ICT for ageing well.



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The overall work plan is organised in 6 workpackages which comprise the following: 1) WP1 (End-users and scenarios): Setting up and managing a stakeholder pool with ethical considerations so the mobility requirements of elderly persons can be determined and the resulting exoskeletons tested by real end-users; 2) WP2 (Exoskeleton components): Theoretical studies of the systems needed, realisation of exoskeleton components comprising mechanical parts, sensors & controls, user interfaces, etc; 3) WP3 (System integration, testing and validation): Configuration of the components developed to realise Basic, Standard, and Deluxe exoskeletons, and testing by researchers in laboratories; 4) WP4 (Pilot test beds): User testing by elderly persons in Sweden, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and UK; 5) WP5 (Commercialisation): Development of business and service models for implementation in different regions of the EU, and dissemination of the project results, and 6) WP6 (Project management): Overall work plan management and administration, finance, reporting, quality assurance, etc.


EXO-LEGS is aimed at developing lower body mobility exoskeletons for helping people move around to perform normal daily life tasks. The motions include tasks such as standing up, sitting down, straight walking on flat ground, stepping over objects, walking on soft and uneven ground, walking up- and down-stairs, etc. EXO-LEGS will develop theoretical and modular frameworks able to realise prototype devices that can be useful for assisting human mobility. Basic, Standard and Deluxe exoskeleton prototypes (half- and full- models) will be designed, developed and tested in the five target EU countries.

Expected results and impact:

The project targets research of AAL scenarios requiring simple, standard and difficult mobility solutions for maximising the impact so that logical commercialisation can follow together with making advances in key scientific areas. Commercial exoskeleton products which are reliable, affordable and compliant to the ISO 13482 safety standard for exoskeletons, will be focussed upon. Once these solutions are available, other user segments will be able to benefit from them, namely, handicapped persons, overweight people, etc… to increase the impact further. An EXO-LEGS Consortium Agreement has been signed for commercialisation in both medical and non-medical sectors.

University of GävleR&DSweden
Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyR&DGermany
Universidad Politécnica de CartegenaR&DSpain
Chas A Blatchford & Sons LimitedBusiness, SMEUK
Hocoma AGBusiness, SMESwitzerland
GIGATRONIK Technologies GmbHSMEGermany
MRK Systeme GmbHSMEGermany
Proyecto Control Montaje, S.L.SMESpain
Mobile Robotics Sweden ABSMESweden
Gävle kommun and other Gävleborg partnersEnd-usersSweden

Coordinator: University of Gävle, Sweden

Duration: 36 Months

Starting Date: 01 October 2012

Total budget: €4,559,117

Public contribution: €2,776,346


Professor Gurvinder S. Virk
Professor of Robotics and the Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development
University of Gävle, Kungsbäcksvägen 47, S-801 76 Gävle, SWEDEN
Tel: +46 26 648704, Mob: +46 705 406425