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Universitat Zurich, Switzerland (former Partner)

General description

The University of Zurich is one of Europe’s leading public research universities. UZH was founded in 1983 for the first time in Europe by a democratic political system, not a monarch or a church. With roughly 30.000 enrolled students, UZH classifies as the largest University in Switzerland. UZH is composed of seven faculties. Their educational offer covers 100 different subject areas and provides ample learning opportunities with many Bachelor, Master, PhD and continuous education programs. UZH joins the INTELLIMAN Network with the WP 6 leaders Prof. Dr. Bigna Lenggenhager and Dr. Gianluca Saetta. The WP 6 projects are hosted by the Methods of Plasticity Research Lab at the Psychology Department, led by Prof. Dr. Nicolas Langer.

Expertise related to the project

The primary UZH expertise is in the general neuropsychological and psychological assessment of cognitive and affective processes, the clinical evaluation of qualitative and quantitative aspects of phantom limb sensation (i.e., the feeling that a limb is still present despite its physical loss) and the factors underlying the prosthesis embodiment (i.e. the feeling that an external device could be a surrogate of one’s body part).

UZH Projects aim at gaining deep knowledge on the neuropsychological and multisensory neurophysiological mechanisms promoting human acceptability, trust, sense of ownership and agency (i.e., the feeling that a robotic device belongs to a human and the feeling of being in control of this device, respectively) towards mechanical devices. To this ambitious goal, UZH combines multimodal methods such as virtual reality technology for realistic simulation of human-machine interactions, eye tracker for the gaze behaviour analysis and ad-hoc created behavioural paradigms. Moreover, UZH supports the INTELLIMAN projects with advanced univariate and multivariate statistical methods for multimodal data analysis.