Consortium

Consortium

A strong multidisciplinary team

The Exo4Work Consortium

Exo4Work is a research project conducted by 25 researchers from 4 research groups from 2 universities and with support and guidance from 17 industrial partners.

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Universities

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Research Groups

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Researchers

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Industrial partners

R&MM is the robotics research group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

The main research topics of the Robotics & Multibody Mechanics (R&MM) research group can be divided into physical human-robot interaction (pHRI) and cognitive HRI (cHRI).

39 researchers are working in the R&MM on these topics, moreover R&MM is leading the Brubotics consortium (www.brubotics.eu) that units 8 interdisciplinary research groups (both from engineering as human sciences) at the VUB to work around human centered robotics technology.

In Exo4Work, R&MM is responsible for the mechatronic design of the exoskeletons.

The robotics research group of KU Leuven Department of Mechanical Engineering, Division of Production engineering, Machine design and Automation (PMA), has pioneered robotics research since the mid-1970s. They were among the first to develop active force feedback for assembly operations.   They have covered virtually all aspects of sensor-based robotics, from the high-level task specification down to low-level sensor-based control, and applied the research results in a variety of industrial applications. In the last decade they shifted their attention towards assistive devices, service robots (behavior-based mobile manipulation, shared control, learning control), medical robotics (natural interfaces, haptic bilateral control), and active sensing. Additionally there is the focus of software engineering for complex, sensor-based robot controllers.

 

PMA is responsible for the intelligent control of the exoskeleton.

VUB-MFYS research group of the Faculty of Physical Education and Physical Therapy focuses its research on ‘Exercise & the Brain in Health and Disease’ (http://www.blits.org/en/science/exercise-en-the-brain/). The interaction of exercise on neurochemistry, neurophysiology and neuroplasticity is explored in different situations. VUB-MFYS explores the limits of fatigue, mechanisms of thermoregulation, the positive effects of exercise on neurogenesis and the (neuro-) physiological aspects of human-robot interaction.

In Exo4Work, MFYS is co-responsible for the evaluation of the exoskeleton.

MFYS is also part of BruBotics, the Brussels Human Robotics Research Center of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

The department of Kinesiology (Ilse Jonkers, Friedl De Groote) will contribute a specific expertise on biomechanical analysis of  joint kinematics and joint loading in a variety of motor tasks using integrated motion capture. Furthermore, they will  contribute expertise on the calculation of musculoskeletal loading using dynamic simulations and musculoskeletal models. The group also holds relevant expertise in assessing the user response to exoskeleton assistance through the IWT-SBO project MIRAD.

Our Industrial User group

17 industry partners are actively supporting the Exo4Work project by providing advice, sharing their experiences and by following the progress made.