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Proyecto de I+D+i:
BenchBalance: BenchBalance: a device to apply well defined perturbations for benchmarking balance capabilities of wearable robots
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Proyecto que recibe financiación en cascada del proyecto:

The EUROBENCH project aims at creating the first benchmarking framework for robotic systems in Europe. The framework will allow companies and researchers to test the performance of robots at any stage of development. The project will primarily focus on bipedal machines, i.e. exoskeletons, prosthetics and humanoids, but will be designed to be easily extended to other robotic domains.

The EUROBENCH framework will be composed of:

- A methodological component, which will include methods and metrics to calculate the System Ability Levels of a robotic system. These methods will be integrated in a professional software tool to permit its wide use across domains and laboratory conditions. The main goal of this unified software is to facilitate the use of benchmarking methodology at all levels from research to pre-commercial prototyping.
- An experimental component, which will concentrate the state-of-the-art test benches in two facilities, one for wearable robots (including exoskeletons and prostheses), and one for humanoid robots. These facilities will allow companies and researchers to perform standardized tests on advanced robotic prototypes in a unique location, saving resources and time, and preparing for certification processes.
During the project, the Consortium will provide Financial Support to Third Parties interested in:
- Designing and developing specific test benches or benchmarking methods. These solutions will be integrated into the framework, and made available to the industrial and academic community.
- Using the framework, at zero-costs, to test the performance of different kinds of robots. This will allow to validate the EUROBENCH outputs and prepare for the exploitation of results.

The successful achievement of these goals will put Europe in the lead on providing the groundwork for the evaluation of robotic systems, facilitating the process of bringing innovative robotic technologies forward to market.


Proyecto BenchBalance
Is a benchmarking solution proposed to conduct reproducible assessments of balance in various
conditions, mainly focused on wearable robots but also applicable to humanoids. The main goal of this testbed is
to improve the current methods of balance assessment and stabilization capability of wearable exoskeletons
designed for assistance of people with motor disorders. To approach this goal, BenchBalance integrates two key
elements: (1) a portable perturbator equipped with different sensors, which can provide and quantify well-defined
pushes to the human upper body during both, standing and walking conditions; and (2) a position system detector,
which determines the location of the generated disturbance in relation to the human wearing the exoskeleton.

BenchBalance proposes a low-cost system that provides a quantitative assessment related to the reaction and
capacity of wearable exoskeletons to respond to controlled external perturbances. The information of the provided
external force (magnitude, direction and location) will be combined with data from the wearable exoskeleton and
a motion capture system (Mo-Cap) in order to generate an accurate balance assessment. In this assessment we
will relate the provided push to the time needed to correct for the perturbation and the magnitude of the induced
body-sway. BenchBalance is a portable system (low weight, manageable size and battery powered), and thereby,
it is possible to implement the balance assessment in any type of circumstance (inside or outside environments
and static or dynamic conditions). Moreover, the replicability of the system is ensured due to the use of basic
components and 3D-printed materials.


Tipo de proyecto
Proyectos y convenios en convocatorias públicas competitivas
Entidad financiadora
Nacionalidad Entidad
Sin nacionalidad
Tamaño de la entidad
Fecha concesión
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  • Director: Manuel Ferre Perez (UPM)
Grupos de investigación, Departamentos, Centros e Institutos de I+D+i relacionados
  • Creador: No seleccionado
  • Grupo de Investigación: Robots y máquinas inteligentes
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Centro de Automática y Robótica (CAR). Centro Mixto UPM-CSIC
  • Departamento: Automática, Ingeniería Eléctrica y Electrónica e Informática Industrial
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