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ADAPT Project

The project

The ADAPT project started in January 2017. It is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the INTERREG VA France (Channel) England programme. It gathers 16 partners around two major social and economic issues. 8 partners come from France and 8 from England.

ADAPT stands for Assistive Devices for empowering disAbled People through robotic Technologies. The project focuses on four main topics:

  • Smart and connected Electrical Powered Wheelchair (EPW) to compensate for user disabilities through driving assistance technologies and report users' health through connection with Internet. This system will benefit severely disabled users and enable health professionals to monitor changes in user health.
  • EPW Simulator platform using virtual reality. This will give the user an immersive experience of the Smart and Connected EPW and train them to drive in everyday life. Professionals will assess the suitability of the EPW for particular patients and environments and gain understanding of the user perspective.
  • Training of healthcare professionals in AT/SAR. This novel training provision addresses a gap in the current healthcare education. Project platforms will be captured in training protocols for the benefit of users and healthcare providers.
  • Formalised agreements between research institutions and companies built through 20events ranging from local to international meetings for promoting and disseminating ADAPT’s results, creating synergies, identifing points of convergence for common studies so as to boost R&D and favor the spread of innovative ADAPT's AT/SAR to the market.

The consortium

The project gathers 8 French partners and 8 English partners. ESIGELEC-IRSEEM is the lead partner.

ESIGELEC-IRSEEM
INSA Rennes
Université de Picardie Jules Verne
Pôle Saint Hélier
CHU - Hôpitaux de Rouen
Réseau Breizh PC
Ergovie
Pôle TES
University of Kent
University College of London
East Kent Hospitals Univ NHS Found. Trust
Health and Europe Centre
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Canterbury Christ Church University
Kent Surrey Sussex Academc Health Science Network
Cornwall Mobility Center

Ageing societies and chronic disabilities are irrevocable trends in EU which usually result in a loss of autonomy and a breakdown of social relations. In some cases, the use of Electrical Powered Wheelchair (EPW) is the only way to provide autonomy and improve social inclusion (62/10000 people in FR - 200/10000 in UK). At present many people with complex disabilities face increased isolation due to loss of independent mobility because of difficulties of getting assessed for provision of an EPW and the availability of an appropriate EPW.

In response to these trends, studies highlight the key role of innovative Assistive Technologies (AT), including Social Assistive Robotics (SAR) and smart EPW (JRRD 2008), as effective tools to empower disabled and aged people and improve social inclusion. But barriers exist in the uptake of AT/SAR (standardization, interoperability, limited involvement of users, lack of specialist training for health professionals and funding models).

To overcome these barriers, the project strategy will rely on a framework of innovation including developments from TRL 4 to 8 and training in AT/SAR. Cost-effective products and standardization will be a focus in the developments to facilitate the deployment of the solutions to the market. Pre/post trial questionnaires will be used throughout the project to measure the added-value of the following innovative outputs and to continuously improve them to meet stakeholder’s needs.

  • Smart and Connected EPW to compensate for user disabilities through driving assistance technologies and report users’ health through connection with internet. This system will benefit severely disabled users and enable health professionals to monitor changes in user health.
  • EPW Simulator platform using virtual reality. This will give the user an immersive experience of the Smart and Connected EPW and train them to drive in everyday life. Professionals will assess the suitability of the EPW for particular patients and environments and gain understanding of the user perspective.
  • Training of healthcare professionals in AT/SAR. This novel training provision addresses a gap in the current healthcare education. Project platforms will be captured in training protocols for the benefit of users and healthcare providers.
  • Formalized agreements between research institutions and companies built through 20events ranging from local to international meetings for promoting and disseminating ADAPT’s results, creating synergies, identifing points of convergence for common studies so as to boost R&D and favor the spread of innovative ADAPT's AT/SAR to the market.

The cross-border benefit of the proposed multidisciplinary consortium goes beyond the complementary technical skills to embrace the different cultural, regulatory and training environments building a fruitful context of collaboration to achieve greater convergence towards increasing market adoption of these AT.

Le Project

Le projet ADAPT, cofinancé par le Fonds Européen de Développement Régional dans le cadre du programme INTERREG VA France (Manche) Angleterre, a débuté en janvier 2017. Il réunit 16 partenaires, 8 français et 8 anglais, autour de deux enjeux socio-économiques majeurs : le vieillissement de la population et l'augmentation du nombre de personnes fragilisées.

Décliné Assistive Devices for empowering disAbled People through robotic Technologies (Dispositifs d'assistance à l'autonomisation de personnes handicapées grâce à la robotique), le projet s'articule autour de quatre axes de travail :

  • la réalisation d'un fauteuil roulant électrique (FRE) intelligenet et connecté compensant les handicaps de sutilisateurs grâce à des technologies d'assistance à la conduite
  • la réalisation d'un simulateur de conduite en réalié virtuelle pour une expérience immersive du FRE intelligent
  • la mise en place d'un package de formation destiné aux professionnels de santé su rles apports du Numérique pour les Technologies d'assistance
  • la signature de quatre accords de partenariat entre instituts de recherche et entreprises construits grâce à des événements locaux et internationaux pour créer des synergies, promouvoir et diffuser les résultats du projet

Le consortium

Le projet réunit 8 partenaires français et 8 partenaires anglais. L'ESIGELEC-IRSEEM en est le chef de file.

ESIGELEC-IRSEEM
INSA Rennes
Université de Picardie Jules Verne
Pôle Saint Hélier
CHU - Hôpitaux de Rouen
Réseau Breizh PC
Ergovie
Pôle TES
University of Kent
University College of London
East Kent Hospitals Univ NHS Found. Trust
Health and Europe Centre
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Canterbury Christ Church University
Kent Surrey Sussex Academc Health Science Network
Cornwall Mobility Center