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Medical Imaging Technologies- Robot-assisted Rehabilitation

Medical Imaging Technologies

The main objective of this project is to measure rehabilitation outcomes using medical imaging technologies. In short, the idea is using Diffusion MRI and fMRI to analyze the advantages of using robot-assisted rehabilitation therapy.

This project is a collaboration between our research group at Universidad Miguel Hernandez and Inscanner.

Financial Entity: Universidad Miguel Hernández and Inscanner

Researchers: Nicolas Garcia Aracil, Eduardo Fernandez Jover, Angela Bernabeu

22 January 2013 No comments

PUPArm- Proof of Concept


The main objective of this project is to analyse the outcome of the robot-assisted rehabilitation therapy in at least 30 sub-acute and chronic stroke patients, randomly assigned to 2 different experimental groups:

Control group: this group, composed by at least 15 patients, will receive three months of standard rehabilitation therapy, according to rehabilitation protocols defined by clinical experts.

Robot-aided rehabilitation group: this group, composed by at least 15 patients, will receive three months of robot-aided rehabilitation therapy, according to rehabilitation protocols defined by clinical experts.

The aim of these experiments is to provide the “proof of concept” of the PUParm robot to be a technological system, capable of delivering rehabilitation therapy, tailored on the specific needs of the single patient.

Financial Entity: Universidad Miguel Hernández

Researchers: Nicolas Garcia Aracil, Eduardo Fernandez Jover, Maria Dolores Garcia, Daniel Tornero, ….

22 January 2013 No comments


El objetivo principal de este proyecto es el desarrollar un dispositivo robótico para la administración temprana de terapias de Neurorehabilitación. El dispositivo es una novedad a nivel mundial ya que permitirá al paciente realizar sus ejercicios de rehabilitación tanto en posición de cúbito supino como en sedestación e implementará técnicas ampliamente utilizadas para la rehabilitación del miembro superior como técnicas de terapia ocupacional para la rehabilitación de la actividades de la vida diaria.

El dispositivo que se desarrollará en este proyecto incorporar métodos avanzados de estimulación distal del miembro superior mediante distintos sistemas de agarre al dispositivo y a su vez incorporará nuevas herramientas de auto-adaptación de la terapia en función del estado del paciente y el rendimiento del mismo durante la ejecución de las terapias.

El dispositivo que se pretende desarrollar será único a nivel mundial lo que permite pensar en un seguro éxito de comercialización del mismo una vez validado clínicamente y certificado.

El proyecto HELPER se estructura en siete paquetes de trabajo. El PT0 y el PT6 tienen un carácter general y sirven para gestionar tanto el seguimiento, la coordinación como el impacto, la explotación y diseminación del proyecto. El PT1 marca las pautas de trabajo para el resto de tareas, definiendo un sistema conjunto e integrado de soluciones tecnológicas y administrativas. Los PT2, PT3 y PT4 se encargan de investigar, diseñar y desarrollar las diversas tecnologías que componen el sistema HELPER. Finalmente, el PT5 se encarga de integrar las innovaciones tecnológicas en la plataforma, y validar mediante test experimentales el sistema desarrollado


Reference: CDTI (IDI-20120770)

Financial Entity: CDTI (Centre for Industrial Technological Development)- Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Spain).

Main Researcher: Nicolas Garcia Aracil

22 January 2013 No comments

HUMBIOS- Interpretation of the human intention and performance through biomedical signals and analysis of kinematic and dynamic motion

This project focuses on the work of interpreting the information provided by the user (surgeon in the surgical environment and patient / therapist in rehabilitation setting.) The main work of this subproject is based on:

a)  The interpretation of kinematic and dynamic information of the human intention and performance. To accomplish this goal, software modules will be developed to extend the features of already known packages as OpenSim from These studies are directly applicable to other sub-projects that participate in this request.

