INOPRO - Clinic for Trauma Surgery, Orthopaedics and Plastic Surgery

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Clinic for Trauma Surgery, Orthopaedics and
Plastic Surgery



Grant agreement no.: 16SV7655K

Grant Scheme: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF

Project full title: Intelligent orthotics and prosthetics for an improved human-technology interaction

Project acronym: INOPRO

Duration of the project: 60 months

Start date of the project: 01.10.2016

Project partners: Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Fachhochschule Lübeck, CorTec GmbH, Makea Industries GmbH, Eckerle Industrie-Elektronik GmbH, Plettenberg Elektromotoren GmbH & Co. KG, Sanitätshaus Bielefeld GmbH




Persons with amputations or other motor impairments require prostheses or orthoses to replace their lost motor functions. Despite considerable advances in this medical field, often even the current best orthopaedic technology aids are an insufficient replacement. The elderly and the physically weak must still be able to rely on their aids.


Goals and Approach

For prostheses and orthoses to be particularly effective, they must be small, light, low-noise, energy-saving, and efficient nonetheless. They must adapt well to the body, allow for intuitive use and compensate the motor deficit optimally. Only if these requirements are met, will they achieve a high degree of user acceptance. The support offered by the aid must adapt synergistically to the person’s musculoskeletal system and motor functions. The combination of all of these features is a considerable technical challenge, which shall be addressed within the innovation cluster through an interdisciplinary approach. To do so, leading researchers and developers in the fields of orthopaedic technology, biomechanics, robotics, mechatronics, and invasive human-machine interfaces are all brought together.


INNOVATIONs and Perspectives

The project INOPRO combines innovation potentials in Germany and puts them into practise. The resulting intelligent prostheses and orthoses for the upper and lower extremities will significantly improve the quality of life of many people.


More information (german)

Zuwendungsbescheide der Verbundpartner INOPRO (PDF)