European Project


AiBle - Interreg V France-Manche

This Interreg project aims to develop a new generation of upper limb exoskeleton robots that will benefit stroke patients by providing advanced functionalities that will enable remote but active rehabilitation. This will be achieved through the integration of artificial intelligence, virtual reality and cloud computing.


AiBle exoskeleton

Within the framework of this project, CEA LIST, in close collaboration with the industrial partner BA Healthcare, will work mainly on the design, control, integration, and industrial transfer of the new AiBle exoskeleton, with the main objectives of:

  • taking into account the functional specifications of the therapists, as well as the industrial constraints,
  • to preserve the essential properties of ABLE7D (in particular the transparency and the bypass of the shoulder which allows compactness, and thus facilitates transport and installation),
  • to improve the use (comfort, clothing and morphological adaptation),
  • to reduce the costs (50% of the cost of the electronics and mechanics)

In addition, the project will introduce new sensors to recognize the motion intention of post-stroke patients. The signals collected from the patients will be sent to a cloud-based data processing center where the database, centralized with AI services, will be accessible by all functional units. This will guide the robot’s movements, monitor the patient’s progress, and can be used to provide remote expert assistance. The project will have a Virtual Reality interface to perform exercises related to activities of daily living that will be tested on stroke patients and can be used in addition to the usual treatment to increase the intensity of treatment for better recovery.

Start date: 30th of June 2020
End date: 30th of June 2023
Total project budget: 4 875 140.81€
Total FEDER subvention: 3 333 849.82 €


University of Portsmouth (UK, Leader), Université de Picardie Jules Verne (France), CEA-List (France), Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Brest (France), Bournemouth University (UK), Hobbs Rehabilitation (UK), CC Initiative Ltd (UK), BA Healthcare (France), SEHTA (UK)


  • Franck Geffard
    Interactive Robotics Unit