[robotics-worldwide] DEADLINE REMINDER - IEEE BioRob 2010 Workshop: 'Bridging Human Hand Research and the Development of Robotic Technology for Hands'

Veronica Santos veronica.santos at asu.edu
Sun Jul 4 16:07:19 PDT 2010

                 IEEE BIOROB 2010 WORKSHOP (Full-day)
                   'Bridging Human Hand Research and the
              Development of Robotic Technology for Hands'

                        Sept. 26, 2010 from 10am - 5pm
                                         Tokyo, Japan


Robotic devices that imitate or interact with human hands are being
developed for a wide range of applications, including prosthetics, haptic
interactions and autonomous grasping and manipulation.  The amazing
capabilities of the human hand result from its intricate biomechanical and
sensory structures, and from sophisticated neuromuscular control schemes.
Although modern artificial hand structures are becoming anthropomorphic, the
capabilities and control schemes for these structures are quite different
from those of the human hand.

The goals of this workshop are i) to distill the current state of knowledge
of hand biomechanics, sensory capabilities and neuromuscular control; ii) to
analyze how this knowledge can be used to improve the design and control of
devices that are worn by, interact with, or imitate the human hand; and iii)
to enable lively discussions on the design and control of robotic technology
for the hand.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:
-  Models of hand biomechanics
-  Sensory inputs (proprioceptive and exteroceptive)
-  Neuromuscular control
-  Mathematical methods to model grasping and manipulation
-  Artificial control schemes for grasping and manipulation
-  Robotic hand devices for therapy, prosthetics, haptic interaction, and
autonomous manipulation

The workshop is intended to facilitate productive interactions between
researchers from a variety of fields and will include technical
presentations by established researchers and a poster session.  Accepted
abstracts will be published as part of the workshop proceedings and will be
assigned to podium or poster presentations according to scheduling
constraints.  At least one author on each accepted abstract is expected to
attend the workshop and present results in person.

LIST OF SPEAKERS (tentative):
Dr. Maria Chiara Carrozza (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy)
Dr. Mark R. Cutkosky (Stanford University, USA)
Dr. Hiroshi Kaminaga (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Dr. Haruhisa Kawasaki (Gifu University, Japan)
Dr. Yoky Matsuoka (University of Washington, USA)
Dr. Claudio Melchiorri (University of Bologna, Italy)
Dr. Marco Santello (Arizona State University, USA)
Dr. Anthony Tzes (University of Patras, Greece)
Dr. Francisco J. Valero-Cuevas (University of Southern California, USA)

Extended abstracts (1-2 pages) should be submitted via e-mail to
BioRob2010.HandWorkshop at gmail.com by JULY 7, 2010 (11:59, PST) with the
subject heading of 'BIOROB 2010 Workshop Submission.'  The abstract template
available at the workshop website should be used for abstract preparation.

Workshop details will be updated regularly at
Details on the 3rd IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical
Robotics and Biomechatronics (BIOROB) can be found at

July 7, 2010:  Abstract submission deadline (11:59pm, PST)
July 26, 2010:  Notification of acceptance/rejection
August 9, 2010:  Workshop registration deadline
Sept. 26, 2010:  Workshop

Veronica J. Santos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Graduate Faculty of Bioengineering
Director of the ASU Biomechatronics Laboratory
Arizona State University
Veronica.Santos at asu.edu

Ashish Deshpande
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of the ReNeu Robotics Lab
University of Maine
Ashish.Deshpande at maine.edu

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