[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Workshop Physical assistive devices: Model-based simulation and optimization at IROS 2013

Katja Mombaur katja.mombaur at iwr.uni-heidelberg.de
Mon Sep 16 08:43:45 PDT 2013

Call for contributions and participation:
** IEEE IROS 2013 Workshop **
Physical assistive devices: Model-based simulation and optimization
Nov 3, 2013 in Osaka, Japan
Organizers: Katja Mombaur, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Angelika Peer, TU München, Germany
Tamim Asfour, Karlsruhe Insitute of Technology, Germany

Objectives of Workshop:
Physical assistive devices such as mobility aids, exoskeletons or 
orthoses form an important field of robotics and have received a growing 
attention over the past years. The design and control of such systems is 
a challenging task since physical assistive devices stay in close 
contact with humans and have to adapt their behavior to the current user 
state and user needs. This requires fundamental understanding of human 
motor control and coordination mechanisms under normal and pathological 
conditions as well as online observation and identification of the 
current user state and intention to reliably adjust the assistive device 
behavior and to provide appropriate support. Model-based simulation and 
optimization can be very powerful tools in this context and will be the 
main topic of this workshop. We will focus on computational tools and 
the underlying mathematical methods as well as modeling approaches with 
the main aim of giving an overview of the state of the art in this field 
and of highlighting future directions. The workshop particularly aims at 
joining experts for different physical assistive devices, i.e. mobility 
aids, exoskeletons and orthoses to share common problems and approaches 
between these fields

Topics of interest of this workshop include, but are not limited to
• Dynamic modeling of physical assistive devices
• Human biomechanics models and models of human motor control
• Model parameter identification and optimal experimental design
• Model-based control of physical assistive devices
• Design optimization of physical assistive devices
• Efficient simulation and optimization methods for online use
• Efficient modeling and optimization tools

Confirmed workshop speakers
• Neville Hogan, MIT, USA
• Massimo Sartori, University of Göttingen, Germany
• Kin Huat Low, Nanyang Technological University , Singapore
• Tim Bretl, University of Illinois, USA
• Dirk Lefeber, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
• Kazuhiro Kosuge, Tohoku University, Japan
• Andre Seyfarth, TU Darmstadt, Germany
• Katja Mombaur, University of Heidelberg, Germany
• Angelika Peer, TU München, Germany
• Tamim Asfour, KIT, Germany

If you wish to give a short presentation at this workshop, please submit 
a talk title and an abstract of 20 lines to
katja.mombaur at iwr.uni-heidelberg.de until September 26, 2013. 
Notification of acceptance: October 1, 2013.
For participation, please register at the conference web page 

This workshop is a joint initiative of the FP7 ICT project MOBOT, the 
project HEIKA-EXO, and the IEEE RAS Technical Committee Model-based 
Optimization for Robotics.

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