Renaud Ronsse, Benoît Raucent
The amount of medical robotics applications exponentially raised in the past few years (e.g. in surgery, rehabilitation, assistance to impaired persons). This field is a perfect framework to combine expertise from our center (mechanical and electromechanical design, advanced control) and from clinicians. In that respect, we have ongoing collaborations with our institutional hospitals through the “Louvain Bionics” multidisciplinary consortium. In all these projects, we pay a particular attention to develop our solutions with a "patient-oriented perspective", i.e. by including a large amount of clinical validations with patients and clinicians/therapists in the design process. On top of that, this research axis also features our recent activities in the field of bio-robotics, i.e. the design and control of robots being directly inspired by performances and behavior of their living counterparts (humans or animals).