Myki Project

MYKI is a research project funded by the European Research Council awarded to Christian Cipriani through the ERC Starting Grant 2015 funding scheme. Notably, this was the first ERC grant awarded to Scuola Sant'Anna as the Host Institution.
In line with the mission of the Artificial Hands Area (AHA) the project aims to develop and clinically evaluate a dexterous hand prosthesis with tactile sensors that is naturally controlled and perceived by the amputee. In MYKI, this goal will be targeted by overcoming the conventional approaches based on recording electrical signals from the peripheral nervous system (nerves or skeletal muscles). Indeed we will develop a radically new human-machine interface based on magnetic field principles, both able to decode voluntary motor commands and to convey sensory feedback to the amputee.
The core of this system is a multitude of magnets implanted in independent muscles and external magnetic readers/drivers able to (i) continuously localize the movements of the magnets and, at specific times, (ii) induce subtle movements in specific magnets. In fact, as a magnet is implanted it will travel with the muscle it is located in, and its localization will provide a direct measure of the contraction/elongation of that muscle, which is voluntarily controlled by the central nervous system. This is a new approach proposed and investigated for the first time within MYKI. The new human-machine interface will be assessed by one selected amputee, which will receive a temporary implant in Italy. The AHA is thus looking for a local clinical partner to play a role in this exciting project! 
Details and the current status of the project are available on the MYKI website.


GRANT NO.:  679820
PERIOD:  2016-2020 (60 MONTHS)
FUNDING:  1.5 M€





  • M. Gherardini, F. Masiero, S. Milici, F. Clemente, & c. Cipriani (2020, July), The myokinetic control interface: how many magnets can be implanted in an amputated forearm? Evidences from a simulated environment. In MEC Symposium Conference;

  • V. Ianniciello, M. Gherardini, F. Clemente, & C. Cipriani (2020, July), Myokinetic prosthesis control oriented environmental magnetic disturb analysis. In MEC Symposium Conference;

  • J. Montero, M. Gherardini, F. Clemente, & C. Cipriani (2020, May), Comparison of online algorithms for the tracking of multiple magnetic targets in a myokinetic control interfaceIn 2020 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (pp. 2770-2776). IEEE;

  • T. A. Lenssen, L. Cappello, D. H. Plettenburg, C. Cipriani, and M. Controzzi, Principal orientations of the wrist during ADLs: Towards the design of a synergetic wrist prosthesis, in International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation, 2018, vol. 21, pp. 339–343, doi: 10.1007/978-3- 030-01845-0_68;

  • L. F. Engels, L. Cappello, & C. Cipriani (2018, August), Digital Extensions with Bi-axial Fingertip Sensors for Supplementary Tactile Feedback Studies, In 2018 7th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (Biorob) (pp. 1199-1204). IEEE;

  • I. J. R. Martinez, F. Clemente, G. Kanitz, A. Mannini, A.M. Sabatini, & C. Cipriani (2018, August). Grasp Force Estimation from HD-EMG Recordings with Channel Selection Using Elastic Nets: Preliminary Study, In 2018 7th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (Biorob) (pp. 25-30). IEEE;

  • S. Tarantino, F. Clemente, D. Barone, M. Controzzi, C. Cipriani, The MYKI interface: implanted magnets tracking as a novel method for prosthetic hands control, In Proc. of the Myoelectric Control/Powered Prosthetics Symposium, Fredericton, NB, Canada, Aug. 15-18, 2017;
  • S. Tarantino, F. Clemente, D. Barone, M. Controzzi, C. Cipriani, A myokinetic HMI for the control of hand prostheses: a feasibility studyInternational Conference on NeuroRehabilitation, Segovia, Spain, October 19-22, 2016;