Development of a cybernetic hand prosthesis
Participant name Acronym Town Country
Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant Anna SSSA Pisa Italy web site
INAIL Prosthetic Centre CP-INAIL Pontedera Italy web site
Centro Nacional de Microelectronica CSIC-CNM Barcelona Spain web site
Fraunhofer-Institut fur Biomedizinische Technik FhG-IBMT St. Ingbert Germany web site
Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona UAB Barcelona Spain web site
Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction, Aalborg University AAU-SMI Aalborg Denmark web site

6 Partners, 4 Countries

 
Project Coordinator
Prof. Paolo Dario received the Dr. Eng. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1977. Currently, he is Full Professor of Biomedical Robotics at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy. He teaches the course on mechatronics and biomedical robotics at the School of Engineering, University of Pisa. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, and at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. He is the founder of the ARTS (Advanced Robotics Technologies and Systems) Laboratory and Director of the CRIM (Center for Research in Microengineering) Laboratory of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, where he supervises a team of about 95 researchers and Ph.D. students. His main research interests are in the fields of biomedical robotics, mechatronics and microengineering, and specifically in sensors and actuators for biomedical applications. He is the coordinator of many national and European projects, the editor of two books on the subject of robotics, and the author of more than 200 scientific papers. Paolo Dario is a member of the Board of the International Foundation of Robotics Research. He is Co-Editor of the Journal of MicroMechatronics, member of the Steering Committee of the Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Medical Robotics of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation and member of the Editorial Committee of the following journals: Journal of Robotic Systems, Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, Advanced Robotics, Autonomous Robots, Biomedical Microdevices. He serves as President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and as Co-chairman of the Technical Committee on Medical Robotics of the same Society
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
  Lucia Beccai. Electronic Engineer, Ph.D. in Microsystem Engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. She has joined the CRIM (formerly MiTech) laboratory in June 1999. She has collaborated at EU MICROCARD and MICROTRANS projects, and works at the development of silicon force microsensors in collaboration with IMM in Mainz, Germany. Since June 2003 she is project manager of Cyberhand. Her research interest are in microfabrication technologies for the development of microsystems for biomedical applications.
  Jacopo Carpaneto. Electrical Engineer at the University of Pisa. From November 2000 to December 2001, he was a research assistant at the ARTS Lab of Scuola Superiore S.Anna Pisa and he worked on the EU GRIP Project. Ph.D. student in biomedical robotics at the ARTS Lab of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. Research interests in rehabilitation engineering and biomechanics.
  Ettore Cavallaro. Electrical Engineer at the University of Pisa. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Bioengineering at the ARTS Lab of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Pisa. Among his research interests are Soft Computing techniques for signal processing and biomimetic artificial sensors.
  Silvestro Micera. Electrical Engineer, Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. From 1998 to 2001, he has been the Project Manager of the EU GRIP Project (ESPRIT LTR Project #26322, "an InteGRated system for the neuroelectric control of grasp in disabled Persons"). Assistant Professor of Biomechanical Engineering at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. Research interests in the development of interfaces for the control of robotic artefacts and in particular of devices for functional recovery and substitution of disabled persons.
  Giovanni Stellin. Mechanical Engineer at the University of Padua. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Microsystem Engineering at the ARTS Lab of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Pisa and he worked on the RTR IV Prosthetic Hand Project. He is mainly interested in the application of Microtechnologies to Humanoid Robotics and in the design of anthropomorphous hand and arm.
  Christian Cipriani. Electronic Engineer at the University of Pisa. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Biorobotics at the ARTS Lab of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Pisa. His research interest are in the design of proprioceptive and exteroceptive sensor-based controller for bio-inspired final effectors.
  Franco Zaccone. Electrical Engineer at the University of Pisa. Since June 2000, he was a research assistant at the ARTS Lab of Scuola Superiore S.Anna Pisa and he worked on the EU GRIP Project. His research interest are in the design of hardware systems for rehabilitation engineering and motion analysis.
INAIL Prosthetic Centre@ARTS

 
  Maria Chiara Carrozza (M'00) received the Laurea degree in physics from the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, in 1990. Since 2001, she has been an Associate Professor of biomedical robotics at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy. She is the co-cordinator of the Advanced Robotics Technology and Systems Laboratory where she is responsible for several national and international projects in the fields of biorobotics. Her research interests are in the fields of biorobotics (artificial hands, upper limb exoskeletons), rehabilitation engineering (neurorehabilitation, domotic, and robotic aids), and biomedical microengineering (microsensors, tactile sensors). She is an author of several scientific papers and international patents and she is Member of IEEE RAS and EMBS societies. Since 2005 she is Director of the Research Division and Deputy Director of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna.
    John-John Cabibihan. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Bioengineering at the ARTS Lab of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Pisa. His main scientific interest are the development and testing of biomimetic artificial sensors and their integration in an artifical skin.
  Giovanni Cappiello. Mechanical Engineer at the University of Pisa. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Robotics at the ARTS Lab of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Pisa and he worked on the RTR IV Prosthetic Hand Project. Among his research interests are rehabilitation technologies, biomedical and surgical devices, osseointegration and biomimetic artificial sensors.
  Roberto Lazzarini. Electrical Engineer from the University of Pisa. Since 1993, he is research assistant at the ARTS and CRIM Labs of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. He has been Project Manager of the INAIL Project ("Design and development of innovative components for sensorized prosthetic systems") and actually he supports all the electrical design and development at the ARTS and CRIM Labs.
  Pierpaolo Vacalebri. Since 2000 he is research assistent at ARTS Lab. He supports the electrical design and development of the electronic units of the Cyberhand biomechatronic hand and other other biomedical devices.
  Fabrizio Vecchi. Electrical Engineer, Ph.D. in Robotics from University of Genova. He is the Project Manger of the NEUROBOTICS Integrated Project (FP6-IST-FET-2003-#001917). His research interests are in biomedical engineering, biomedical robotics, rehabilitation engineering, prosthetic and cybernetic hands, tactile sensors, powered and sensorised exoskeletons, multisensorised systems.
 
