How does a three-legged dog move? That question will consume a number of European scientists over the next four years, reports E-Health Europe. The research on canine locomotion and compensation techniques will be used to develop robots that can help animals and humans continue to function when they lose a limb.
The research has received €2.7 million from the Embodied Intelligence Initiative under the information and communication technologies thematic area of the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme.
Researchers at the Fredrich Schiller University of Jena in Germany will look at how dogs are able to move so capably when they lose a limb, writes Sarah Bruce for E-Health Europe.
The work is the result of a wider project being carried out by biologists, physicists and engineers across a number of institutions including the University of Zurich and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne in Switzerland, the University of Syddansk in Denmark, the University of Antwerp in Belgium and the University of Ryerson in Canada.
The initial results of the study were presented at the Society for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting in Prague earlier this month.
Researchers ultimately hope to advance robotics through a multidisciplinary approach that takes into account biology, biomechanics, neuroscience and robotics.