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May 10, 2009

Trip to France

Last week I flew to Paris to give a presentation at the College de France, which is an old premier research institution right next to the Sorbonne, the famous and first university of Paris.

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The front entrance of the College de France. It was founded in 1530.
http://www.college-de-france.fr/default/EN/all/college/index.htm

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The Sorbonne University is the directly adjacent to the College.

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This is my new car to get me around. A bit futuristic but it drives.

At the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

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Silke and Till visiting me at the IIT during spring break.

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The "braccio di ferro" (the iron arm). With this robot manipulandum we perform our current experiments. The robot can create virtual force fields, as if you are touching an object that you cannot see. It allows us to examine haptic sensitivity. That is, how fine can humans sense differences in the shape of objects that they feel with their hands but do not see. Two weeks ago we began to examine the first patients with Parkinson's disease.

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Lorenzo and Valentina - the god and goddess of the braccio di ferro.