Centro Nacional de Microelectronica
  M. Teresa Osés is a research member of the Electronic Systems Design Department at IMB-CNM and member of the teaching team in the Microelectronics programme at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Research and teaching interests are related with mixed analog-digital circuit design with special emphasis in biomedical applications. She has participated in the INTER ITURB and responsible for the GRIP Esprit projects and now is the responsible at CNM for the Cyberhand Esprit project.
  Jordi Sacristán Riquelme. Telecommunications Technical Engineer at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona (1996), Electronic Engineer MSc at the ETSEE (UAB) (1999). Master Engineer in Electronics (2001). Part time assistant professor at the ETSEE (UAB) (2001-2003). PhD student in Microelectronics design at the CNM.
  Carlos Olmo Parejo. Telecommunications Technical Engineer at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona (1999), Electronic Engineer MSc at the ETSEE (UAB) (2003).
 
Fraunhofer-Institut für Biomedizinische Technik
  Klaus Peter Koch. Engineer responsible for systemintegration for neural implants at the Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Biomedizinische Technik, St. Ingbert Germany. His expertise is on system integration for FES-Implants and Epimysial electrodes. He works on the EU-project Saliwell and REBEC, the German-projects IMEX and is responsible for the EU-projects ROSANA and CYBERHAND.
  Thomas Doerge. Engineer responsible for the production and development of neural implants at the Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Biomedizinische Technik, St. Ingbert Germany. His expertise is on microsystems / fabrication of flexible electrodes. He works on the EU-project ROSANA, REBEC, Cyberhand and the German-project IMEX.
  Markus Hanauer. Technician responsible for the production and development of neural implants at the Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Biomedizinische Technik, St. Ingbert Germany. His expertise is on microsystems / assembling of electrodes and silicone converting. He works on the EU-project ROSANA, REBEC, Cyberhand and the German-project IMEX.
  Anup Ramachandran. Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science and Applications from NCVT, Govt of India; Master of Applied Science in Biomedical Instrumentation from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala India. He's currently a Ph.D student working on the encapsulation of active implantable microsystems for neuroprosthetic applications. He is the Engineer responsible for the development of biocompatible coating of neural interfaces in the Cyberhand project. His research interests are in the material-material interaction, host-material interactions and surface modification, neurophysiology, biomedical equipment.
 
Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona

 
 

The Group of Neuroplasticity and Regeneration of the UAB is a multidisciplinary research group working on nerve regeneration and recovery after peripheral nerve and spinal cord lesions. The members of the group have combined expertise in microsurgery, neurophysiology, morphology, cell culture, molecular biology and bioelectronics. Our research is mainly focused on experimental models for peripheral nerve regeneration, peripheral neuropathies, spinal cord injuries and glial cell cultures. We have also experience and availability to participate and promote clinical studies in these fields.

Scientific personnel involved in the CYBERHAND project

  • Xavier Navarro, MD, PhD, Professor of Physiology, Group director
  • Elena Valderrama, PhD, Professor of Computer Sciences
  • Enrique Verdú, PhD, Titular Professor of Physiology
  • Jordi Cuadras, PhD, Titular Professor of Histology
  • Francisco J. Rodríguez, PhD, PostDoc Researcher
  • Natalia Lago, PhD Fellow
  • Ruben López-Vales, PhD Fellow
  • Guillem García-Alias, Associate
 
Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction, Aalborg University
 

Ken Yoshida received his PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Utah in 1994 and received post-doctoral training at the University of Alberta in the laboratory of Prof. R.B. Stein between 1994-1998. He is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Health Science and Technology at Aalborg University and has been a member of the Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction (SMI) at Aalborg University since his arrival to Denmark in 1998.He has led the effort in Cyberhand at SMI since Sept 2004 where he and his research group are involved with the modification and testing of thin film electrodes and neuroprosthetic components of the Cyberhand system. His research interests include the development of high selectivity neural interface techniques, natural feedback based neuroprosthetic control systems, bioelectrodes and segmental motor control physiology.

   

Kristian Hennings received his M. Sc. EE degree at Aalborg University in 2001. He is currently a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at SMI, Aalborg University, and has been enrolled there since 2001. His task in the Cyberhand project is to develop software for the Cyberhand Stimulator/Recording circuit and to test these systems in experimental conditions. His research interests include electrical stimulation and its underlying biophysical mechanisms. To that end he is involved in human and animal experimentation as well as computer modeling.

 

Marco Tosato received his M. Sc. EE degree at the University of Genoa (Italy) in 2001. He is currently a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at SMI, Aalborg University (Denmark) and has been enrolled there since 2003. His task in this project is to help Ken in manufacturing and modifying the intrafascicular electrodes and assist Kristian in the testing of the stimulation HW. His research interests involve the design of selective electrodes and stimulation techniques, the development of cardiac neuroprostheses and the study of the cardiac functions of the autonomic nervous system.

 

Maxime Bureau is a visiting student from the Ecole d’Ingenieurs La Rochelle (EIGSI) and is involved with the porting of software to run as a GUI based program in the Windows OS.

 


IST-FET Project #2001-35094