European study of research and development in mobility technology for persons with disabilities
1 University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
2 GARDE Program Director, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, USA
3 Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Lausanne (Switzerland) - Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna, Pisa, Italy
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2012, 9:23 doi:10.1186/1743-0003-9-23Published: 20 April 2012
In the fall of 2010, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Veteran's Administration jointly supported a review of mobility technology in Europe. A delegation of American Scientists traveled to Europe to visit a number of research centers and engaged in a demonstration and dialogue related to the global state-of-the-art for mobility impairment rectification and augmentation. From the observations and exchanges between the U.S. delegation and host institutions, the researchers were able to derive a series of papers which are now published in this thematic series of Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. The papers describe the main themes of the European mobility technology research activities showing a healthy picture of research and innovation in the field.