The NBS group is part of the MSCA ITN - Understanding neural coding of touch as enabling technology for prosthetics and robotics

The NBS group is proud to announce that the group led by Prof. Elisabetta Chicca will be part of the newly granted ITN NeuTouch as part of the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie action Innovative Training Networks - Understanding neural coding of touch as enabling technology for prosthetics and robotics (NeuTouch) alongside the Neuroinformatics group led by Prof. Helge Ritter, the Biopsychology & Cognitive Neuroscience group led by Prof. Heed and 11 other European partners.

In the context of this ITN the aim is to improve artificial tactile perception in robots and prostheses, by understanding how to best extract, integrate and exploit tactile information at system level. Dexterous manipulation is a fundamental skill to improve interaction capabilities of service and industrial robots, and develop prosthetic devices that enable amputees to regain hand functionality, for improving their independence and quality of life and for reintegration in working environments. The sense of touch is crucial for any skilled manipulation; it is fundamental to establish contact and acquire the information needed for hand/object interactions, and for perceiving variations in the contact itself (slip, vibrations, duration, pressure).

To this aim, NeuTouch will train young researchers that will build up a novel multidisciplinary community, that will tackle fundamental questions about neural encoding of tactile information, by developing computational tools and models capable of explaining the activity in the biological neural pathway and link it to behavioral decisions. The identified underlying neuronal processing principles will guide the design of novel sensing devices and algorithms to improve tactile exploration and manipulation skills in robots and tactile feedback in prosthetic devices.

In the context of this network there will be various possibilities for PhD candidates at Bielefeld University. Please have a look at our Open Positions page for more details.