[robotics-worldwide] Summer School Neurorehabilitation (NeuroRobots and NeuroProstheses)

Javier Minguez jminguez at unizar.es
Sat Jun 4 01:56:01 PDT 2011

On behalf of the organizers of the 1st International HYPER Summer School we
have the pleasure to invite you to join us at Salamanca (Spain) where will
be hold the conference :

*Emerging technologies for neurorehabilitation.*


Restoring human motor functions has been a fascinating yet frustrating
research area during the last century. The possibility of interfacing the
human nervous system with mechatronic devices, and then employ these devices
to restore neurological function, has long fascinated scientists. It is in
this context that Neurorobots (NRs) and Motor Neuroprostheses (MNPs) emerge.
Both seek to obtain motor command signals from motor control regions of the
nervous system via Brain‐Machine interfaces (BMIs). MNPs constitute an
approach to restoring function by means of artificially controlling human
muscles or muscle nerves with Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES). This
school proposes a revision of all these technologies and its direct
application in the medical context (Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke and Cerebral
Palsy). The main goal is understanding how emerging technologies can help in
medicine, what rehabilitation robotics is, its history and its applications.


‐How can emerging technologies help in medicine?

‐ Understanding rehabilitation robotics and its goals

Hyper Summer School will also include *three workshops *to provide hands‐on
experience with brain machine interface, neural rehabilitation, motor
control and modeling. The workshops defined are: 1) design and test a BCI
system, 2) design and evaluate a FES system, and 3) Develop an upper limb
model based on OpenSim and simulate it with Simulink.

*Invited Speakers:*

‐ Dr. Jonathan R. Wolpaw (Wadsworth Center, NY)

‐ Dr. Metin Akay (Univ. of Houston, USA)

‐ Dr. Etienne Burdet (Imp. College of Science, London)

‐ Dr. Andrea Caria (Univ. of Tübingen, Germany)

‐ Dr. Marco Molinari (Fondazione Santa Lucia, Italy )

‐ Dr. Eduardo Fernández (Univ. of Elche, Spain)

‐ Dr. Silvestro Micera (Scuola Superiori Sant'Anna Italy)

‐ Dr. Ilse Jonkers (K.U. Leuven, Belgium)

‐ Dr. Thierry Keller (Tecnalia, Spain)

‐ Dr. Paolo Bonato (MIT, USA)

‐ Dr. Romulo Fuentes (IINN, Brazil)

‐ Dr. Lee Miller (Southern Univ., Chicago)

- Mr. Freygardur Thorsteinsson (OSSUR, Iceland)


E. Rocon (CSIC),

J. Minguez (University of Zaragoza),

J.C. Moreno (CSIC),

J.L. Pons (CSIC)

*Location: *

The school will take place in La Aberca, Salamanca (Spain),
18th‐23rdSeptember, 2011.

*Important deadlines:*

June 30, 2011 Deadline for submission of applications

July 15, 2011 Notification of acceptance


The registration fee is 600 € (Euros) and includes full accommodation for
five days at the Abadía de los Templarios hotel, transport Madrid‐La
Alberca, meals, coffee breaks and lecture materials. Prospective applicants
must send the information described in the Application section, by E‐mail,
by June 30th, 2011. The admission to the School will be decided upon a
selection made by the General Conference Committee. Notification of the
acceptance will be made by July 15th, 2011.

Javier Minguez
Dpto de Infomatica e Ingenieria de Sistemas
Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain

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