[robotics-worldwide] Call For Posters - RSS Workshop - Towards Active Lower Limb Prosthetic Systems: Design Issues and Solutions

Janis Wojtusch wojtusch at sim.tu-darmstadt.de
Mon Apr 29 06:15:59 PDT 2013

Call for Posters - RSS 2013 Workshop
Towards Active Lower Limb Prosthetic Systems: Design Issues and Solutions
June 28, 2013, Berlin
Website: http://www.prothetik.tu-darmstadt.de/workshop

Within the last decades, lower limb prostheses developed from passive
mechanisms to adaptive mechatronic systems. Contemporary, such prostheses
evolve to robotic systems providing powered locomotion support by drives.
With this, various new questions arise: Technically, developers are
confronted with designing mechatronic subsystems like drive trains and
kinematics as well as algorithms for control and the gait recognition.
Further, system integration allows for improving function and feasibility
for mobile application. Simultaneously, human factors show significant
impact on prosthetic development. As prostheses are not only used by
people, but aim at replacing lost parts of amputees’ bodies, their
acceptance and integration to the body scheme are important design factors.
Beyond this, biomechanical and medical constraints have to be considered
to avoid injuries. The biomechanical role model can also deliver
inspiration for system design. Finally, economic factors like production
costs have to be considered for practical realization.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- How can elastic drive trains with variable stiffness be optimized for
lower limb prosthetics?
- Which methods allow for reliable real-time gait recognition and control?
- What benefits can be drawn from system integration and subsystem 
- What impact do psychological factors have on prosthetics and how can
these factors be considered structurally?
- Can body scheme integration be enhanced by technology?
- Where in prosthetics can biomechanics inspire technology?
- Which biomechanical and medical constraints have to be considered?
- Which economic factors limit prosthetic technology?
- How can prosthetic technology be cost-optimized and what perspectives
deliver new production technologies?

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome, Organizational Information
09:30 – 10:00 Basic technologies: Drives & controls
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 System Integration and Interfaces
12:00 – 12:30 Panel discussion: Technical aspects
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 15:00 Psychological Factors
15:00 – 15:30 Poster Spotlight Presentation & Session
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 16:40 Biomechanics / medical & economic factors
16:40 – 17:10 Panel discussion: Human factors
17:10 – 17:30 End of workshop

Submission Due: May 15, 2013
Acceptance Notification: June 3, 2013
Workshop: June 28, 2013

Participants are invited to submit abstracts (250 words max.) for the
poster session presenting new or ongoing research. The abstracts will
be reviewed by the scientific board. Please submit your abstract to
Philipp Beckerle (beckerle at ims.tu-darmstadt.de).

Knut Lechler, Össur
Nadine Stech, Blatchford/Endolite
Bernhard Budaker, Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart
Sebastian Wolf, Universität Heidelberg
Oliver Christ, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern
Mario Jokisch, Universität Heidelberg

Saeed Zahedi, Blatchford/Endolite
David Moser, Blatchford/Endolite
Oliver Christ, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern
Andre Seyfarth, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Urs Schneider, Fraunhofer IPA
Philipp Beckerle, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Janis Wojtusch, Technische Universität Darmstadt

- Philipp Beckerle, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technische
Universität Darmstadt, Germany
- Janis Wojtusch, Department of Computer Science, Technische Universität
Darmstadt, Germany
- Oliver Christ, Institute Humans in Complex Systems, University of Applied
Sciences Northwestern, Switzerland
- Andre Seyfarth, Department of Human Science, Technische Universität
Darmstadt, Germany
- Urs Schneider, Biomechatronic Systems, Fraunhofer IPA, Germany

Please contact Philipp Beckerle (beckerle at ims.tu-darmstadt.de) or Janis
Wojtusch (wojtusch at sim.tu-darmstadt.de) with any questions or comments.

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