Common Challenge

According to E. Beckung (Probability of walking in children with cerebral palsy in Europe-2008) 54% of children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) can walk without aids,16% of patients will need assistive devices to walk and 30% are not able to walk at 5 years of age.

This means that 46% of CP patients can possibly benefit from innovative technology like exoskeleton.

Overall Objective

This project, MOTION, addresses two challenges : 

  1. to advance development, validation and adoption of bionic rehabilitation technology for children with neurological disorders to improve quality of life; 
  2. to set up a transregional network to transfer this rehabilitation technology and related knowledge from research to practical application by linking with industry, healthcare professionals and users and to interact with policy makers for the creation of supportive frameworks. 
Centexbel develops smart garment to support children with cerebral palsy

Main outputs

Advanced development and validation of bionic rehabilitation technology for children with neurological disorders, called CP here : 

  • An autonomous and secure lower body exoskeleton for children
  • A Smart-textile, a functional, comfortable, attractive garment that integrates the monitoring sensors suitable for children.This will be usable to all applications where monitoring is needed
  • Statistical analysis of physiological and biomechanical measurements for practitioners and scientific community
  • Base technology to applicable to other lower body disorders such as lower limb paraplegia
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Exoskeletons are very complicated machines. This complexity is mainly due to the fact that they have to interact closely with patients. Therefore a complex mechanical design and complex control algorithms are needed. This also implies that you need experts with various backgrounds ranging from mechanical design and engineers specialized in control algorithms to physiotherapists and movement scientists in order to build and test a successful exoskeleton.

Cross-border approach

It’s quite hard to find all these experts in one country. The 2 Seas area is fortunate in that it houses a complete cluster of experts, competences, and structures:

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Project financing

Project budget : 7 476 119 €

ERDF: 4 431 376 € (59%)

partners motion project

Co-financed by Hermesfonds