Overview of the original BETTER project

Cerebral vascular accident (CVA, Stroke) is the third cause of death in Western society. About 4.7 million stroke survivors are alive today. Impaired walking ability contributes to post-stroke walking disability. Walking incorrectly creates a stigma and makes patients more susceptible to injury, affecting their quality of life. Currently, most promising interventions to restore walking function are based on robotic systems that intend to restore function by focusing on actions at periphery of the body (a BOTTOM-UP approach). It is not clear how effective these treatments are and a major problem is patient's non-compliance. 

The principal goals of the BETTER project (FP7-ICT-2009-4, Contract no. 247935) are:

For more information about the BETTER project please visit the main BETTER homepage!

Overview of the BETTER-EEU extension

The BETTER–EEU project aims to extend the above BNCI system with the video-based system and advanced graphical feedback to the patient in order to:
The results of BETTER-EEU project are expected to contribute to the practical spread of BNCI-based technologies, both directly (in stroke rehabilitation) and indirectly by showing the way to a robust and cost-affordable assessment of user compliance and motivation.


Project details:

Planned activities

The UM team is responsible for four workpackages (WP), three milestones and two final deliverables:

The University of Maribor (UM) team

Project partners

CSICConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
Madrid, Spain
José L. Pons (Project Coordinator)
Juan C. Moreno (Scientific Coordinator)
IBVInstituto de Biomecánica de Valencia
Valencia, Spain
UMG Universitaetsmedizin Goettingen, Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen
Goettingen, Germany
TUG Graz University of Technology
Graz, Austria
GTECGuger Technologies OEG
Graz, Austria
FSL Fondazione Santa Lucia
Rome, Italy
OSSUR Össur hf
Reykjiavik, Iceland
EKU Eberhard-Karls-Universitat
Tübingen, Germany
TECHNAID Technaid S.L.
Madrid, Spain