The Human Robot Interaction (HRI) group investigates theories and systems to design new man-machine devices that properly reflect human-centered design requirements. In particular this group develop robotic devices that cooperate with human in a safe and intuitive way during the interaction in virtual environments. The group has solid background in mechanical design, robot design, FEM analysis and control of mechanical systems with specific reference to industrial and medical fields. The group has a consolidated expertise in psycophysics 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. One of the most innovative research lines is the development of miniaturized haptic interfaces, portable and wearable. In such a field PERCRO has a consolidated heritage of patents and high level international pubblications that document and describe the features of the numerous devices developed.
The HRI group develops new clinical robotic and virtual environment systems for the motor neuro-rehabilitation in patient having central or peripheral neurological pathologies, such as strokes and/or childhood paralises. The use of robots in this field allows achieving an intense clinical treatment, having good repeteability, interactive and well focused on the rehabilitation motion required.