Mission 2, coordinated by Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, aims to provide validated healthcare and personal care robots already available to the Consortium, and specifically adapted to the unmet needs of the target groups, in order to run the clinical trials.

With healthcare robots we refer to those aiding patients with reduced sensorimotor or cognitive functions. Among them we can list: assistive robots restoring lost sensory and motor functions (like thought-controlled prostheses, assistive exoskeletons, manipulators on wheelchairs, etc.) and rehabilitation robots providing robotized physical rehabilitation (end-effectors, rehabilitation exoskeletons, gait trainers, etc.).

With personal care robots we refer to those offering therapy adaptation, monitoring, empowerment, or pre-habilitation treatments to individuals at risk. These include: mobile servants and physical assistants able to support and/or monitor frail individuals and occupational robots for individual exposed to occupational diseases or repetitive stresses. Providing ready-to-assess robots and systems implies:

  • Adapting the available robots in order to address the unmet clinical needs, coping with the evolving needs of patients in various phases of the disease (from acute to chronic) and in different treatment settings (inpatient, outpatient, at home), to guarantee the continuum of care.
  • Adapting available personal care robots that can address the unmet identified occupational needs that exist, in the different treatment settings (from working setting to home-based settings). 
  • Complementing the available healthcare and personal care robots, with advanced digital infrastructure and services in the light of providing modular, dynamically configurable systems, and telecommunication means (telemedicine).

Continuously updating the development of such technologies based on the outputs of the clinical trials. Iterations between Missions 1 and 2 will enable the clinical assessment of improved versions of robots.


Lorenzo Molinari Tosatti
/ Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Nicola Vitiello
/ Scuola Universitaria Superiore Sant’Anna