of novel concepts in sensors and devices for Big Science and for industrial and technical applications. The unique system made of their various competences, excellent skills and advanced infrastructure to cover activities from silicon technologies to photonics, materials and biophysics gives us the ability to achieve scientific developments of absolute international value.

University Osnabrück

The AI Campus is the result of many years of specialization in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The campus brings together the research intensive, yet application-related departments of Computer Science, Cognitive Science and Information Systems, as well as Mathematics research units. The outstanding research undertaken at the University Osnabrück is possible due to close interdisciplinary cooperation such as the Institute of Cognitive Science (IKW), which addresses issues of higher cognitive functions.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology create and impart knowledge for the society and the environment and the Study Center for the Visually Impaired (Studienzentrum für Sehgeschädigte – SZS) has been supporting and advising students and prospective students with visual impairments in all subjects of study offered at the KIT for many years. Their cross-disciplinary team continuously develops innovative and individual solutions for accessible studies, especially in STEM (science, technologies, engineering and informatics) fields. Together with the Chair of Computer Systems for Visually Impaired Students they do research on Assistive Technologies and on new ways of getting access to STEM fields.

Inventivio GmbH

Inventivio is a privately held company located in Nürnberg, Germany. Inventivio specializes in software innovations. Its mission is to refine innovative ideas into successful software products that touch the lives of many.

The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

KU Leuven is an institution for research and education with international appeal. The department of Electrical Engineering (also known as ESAT) of the KU Leuven conducts research at a high international level. ESAT works on several technological innovations in the fields of energy, integrated circuits, information processing, image & speech processing, and telecommunication systems. The department is also co-founder of many spin-off companies.

Partner Organizations

Tata Consultancy Service

Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) ensure the highest levels of certainty and satisfaction through a deep-set commitment to their clients, comprehensive industry expertise and a global network of innovation and delivery centers. Tata Research Development and Design Centre (TRDDC) undertakes research in Machine Learning, Software Engineering, Process Engineering and Systems Research. It is also the largest R&D facility among the network of Innovation Labs at TCS.

Össur hf

Össur focus on improving people’s mobility by successfully commercializing innovative technologies within the fields of Prosthetics and Bracing & Supports. They also have extensive expertise in compression therapy. They focus their efforts and expertise on helping people to be confident, safe and mobile, regardless of injuries or conditions that could compromise their quality of life. At Össur, a passionate commitment to innovation and quality has been driving successful patient and business outcomes for decades and the mission is to improve people’s mobility.

Interuniversitair Micro Electronica Centrum

Interuniversitair Micro Electronica Centrum (Imec) performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society. 

Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft

The special fascination of the BMW Group not only lies in its products and technology, but also in the company’s history, written by inventors, pioneers and brilliant designers. The BMW Group sets trends in production technology and sustainability as an innovation leader with an intelligent material mix, a technological shift towards digitalization and resource-efficient production. The BMW R&D specialists work at the cutting edge of automotive technology, using their collective expertise in classical engineering and IT to develop the innovative technologies that will have a lasting impact on the future of mobility.

Shadow Robot Company

Shadow designs and manufactures state-of-the-art anthropomorphic robot hands & related systems. They are one of Britain’s longest-running robotics firms and the leading experts for technology around grasping and manipulation for robotics. Shadow’s broad expertise in robotics allows their engineers to engage in unique projects, helping the clients solve difficult problems through bespoke systems.