Edited By Indra Spiecker gen. Döhmann and Astrid Wallrabenstein
BrainLinks-BrainTools: Intelligent Neurotechnological Systems for Healthcare
Intelligent robots, prostheses and implants may contribute greatly to health care by offering better therapy for diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease and as assistive devices to paralyzed and amputated patients. The authors, researchers of the BrainLinks-BrainTools project, present their approaches and results.
Intelligent robots perceive their environment and autonomously generate actions to achieve their goal. The European Commission has identified intelligent robots as a key technology for personalizing care and boosting the quality, access and efficiency of healthcare. Application domains of intelligent robots include several promising areas, such as smart medical capsules, robot-based surgery, intelligent prosthetics, robot-based motor coordination analysis and therapy, robot-assisted mental, cognitive and social therapy, and robot-based patient monitoring systems. Intelligent robots combined with neurotechnology give rise to the field of intelligent neurobotic systems for healthcare.
Intelligent neurobotic systems are a central topic of the cluster of excellence BrainLinks-BrainTools at the University of Freiburg. BrainLinks-BrainTools has two visions. First, to develop intelligent assistive devices and prostheses which are connected to the brain of people with paralysis or amputations and that are able to return movement capacity. We refer to this type of device as “Limbs with Neural Control” (LiNC). And second, to develop fully implanted devices with closed-loop feedback for the treatment of neurological disorders, such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, depression and other neurological and psychiatric disorders. We refer to this kind of device as “Smart Energy-Autonomous Micronodes” (SEAM). ← 49 | 50 →
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