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German Robotics Visit Leads to Legoland?

On 28 and 29 April, HiOA's R&D Administration team hosted a visit from an impressed Dr Bernhard Budaker of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation, Stuttgart. Fraunhofer IPA is one of Europe's top robotics institutes.

Dr Budaker discussed possible collaboration with HiOA on biomechanics. His institute has experience in orthopaedic engineering, sensors and drive systems for prosthesis. He was impressed with HiOA's work on motion and gait analysis, prosthesis and training of healthcare professionals. Oslo Medtech suggested some Norwegian companies who could take part.

Dr Bernhard Budaker of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation shows off new robotics when visiting HiOA.

Tom Salusbury from the R&D Administration team chaired the meeting, where Dr Budaker met HiOA researchers from the Faculties of Health Sciences and Technology, Art and Design. Oslo Medtech - a cluster organisation for companies, hospitals, finance, knowledge and research institutions focusing on medical technology in the Oslo region - also took part.

EU's Horizon 2020 Programme

The three organisations have considered two proposals for funding under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme:  Smart Exoskeleton for Limb Rehabilitation Training and Assistive Exoskeleton . Both proposals could develop robotic systems to assist sick people and will involve Margit Meier from the Faculty of Health Sciences and Peyman Mirtaheri from the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design. To get things started, Tom Salusbury prepared a concept note of what each projects could cover.

Next steps?

To attract partners and develop ideas, Margit and Bernhard will present their project concepts at the RoboBusiness Europe conference at the end of May. This is the top business development event for the global robotics industry in 2014. And (appropriately) it is in Legoland in Denmark!

Do you have a research idea that could be developed into a European collaborative project? Contact Vibeke Moe in the R&D Administration team.

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