FreeWheels 2016

Inria-0242-182In 2015, several individuals decided to join their efforts and expertise (engineering, physiotherapy, medicine) in order to develop a first functional electrical stimulation (FES) assisted trike adapted to paraplegic people associated to a training program. In October 2016 they participated to the first Cybathlon. Freewheels 2016 has been a great human adventure supported by Inria, the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics and CRF COS Divio (Dijon).



© Inria / Photo C. Morel

Cybathlon 2016, was a championship for racing pilots with disabilities using advanced assistive devices  organized in Zurich: the Cybathlon ( Our team participated to the FES-cycling discipline. Using a wireless electrical stimulator in combination with position sensors located on the bike pedals, the pilot was able to propel the trike.

The team was composed as follows:

photo 1-1Jérôme Parent –  Handbiker (Dijon, France)
FES-trike pilot, training for one year for the cybathlon competition

tinaid-150x150Christine Azevedo CosteInria research scientist (Montpellier, France)
Leader of Freewheels project.
Member of EMA team.


144_144 Benoît SijobertInria engineer PhD candidate (Montpellier, France)
Responsible of the technical integration of the freewheels system.
Software and research development.
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photo_69Charles Fattal – Medical doctor COS DIVIO rehabilitation center (Dijon, France)
Responsible for the clinical protocol, pilot training and follow up
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Photo Anne DaubigneyAnne Daubigney – Physiotherapist at COS DIVIO rehabilitation center (Dijon, France)
Pilot training and follow up
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© Inria / Photo C. Morel

Inria-0242-147FreeWheels 2016 team was supported by several very important partners.
Their participation into the project includes, financial support, equipment lending, technical advising.


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Indoor and outdoor FES-bikes commercialization.
One BerkelBike bike was lent to us for the training of our pilot.

Technical expertise in instrumenting cycles.
One pair of power pedals were lent to us for the optimization of our activation patterns.

Technical support on trike adaptation.
Excellent advices were provide to us.

EMA - Assinatura Principal [PNG] - Transparente

Close scientific collaboration with EMA team also presenting one pilot to Cybathlon.

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Body Area networks, inertial sensors technology.
Inertial FOX sensors were lent to us for the tracking of our pilot performances.

Neuroglia foundation financially supports freewheels project.

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