Sagem teams up with Sant’Anna School of Ad­vanced Stud­ies of Pisa


Sagem (Safran) signed an agree­ment re­cently with Per­cro, the Per­cep­tual Ro­bot­ics Lab­o­ra­tory of the Sant’Anna School of Ad­vanced Stud­ies of Pisa, Italy, to jointly de­velop ex­oskele­ton tech­nolo­gies. An ex­oskele­ton is an in­de­pen­dent electro­mechan­i­cal struc­ture worn by a per­son, ca­pa­ble of mul­ti­ply­ing phys­i­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties to en­hance load car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity, mo­bil­ity and pre­ci­sion. While the ex­oskele­ton is not a new con­cept, it can now take ad­van­tage of ex­cit­ing new tech­nol­ogy break­throughs in dig­i­tal pro­cess­ing, minia­ture sen­sors and con­trol de­vices.

Sagem will be re­spon­si­ble for the phys­i­o­log­i­cal and biome­chan­i­cal eval­u­a­tion of these new ex­oskele­ton sys­tems, while Sant’Anna School of Ad­vanced Stud­ies of Pisa will fo­cus on re­search into con­trol, ap­plied me­chan­ics and mecha­tron­ics. The part­ner­ship will lead to the de­velop- ment and con­struc­tion of pro­to­types for test­ing by about 2017.

Sagem will bring to this part­ner­ship its ex­per­tise in au­ton­o­mous en­ergy man­age­ment, along with plat­form con­trol and sta­bil­i­sa­tion tech­nolo­gies. The project will call on both Euro­pean fund­ing through the Hori­zon 2020 (1) re­search and in­no­va­tion pro­gramme, and in­vest­ments by Safran.

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