[robotics-worldwide] Call for Participation: ICRA2009 Workshop on Cybernics

Kenji Suzuki kenji at ieee.org
Thu Mar 19 23:49:23 PDT 2009

Call for Participation
3rd International Workshop on Cybernics

Half-day Workshop, 09:00-12:00, May 13, 2009
ICRA2009: International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Kobe, Japan

We wish to announce the ICRA2009 workshop "Cybernics:
fusion of human, machine and information systems", to be
held at the ICRA2009 in Kobe.

This half-day workshop containing research presentations and
open discussions for Cybernics. Cybernics is a new interdisciplinary
field for studying technologies that enhances, strengthens, and
supports physical and cognitive functions of humans. Firstly,
several keynotes are addressed by world-leading professionals
specialized in assistive technology and rehabilitation robotics.
Then, there will be ample discussion slots where participants
can share their opinions with speakers. Furthermore, we plan
to invite an industrial partner, a venture firm, Cyberdyne who
prepares for putting a robot suit HAL into the market.

Scientific Schedule

09:00-09:30  Opening & Special talk
   The grand challenge of Cybernics
   Yoshiyuki Sankai (University of Tsukuba, Japan)

09:30-09:55  Invited Talk I
   Modular robotics in rehabilitation
   Henrik Hautop Lund (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)

09:55-10:20  Invited Talk II
   Structurally embodied intelligence for human-robot interaction
   Dino Accoto and Eugenio Guglielmelli
   (Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Italy)

10:20-10:35  (Coffee Break)

10:35-11:00  Invited Talk III
   Medical robotics in theory and practice
   Stefano Stramigioli (University of Twente, The Netherlands)

11:00-11:25  Industrial session
   Business models for assistive robotics in global market
   Philip J. Wijers (Cyberdyne Europe, The Netherlands)

11:25-12:00  Panel and wrap-up meeting (All presenters and organizers)


One of several important perspectives in Cybernics is the design
of a seamless interface for interaction between the inside and
outside of the human body. Thus the study of human-robot
interaction in diverse aspects such as physical, neuro-physiological,
and cognitive levels is a central theme. We believe that Cybernics
will play a significant role to cope with aging society on
state-of-the-art technologies. However, considering the final goal
to contribute to people and society, we have to get down to wide
range of issues besides technological aspects. Therefore, it is very
important to promote inter-relations between medicine, engineering
and humanity, and thus we incorporate broad expertise such as
ethics, legislation, security and human society.

Intended audience

The workshop is designed to attract scientists and students having
background in robotics or computer science and interests in assistive
technology and rehabilitation robotics, such as wearable or exoskeleton
robots for the purpose of rehabilitation and medical welfare. In addition,
the scope of workshop is also of interest to clinicians or physical
therapists having some experience in assistive technology.

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We look forward to seeing you in Kobe.

Workshop Organizers
Yoshiyuki Sankai, Fumihide Tanaka, and Kenji Suzuki
University of Tsukuba

Kenji Suzuki     kenji at ieee.org
University of Tsukuba, Japan

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