Smart and intuitive osseointegrated transfemoral prostheses embodying advanced dynamic behaviors


Limb loss is one of the most physically and psychologically devastating events that can happen to a person. In USA, the main causes of lower-limb amputation are vascular diseases (70%), trauma (22%), congenital or birth defects (4%), and tumors (4%). Even if with appropriate rehabilitation many people can learn to walk or function again, amputation continues to be a large problem, as there still remains a significant gap between the most advanced prosthetic devices and their anatomical counterparts. The MyLeg project aims at developing both a solid theoretical understanding and the enabling technologies for the realization of a new generation of transfemoral prostheses that can be intuitively operated, sensed, and trusted as the healthy counterpart. MyLeg introduces the concept of smart and intuitive osseointegrated transfemoral prostheses that embody advanced dynamic behaviors. The MyLeg prosthetic system will be directly anchored to the amputee’s bone by means of osseointegrated implant to enhance the human-prosthesis interaction, perception, and motion capabilities; it will include implantable myoelectric sensors on targeted reinnervated muscles to realize an intuitive EMG control and to provide a high-level of cognition abilities; it will implement variable stiffness actuators realized with stress-stiffening nanostructured materials that guarantee high adaptability with respect to different tasks, dependability, and decisional autonomy; it will exploit light-weighted nanofibrous materials for sensing and energy harvesting. As the MyLeg project aims for direct exploitation in the prosthetic market, the MyLeg prosthetic system will be evaluated with osseointegrated amputees in a wide variety of activities of daily living, with a clear focus on increased Technology Readiness Levels. The accomplishment of the envisaged scenarios will boost the European prosthetic sector, contribute to the goal of retaining Europe’s competitiveness, and impact the healthcare and th

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Andrea Zucchelli

Unibo involved Department/s:
Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca Industriale su Meccanica Avanzata e Materiali

Universiteit Of Groeningen Rijksuniversiteit Groningen-Faculty Gmw(Netherlands)

Other Participants:
Universiteit Twente (Netherlands)
Stichting Katholieke Universiteit (Netherlands)
Össur hf (Iceland)
The University of Notre Dame Australia (Australia)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Roessingh Research And Development Bv (Netherlands)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 3.982.250,00
Project Duration in months: 62
Start Date: 01/01/2018
End Date: 28/02/2023

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Good health and well-being This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 780871 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 780871