WEARHAP -WEARable HAPtics for humans and robots
DALi - Devices for Assisted Living
Healthy adults take for granted the ability to navigate through complex and crowded environments.
For adults with reduced physical or mental ability, particularly older adults, simple daily tasks, such as shopping or just socialising, can be extremely challenging. Normal environments can seem hostile and unfamiliar; as a result, those with reduced ability tend to avoid going out and suffer a consequent loss of physical and mental wellbeing, arising from reduced exercise, reduced fresh food and reduced socialising.
To address this problem, we have developed a portable motion planning device for crowded environments, to help reduce the stress of a user with impaired ability.
Our device takes the responsibility of finding the best course of action in the local environment, freeing the user to focus on more important things, such as the physical effort of moving.
THE - The Hand Embodied
THE Hand Embodied, refers to the “hand” as both the abstract cognitive entity – standing for the sense of active touch – and the physical embodiment of such sense, comprised of actuators and sensors that ultimately realize the link between perception and action. Central to this project is the concept of constraints imposed by the embodied characteristics of the hand and its sensorimotor apparatus on the learning and control strategies we use for such fundamental cognitive functions as exploring, grasping and manipulating.
The project hinges about two systems of such enabling constraints, or synergies, respectively in the hand motor system and in the tactile and kinaesthetic sensory system, and about their interaction. Motor and sensory synergies are also our two key ideas for advancing the state of the art in artificial system architectures for the “hand” as a cognitive organ: indeed, the ultimate goal of THE Hand Embodied project is to learn from human data and hypotheses‐driven simulations how to better control, and even design, robot hands and haptic interfaces.
Collaboration with IIT
SIRSLab actively contributes with other universities and research institutes around the world.However, our group has a permenant presence in Italian Institute of Technology, to collaborate with them in there various on-going projects of mutual interest.