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Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

General description

The Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg) is the third largest university among the universities in Bavaria with around 38,000 students. It was established in Erlangen in 1743 and has also been located in Nuremberg since 1961. 

As part of the Hightech Agenda Bayern, the Department Artificial Intelligence in Biomedical Engineering (AIBE) was established at FAU in 2020. Among other groups, the Assistive Intelligent Robotics Lab (AIROB Lab) was founded in 2021 under the responsibility of Prof. Claudio Castellini. This research group addresses the topics of human-machine interaction in the context of assistive robotics – such as prostheses and exoskeletons for the upper and lower limbs. In particular, the research group focus is on intent detection, biosignal analysis and machine learning methods.

Expertise related to the project

The focus of the AIROB Lab in this project is on intent detection in the field of human-machine interaction through research in the areas of sensor modalities, biosignal analysis and machine learning.
In this project, we apply this research in particular to the intent detection of the user and control of virtual and real upper limb prostheses. On the one hand, this includes the development of new algorithms and methods and, on the other hand, the validation on test persons (with and without limb differences) within user studies.

Furthermore, we are leading the work package Shared Autonomy between humans and robots. In this part of the project, we will apply findings from our research to other use cases with the aim of increasing safety in human-robot collaborations.