The Human-Robot Interaction area is a research area of the Perceptual Robotics laboratory (PERCRO) of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, led by Prof. Antonio Frisoli. The group has a consolidated expertise in psychophysics of the human perception and biomechanics of human motion, with specific reference to the tactile and haptic sense, such expertise is being employed for the development of novel haptic devices including large workspace devices, desktop devices and force feedback exoskeletons. These devices are being employed to replicate contact feelings during virtual presence, telepresence and haptic enhanced devices (such as for new generation of mobile vehicles).
The HRI group is also engaged in the clinical field by developing and applying innovative robotic systems, coupled also with enriched virtual environments, for neuromotor and orthopedic rehabilitation purposes. The advance in robotic and neuroscience technology fields can greatly improve the stroke rehabilitation by giving an alternative to classical rehabilitation exercise and a supplement to the one-to-one therapy which can substantially improve the repeatability and intensity of the motor training as well as the patients’ motivation.
J. Edward Colgate, S. Lederman, D. Prattichizzo, F. Barbagli, C. Basdogan, M. Buss, M. Ernst, A. Frisoli, B. Gillespie, D. Grant, M. Harders, V. Hayward, L. Jones, H. Kajimoto, A. Kappers, A. Kheddar, M.C. Lin, K. MacLean, B. Miller, H. Noma, A.M. Okamura, M. O'Malley, J. Ryu, H.Z. Tan, Y. Yokokohji