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INnovative Network for Training in ToUch InteracTIVE Interfaces

INTUITIVE will train a generation of early stage researcher (ESR) in ground breaking scientific and technological
approaches in haptics. They will develop novel soft biomorphic tactile skin based on flexible electronics, miniaturized soft
sensors, and a powerful new understanding of tactile information processing in humans - intrinsically shaped through the
interaction with the environment, and aimed to advance robotics and assistive technology. The technological novelties of this
project include touch sensor using materials such as graphene and new functionalities such as memory device in skin for
deeper understanding of skin biomechanics through artificial means. Neuroscience investigations and computational
modelling using predictive coding will explain how variable modes of interactions still lead to a stable representation of the
objects we interact with, and how robots could use these principles to acquire knowledge of their haptic environment. This
will also help developing intuitive and efficient haptic displays as an aid for the blind and prosthetics. Through participation in
this ITN and targeted courses, the ESR will acquire complementary expertise of neuroscience, haptics, flexible electronics,
microsensors, robotics and rehabilitation technology. This programme, proposed by 13 key academic, research institutes
and industry, will deliver 540 person-months of unparalleled multidisciplinary research training to 15 ESRs. The ESR will be
mentored by INTUITIVE PIs, who are pioneers in the neuroscience or/and technology of haptics and its applications. They
will have access to state-of-the-art equipment including unique devices designed by the PIs. Hands-on project training will be
supplemented with formal training courses in relevant fields and a variety of courses such as IPR, grant writing and
exploiting the scientific results. Mobility within the network targeted to each ESR will ensure exposure to both academic and
industrial environments.

Date:1 Oct 2019  →  Today
Keywords:interactive interfaces, haptics, miniaturized soft sensors, biomorphic tactile skin, flexible electronics, computational modelling, rehabilitation technology
Disciplines:Robot manipulation and interfaces, Robot structures, Sensing, estimation and actuating