Module 1 - Components for wearable and collaborative robots:
Ozyegin University (OzU) is leading the design of the first module "Components for wearable and collaborative robots". This module will be focused on giving the birds’ eye view on wearable and collaborative robot design in general for both industrial and medical applications, introducing a design framework that will be used along the course and then presenting material related to hardware and software components. The module will present students with the different available tools, concepts and research findings that will support their designs. This will be achieved in two distinct ways: by exposing students to real-life issues that need to be solved; and by guiding students to learn how to conduct their own research, data collection and interpretation, come up with solutions.
Participating Institutes: OzU (leading), FORD, KU (involved), ITMO (involved), UT
Module 2 - Modeling, Control and Design of Wearable and Collaborative Robots as Systems:
ITMO University (ITMO) is leading the design of the second module "Modeling, control, and design of wearable and collaborative robots as systems". This module will be structured around modeling and control of wearable and collaborative robots as complete systems. It aims to develop knowledge in both conceptual and practical aspects of wearable and collaborative robotics. It will require students to experiment with research methods in various settings, which are intended to enable students to think beyond their subject specialism and to develop collaborative skills. This will allow them space to conceptualize their ideas and to consider possible design solutions.
Participating Institutes: ITMO (leading), OzU (involved), FORD, KU (involved), UT
Module 3 - HRI for wearable and collaborative robots:
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU) is leading the design of the third module "HRI for wearable and collaborative robots". This module of the WeCoRD course will be structured around different ways to guarantee safe physical human-robot interaction (pHRI) for wearable and collaborative robots. It starts with an introduction to the pHRI to answer the question of how to design wearable and collaborative technologies of the future, which can work seamlessly and efficiently in unpredictable and dynamically changing environments. Then the students will learn and discuss the methods and tools which make one technology safer than the other; how the safety parameters are related to what we know about human physiology and ergonomics. Lastly, the students will work on the design of safe pHRI.
Participating Institutes: KU (leading), OzU (involved), FORD, ITMO (involved), UT.
Module 4 - WeCoRD for Medical Applications:
University of Twente (UT) is leading the design of module 4: “WeCoRD for Medical Applications”. The goal of this module is to develop a 2 ECTS Master’s level course for students enrolled in medical studies across the Erasmus+ Program Countries. This module will be specifically designed to make biomechatronics accessible to medical students as future users of wearable and/or collaborative robots. Experts from both the developers’ and users’ sides will be involved to enrich and balance the module content. The module will focus on the use and application of wearable and collaborative robotics in the medical field. It will inform medical students about the growing demand for robotics in (neuro) physiological research, and it promotes robotics to potential users in medical fields. This way, medical students will also be able to explore and discover alternative career paths.
Participating Institutes: UT (leading), OzU (involved), FORD, KU (involved), ITMO (involved)