Bio-cooperative robotic system for upper-limb rehabilitation in working contexts

Project objectives

The RehabRobo@Work project aims to realize a bio-cooperative robotic system that integrates a virtual reality environment to deliver motor rehabilitation and visuomotor coordination, in personalized working scenarios, of people affected by work-related musculoskeletal pathologies of the upper extremities.

The project also has the objective to apply, for the first time, the so-called bio-cooperative approach to administer robot-aided rehabilitation in people suffering from work-related injuries or pathologies.

The 3D bio-cooperative robotic system will be highly adaptive with respect to the subject’s characteristics and the specific working scenario. Moreover, the project will develop a dedicated module for monitoring the patient’s biomechanical and physiological states, together with a customized sensory-feedback. It aims to emphasize the subject’s active involvement and stimulate visuomotor coordination.

RehabRobo@Work is expected to have high impact in working environments. In fact, it will create a novel paradigm for delivering upper-limb treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, allowing the subjects to be quickly reinserted in a working environment. It is expected to speed up the recovery process and considerably reduce the costs related to working injuries that usually burden the national GDP.

The validation of the RehabRobo@Work platform will be carried out in the last six months of the project lifetime; it wants to provide a "proof of concept" of the system advantages (based on a modular and bio-cooperative system) offering to injured workers a rehabilitative treatment grounded on their specific needs.

Start/End Date

2017 - 2018

Principal Investigator

Prof. Loredana Zollo, Associate Professor at the Research Unit of Biomedical Robotics and BioMicroSystems

Other participants

Prof. Silvia Sterzi – Professor and head of the Unit of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Host institution

Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma

Other Institutions involved

Research Department DiMeiLa, Internal Operative Unit, INAIL

Source of funding

Bando Ricerche in Collaborazione (BRiC) 2016, INAIL