b)  The interpretation of human intention and action through biomedical signals and their use as actuators to produce biofeedback. It is proposed to work on the selection and integration of biomedical signals in a new intelligent bio-cooperative controller capable of improving human-machine interaction. These studies are directly applicable to other sub-projects.

c)  The development of a demonstrator of the benefits of the cooperative controller for a rehabilitation setting. The objective is to evaluate the benefits of including the patient in the control loop from the point of view of the patient’s motivation. With this aim, the experimental protocol will be defined first, and then an extensive validation in healthy subjects will be carried out, in order to evaluate and compare the performance of a robotic system for an upper limb of 2 planar degrees freedom. Finally, the opinion of physiotherapists and users on the level satisfaction with the use of the prototypes will be evaluated with questionnaires. The responses will be reviewed in a report of improvements that will include the comments from surveys.


Reference: DPI2011-29660-C04-04

Financial Entity: Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Spain).

Main Researcher: Nicolas Garcia Aracil

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22 January 2013 No comments

BRAIN2MOTION: Exoskeletal – neuroprosthesis hybrid robotic system for the upper limb controlled by a multimodal brain-neural interface

28 July 2011 No comments

PUPArm project. Pneumatic parallel arm for neuro-rehabilitation

PUPArm is a planar device with 2 degrees of freedom, designed for neuromotor rehabilitation of upper arm and for the research on biofeedback algorithms.

PUPArm is moved by pneumatic actuators and it is intrinsically safe. PUPArm system integrates heart pulse sensor for measurement of the patient state.

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29 March 2011 No comments

European Project ECHORD-MAAT

The MAAT project aims at developing a new robotic system for the administration of highly sophisticated therapy to stroke patients able to (i) maximise patient motivation and involvement in the therapy and (ii) continuously assess the progress of the recovery from the functional and neurological viewpoint, with special attention to the issue of safety in human-robot interaction. The main novelty of the MAAT approach is to close patient in the loop and use multi-sensory data (such as motion, forces, voice, muscle activity, heart rate, skin conductance etc.) to adaptively and dynamically change complexity of the therapy and real-time displays of an immersive virtual reality system in accordance with specific patient requirements. For the experimental validation of the MAAT approach, two prototypes of multimodal robotic platforms will be developed, using technologies available in the ECHORD equipment list, which are based on two different industrial robot arms. They will allow validating the scientific value of the proposed approach, comparing performance of the two industrial robots when used for rehabilitation and collaborating with the manufacturers to address specific modifications coming out from the application. To pursue project objectives, MAAT gathers two partners from two different European countries (Italy and Spain) with complementary expertise in robotics. The tight collaboration of the project coordinator with medical groups of Neurology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of the University Campus Bio-medico will be notably beneficial for a preliminary clinical validation of the MAAT system on post-stroke patients.

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16 March 2011 No comments

WO 2010/018283. Robotic arm for controlling arm movement

The present invention relates to a robotic arm and a method of using this robotic arm. The present invention more specifically relates to a robotic arm which can be used in upper limb training.

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14 December 2010 No comments

AUPA project. Rehabilitation robotic arm

Robot de rehabilitación AUPA

Robot AUPA

Fundación Casaverde and Nbio have developed a new robot for neuro-rehabilitation of upper arm.

AUPA robot is a  pneumatic system formed by two robotic arms and it is able to reproduce physician movements. More information on:

29 October 2010 Comments off

Winter school on rehabilitation robots (2008)

Winter SchoolThis Winter School is primarily addressed to young researchers (PhD and advanced Master students) interested in Rehabilitation Robotics and in the new perspectives in this field provided by the direct link to neuroscience. The participants will get in touch with other young researchers in the field and they will have the opportunity to improve their knowledge through the tutorials given by world-wide known lecturers.

The main goal is that participants improve their knowledge about rehabilitation robotics, learn the analysis techniques and share their experiences with other colleagues that are in the same area. Simulations and practical sessions about design and developments of rehabilitation robots will contribute to this sharing experience. Read more…

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