The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) - with headquarters in Kaiserslautern, additional institutes in Saarbrücken and Bremen and a project office in Berlin - is Germany's leading research institute in innovative software technologies with close industrial ties. The DFKI is also considered one of the major centers of excellence worldwide in the race to turn cutting-edge developments into practical commercial applications. Its projects span all stages of the development chain - from application-focused ground research right through to creating new product functions for the market and specific customers. At CEBIT 2018 alone, the DFKI is showcasing 16 current projects including the Recupera REHA project in progress at its Bremen branch.
Recupera REHA is an innovative mobile full-body exoskeleton designed as the basis for an independent subsystem for robot-supported rehabilitation of neurological diseases. The self-powered and -supporting exoskeleton can perform almost the entire spectrum of human movements. To achieve this, the DFKI in Bremen combined new methods in actuation, control technology and lightweight engineering with a new online system for evaluating biosignals. Close collaboration with its partner organization rehaworks was key to successfully evaluating the potential medical use for this subsystem as a rehabilitation aid for stroke patients.