Full-Day Workshop on Neuro-Robotics for Patient-Specific Rehabilitation, July 18 2014, IAS-13 Conference, www.ias-13.org

The submission deadline for contributions has been extended to June 1.

Advances in neuro-rehabilitation robotics are enabling novel treatments and possibilities of recovery for individuals who suffered from loss of motor abilities. However, major challenges still remain in the field including: the current inability of personalizing the robotic device and treatment to the specific patient’s anatomy and disability, and the current inability of developing wearable robotic devices that can support the patient throughout balanced and unconstrained locomotion tasks.

These challenges can be addressed if 1) the discrepancy between the patient-specific anatomy and the robotics structure are minimized and if 2) a strong interface is established between the robot and the patient’s neuromuscular system. This will enable the robotic device become a natural extension of the patient’s impaired limbs.

This workshop will provide insights on these problems and challenges with perspectives from engineers and medical doctors. It will present novel methods for assessing the neural drive to muscles and predicting the resulting mechanical output in the human musculoskeletal system. It will discuss methods to predict how subjects interact with wearable assistive devices such as prostheses and orthoses and discuss methodologies for establishing strong, intuitive, and patient-specific human-machine interfaces.

Workshop Organizers:

  • Dr Massimo Sartori (University Medical Center Goettingen, Germany)
  • Prof. Dario Farina (University Medical Center Goettingen, Germany)
  • Prof. Enrico Pagello (University of Padova, Italy)

 Invited Speakers:

  • Dr Thierry Keller (Rehabilitation Department, Tecnalia, Spain)
  • Dr Manish Sreenivasa (Optimization in Robotics & Biomechanics, University of Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Dr Juan Moreno (Bioengineering Group, CSIC, Madrid, Spain)
  • Dr Marco Molinari (Experimental Neurorehabilitation Lab, Foundation Santa Lucia, Rome, Italy)
  • Dr Andrea Turolla (Department of Neurorehabilitation, IRCCS San Camillo Hospital, Venice, Italy.)
  • Prof. Dario Farina (Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, University Medical Center Goettingen, Germany)
  • Dr Massimo Sartori (Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, University Medical Center Goettingen, Germany)

Call for Papers:

You are invited to submit a short paper for consideration. All accepted papers will be presented in the workshop poster session, will be included in the workshop proceedings with an ISBN number, and distributed on-site through CD-ROM or USB Key.

Papers must be no more than 4 pages (including all figures, tables, and references) and must be prepared according the following guidelines:

Submissions must be generated using the Springer templates:

Papers must be written in English and submitted to the EasyChair portal by June 1. Accepted, revised manuscripts should be submitted by June 15. Please click here to submit a contribution.

Important Dates:

  • Manuscript submission deadline (extended): June 1.
  • Notification of manuscript acceptance: June 9.
  • Final manuscript submission: June 15.
  • Workshop at IAS-13: July 18.

More Information:

  • Venue: the workshop will be held in the "Sala Parco 2" room at the Centro Congressi Padova
  • Date: July 18, 2014
  • Workshop ID: WFr5
  • Registration: please register here.
  • Participants who only registered to this workshop, are cordially welcomed to also attend the plenary talk of Prof. Eugenio Guglielmelli, even if they have not paid the registration for the main IAS-13 Conference. Prof. Guglielmelli's talk is scheduled from 9.00am to 10.00am in the same room where the workshop will take place.