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MOVE-AGE, KU Leuven - University of Leuven

MOVE-AGE
The Joint Doctorate Program ‘MOVE-AGE’, is funded by the European Commission as part of the Erasmus Mundus program. In the MOVE-AGE program approximately 50 PhD students will receive a fellowship to study how mobility can be maintained during ageing. Loss of mobility with ageing is a vast and rapidly growing social and economic problem worldwide. Within MOVE-AGE we will perform translational research to generate knowledge and to train a new generation of scientists to address this problem.

MOVE-AGE

MIRAD
The main project goal is to generate generic scientific and technological knowledge that is applicable to the wider area of robotic devices that dynamically interact with humans, such as orthoses, prostheses, rehabilitation or training equipment, and teleoperation and assistive devices for industry.
There is a growing need for mechatronic devices dynamically interacting with humans. However, user satisfaction of existing devices is currently limited, not in the least because many knowledge domains are involved: mechatronics, biomechanical knowledge on human motion models, rehabilitation knowledge, and psychological aspects.
Therefore the MIRAD project brings together a unique consortium of experts from different fields to develop an integrated methodology to bring intelligent robotic assistive devices to the users. To test our methodology, we additionally focus on a challenging application in the health care sector: a bilateral intelligent active lower-limb exoskeleton to assist persons suffering from functional weakness.
The purpose of the project is not to develop a product that can be used in clinical practice by the end of the project. Follow-up R&D projects will be needed for that purpose. Apart from health care, the project targets valorization of the developed methodologies and technologies in various industrial sectors and market segments, for example sports, space, rescue, entertainment.

MIRAD



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