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Join Hobbs at our latest WEBINAR on 29th JUNE for the 3 year EU Interreg AiBle Project:


The AiBle Project

Hobbs Rehabilitation is a partner alongside the Lead Partner University of Portsmouth and the other 8 partners, SEHTA, University of Picardie Jules Verne, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, University Hospital of Brest, Bournemouth University, CC Initiative Ltd & BA Healthcare, announce that we are part of a new INTERREG project to support the improvement of the recovery experience of stroke patients in South of England and Northern France.

AiBle is a 3-year UK/France cross-border EU Interreg project to improve the recovery experience of stroke patients with better treatment effects and efficiency by developing an upper-limb rehabilitation exoskeleton robot based on AI and cloud computing.

The total amount of EU Financial Funding received is: €4,875,139.99 of which €3,333,849.26 has been co-financed by the European Regional Development Funds 

Hobbs Rehabilitation est partenaire aux côtés du Chef de file de l'Université de Portsmouth et des 8 autres partenaires, SEHTA, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Commission française des énergies alternatives et de l'énergie atomique, Hôpital universitaire de Brest, Université de Bournemouth, CC Initiative Ltd & BA Healthcare que nous font partie d'un nouveau projet INTERREG pour soutenir l'amélioration de l'expérience de récupération des patients victimes d'un AVC dans le sud de l'Angleterre et le nord de la France.

AiBle est un projet européen Interreg transfrontalier de 3 ans entre le Royaume-Uni et la France visant à améliorer l’expérience de rééducation des patients victimes d’un AVC avec des meilleurs traitements et une meilleure efficacité en développant un robot de type exosquelette de rééducation des membres supérieurs basé sur l’IA et le Cloud Computing. 

Le montant total du financement financier de l'UE reçu est de: 4,875 139,99 € dont 3,333 849,26 € cofinancés par le Fonds européen de développement régional.


This project aims to develop a new generation of exoskeleton robot that will benefit stroke patients by providing advanced functionality that will enable remote but active rehabilitation. This will be achieved by the integration of artificial intelligence, virtual reality and cloud computing. The project will introduce novel sensors to recognise post-stroke patients’ motion intention. The signals collected from the patients will be sent to a cloud-based data processing centre where the centralised database based on AI service will be accessed by all functional units. 

This will guide the robot movements, monitor the patient’s progress and can be used to provide expert assistance remotely. The project will have a virtual reality interface for performing activities of daily living which will be trialled on stroke patients and can be used in addition to conventional therapy to increase treatment intensity for improved recovery.


The focus is to provide more engaging rehabilitation with a new generation of upper limb exoskeleton to improve efficiency and provide additional intervention that has the potential to improve outcomes and independence. The objective is to benefit post-stroke patients through intensive training of activities of daily living, with the goal of reducing long term dependency and improving the cost-efficiency of treatment.

The project aims to:

  • help stroke patients to benefit from remote and active rehabilitation
  • increase the intensity and repetitions through the use of the robot which will lead to improved upper limb outcomes
  • contribute to the wellbeing of stroke patients and social care in the Channel region
  • increase the delivery and uptake of novel robot-enhanced rehabilitation for stroke patients in hospitals and rehabilitation centres

Hobbs' role is provide the clinical testing and trialling in collaboration with the French team at the Brest University Hospital Centre. We are excited to work in this important role and it is an opportunity for us to bring our own patients to the trial and enable them to use the prototype technology as well as providing much needed data. Here we are seen collecting the EMG data needed from one of 30 patients.

We are providing the clinical relevance to the cloud engineering team so that we have the relevant data which will mean that the robot is a meaningful rehabilitation tool.  We also are working with the engineers building the robot to advise on patient specificity; positioning, stability, weight of a typical arm affected by stroke etc. 

Because we have a lot of experience working with a vast array of neurotechnology and many devices across a number of years, we are able to add unrivalled value to the project. Our depth and breadth of knowledge as clinicians working with patients using VR games as part of their rehabilitation also enables us to inform the project with real examples and feedback from clinicians and patients which will help in the design of the games themselves, bringing functional relevance and ensuring the games are meaningful and engaging to patients.

More information here and please visit the dedicated website for more.

EU Interreg AiBle Human-Robot Interaction for Rehabilitation Webinar

Join Hobbs Rehabilitation and our partners for the latest EU Interreg AiBle project webinar on Human-Robot Interaction for Rehabilitation. REGISTER HERE

The workshop's objective is for delegates to listen to range of presentations from our International speakers from UK, China & Italy and to create a discussion platform on intersections between the fields of rehabilitation, robotics, and human-computer/robot interaction.

Date: Tuesday 29th June 2021

Times: 09:00 – 12:20 (BST)

Cost: Free of charge

Webinar platform:  Zoom

Meeting ID: 890 2266 3835

Passcode: 317673


UK Time

FR Time

Webinar Programme  

Programme de webinaires  

09:00 – 09:10

10:00 – 10:10


Welcome and Introduction to AiBle

Zhaojie Ju, University of Portsmouth (UK)


Accueil et Introduction à AiBle

Zhaojie Ju, University of Portsmouth, (UK)

09:10 – 09:55

10:10 - 10:55

Design and Control of Wearable Robot and Unmanned System 

Prof Zhijun Li, Uni. of Sci. & Tech. of China (China) & Dr Hang Su, Politecnico di Milano, (Italy)


Conception et contrôle d'un robot portable et d'un système sans pilote

Prof Zhijun Li, Univ. of Sci. & Tech. of China, (China)& Dr Hang Su Politecnico di Milano, (Italy)

09:55 – 10:40

10:55 – 11:40

Non-invasive versus Invasive Brain-Computer Interfaces

Dr Dingguo Zhang, Bath University, (UK)


Interfaces cerveau-ordinateur non invasives et invasives

Dr Dingguo Zhang, Bath University (UK)

10:40 – 10:50

11:40 – 11:50

Screen Break




10:50 – 11:35

11:50 – 12:35


Motor intention decoding from sEMG for natural human-robot 


Prof. Qin Zhang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, (China)


Décodage de l'intention motrice à partir du sEMG pour l'interaction naturelle

Prof. Qin Zhang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, (China)


11:35 – 12:20

12:35 – 13:20

Assessment of Fatigue in Robot-Mediated Upper Limb Interactions Using EEG

Dr Udeshika Dissanayake, University of Portsmouth, (UK)


Évaluation de la fatigue dans les interactions entre robots et membres supérieurs à l'aide de l'EEG

Dr Udeshika Dissanayake, University of Portsmouth, (UK)

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Partners contact details

Lead Partner: University of Portsmouth

Contact: Zhaojie Ju

Email: zhaojie.ju@port.ac.uk

 French Partners

Partner: University of Picardie Jules Verne

Contact: Yulin Zhang

Email: yulin.zhang@u-picardie.fr

Partner: French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission

Contact: Franck Geffard

Email: franck.geffard@cea.fr

Partner: University of Brest

Contact: Olivier Remy-Neris

Email: olivier.remy-neris@univ-brest.fr

Partner: BA Healthcare

Contact: Samuel Pinault

Email: samuel.pinault@alstefgroup.com

 UK Partners

Partner: Bournemouth University

Contact: Venky Dubey

Email: vdubey@bmth.ac.uk

Partner: Hobbs Rehabilitation

Contact: Helen Hobbs

Email: helen@hobbsrehabilitation.co.uk

Partner: CC Initative Ltd

Contact: Grace Kumenda Phiri

Email: grace.kphiri@cc-initative.com

Partner: SEHTA

Contact: Eddie Tan

Email: eddie.tan@sehta.co.uk


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