Thesis Project Form

Title (tentative): Motor control strategies in haptic dyads

Thesis advisor(s): Casadio Maura, Morasso Pietro, Jacopo Zenzeri (IIT -, Phone: +39 010 71781 464) E-mail:
Address: Via Opera Pia 13, 16145 Genova (ITALY) Phone: (+39) 010 33 52749

Motivation and application domain
There is a growing interest in studying physical coupling between humans and machines in order to exploit the power of the haptic communication channel.

General objectives and main activities
The goal is to investigate how mutual haptic interaction in a dyad shapes the learning of a novel skill. In particular, the general objectives and activities are:
1. To create a task on a dyadic robot to study motor learning and cooperation between subjects
2. To test how human subjects learn the task. Kinematic and force data will be recorded.
3. Analyze the data to infer general motor control strategies.

Training Objectives (technical/analytical tools, experimental methodologies)
The things that I will learn:
1. Theoretical basis of motor learning and robot control
2. Design and implementation of experimental protocols
3. Working and testing with human subjects
4. Data analysis and statistical testing

Place(s) where the thesis work will be carried out: Motor Learning, Assistive an Rehabilitation Robotics Lab, RBCS Dept, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Additional information

Pre-requisite abilities/skills: Knowledge of Matlab/Simulink

Maximum number of students: 2

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