Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung Projekt FERR





Projekt FERR

Forum for European Rehabilitation Robotics - Workshop and Exhibition

Short Description

On 28.-30.05.1995, 35 experts from 9 countries met at FTB. The "Forum for European Rehabilitation Robotics" gave an overview of the fields of rehabilitation robotics in Europe, especially the already available manipulation aids. A main topic was the question how potential users could get used to these new and strange systems. The participants discussed about the benefits and limits of such applications. So far, these technical aids have been applied only in few cases and therefore are still quite expensive.

Topics of the four working groups:

  • The market for rehabilitation robots
  • Training of users and rehabilitation personnel
  • Standards and security
  • User needs

Potential users and their carers from the rehabilitation centre Evangelische Stiftung Volmarstein (ESV) made valuable contributions to the workshop on all three days.

The participants were impressed by the various departments of ESV during a visit of the rehabilitation centre.

Following the workshop, there was an exhibition open to the public. For the first time, all rehabilitation robots were presented which are available in Europe. About 500 visitors were keen to experience the various products and prototypes.

Contact persons at FTB

  • Dr.-Ing. Helmut Heck (head of FTB development centre)
  • Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Schmitz (head of FTB information centre)



  • Armstrong Projects Ltd., UK
  • IRV Institute for Rehabilitation Research, Netherlands
  • SINTEF Senter for Industriforskning, Norway


  • Proceedings of the 1st Forum for European Rehabilitation Robotics (FERR) - Workshop and Exhibition,
    May 28.-30, 5.1995, Wetter/Ruhr, Germany;
    Edition for the European Commission and the participants.


  • 28.-30.5.1995 at FTB, Wetter (main event)
  • 12.10.1995 at Lisbon, Portugal (follow-up meeting)

Project Data

Funding: by the European Commission, Directorate-General XIII.

Last Updated at Tuesday, 21 June 2016