EVO-MTI - Environment for the Development of Physical Support Systems

The EVO-MIT project is concerned with the development of a digital environment for the design, evaluation and optimisation of human-machine systems.
Physical support systems, specifically exoskeletons, are used for this purpose. In the project, relevant basics and methods for human activities and physiological requirements will be developed. The development of technical functionalities is made possible, among other things, by means of robot-supported application mock-ups.

The iRP has multiple roles and responsibilities in this project. Particularly in setting up robotic test framework (software, control and hardware), in conducting user studies to assess the test-beds, and in quantifying and qualifying the results by focusing on human factors. For this purpose, after a requirement analysis phase, we will use one of our robots to mimic user interaction with an exoskeleton. This procedure enables the simulation of human behaviour in realistic, repeatable and systematic test scenarios without extensive user studies. For this purpose, the behaviour of the users will first be measured and then transferred to the movement possibilities of the robot. A systematic generalisation and variation of the movements is made possible by means of machine learning.

As one of multiple transdisciplinary teams, iRP supports the scientific and technical implementations. Particularly, we support the project with our expertise in robot control and software development, machine learning, motion generation and human factors.

The consortium is led by Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Weidner from Helmut-Schmidt-Univerity in Hamburg. From iRP side it is led by Prof. Dr. Jochen Steil. Project members are Dr. Pouya Mohammadi, Theresa Wehrle and potentially two ofter candidates.
Project term is: 01.11.2020 – 31.12.2024

For more information, see: HSU EVO-MTI