Distributed Sensing and Stimulation Systems for Sense of Touch Restoration in Prosthetics

Hoda Fares, Lucia Seminara, Ali Ibrahim, Marta Franceschi, Luigi Pinna, Maurizio Valle, Strahinja Dosen, Dario Farina

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Modern prostheses aim at restoring the functional and aesthetic characteristics of the lost limb. To foster prosthesis embodiment and functionality, it is necessary to re-establish both volitional control and sensory feedback. Contemporary feedback interfaces presented in research use few sensors and stimulation units to feedback at most two discrete feedback variables (e.g., grasping force and aperture), whereas the human sense of touch relies on a distributed network of mechanoreceptors providing high-fidelity spatial information. To provide this type of feedback in prosthetics, it is necessary to sense tactile information from artificial skin placed on the prosthesis and transmit tactile feedback above the amputation in order to map the interaction between the prosthesis and the environment. This paper will provide a perspective on the use of distributed sensing and electrical stimulation systems for the restoration of the sense of touch in prosthetics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 1st New Generation of CAS, NGCAS 2017
Number of pages4
Publication date26 Sep 2017
Article number8052298
ISBN (Electronic)9781509064472
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2017
Event1st New Generation of CAS, NGCAS 2017 - Genova, Italy
Duration: 6 Sep 20179 Sep 2017


Conference1st New Generation of CAS, NGCAS 2017


  • Distributed sensing
  • Distributed stimulation
  • Embedded electronics
  • Prosthetic hands
  • Somatosensory feedback


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