[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Contributions: Workshop on Neuro-Robotics for Patient-Specific Rehabilitation

Massimo Sartori massimo.srt at gmail.com
Thu Apr 24 06:43:22 PDT 2014

*Call for Contributions*
Workshop on Neuro-Robotics for Patient-Specific Rehabilitation

15 – 19 July 2014.
Padova and Venice, Italy.

Advances in neuro-rehabilitation robotics are enabling novel treatments and
possibilities of recovery for individuals who suffered from loss of motor
abilities. However, major challenges still remain in the field including:
the current inability of personalizing the robotic device and treatment to
the specific patient’s anatomy and disability, and the current inability of
developing wearable robotic devices that can support the patient throughout
balanced and unconstrained locomotion tasks.

These challenges can be addressed if the discrepancy between the
patient-specific anatomy and the robotics structure are minimized and if a
strong interface is established between the robot and the patient’s
neuromuscular system. This will enable the robotic device become a natural
extension of the patient’s impaired limbs.

This workshop will provide insights on these problems and challenges with
perspectives from engineers and medical doctors. It will present novel
methods for assessing the neural drive to muscles and predicting the
resulting mechanical output in the human musculoskeletal system. It will
discuss methods to predict how subjects interact with wearable assistive
devices such as prostheses and orthoses and discuss methodologies for
establishing strong, intuitive, and patient-specific human-machine

- Dr Thierry Keller (Rehabilitation Department, Tecnalia, Spain)
- Dr Manish Sreenivasa (Optimization in Robotics and Biomechanics Group,
University of Heidelberg, Germany)
- Prof. Dario Farina (Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering,
University Medical Center Goettingen, Germany)
- Dr Massimo Sartori (Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering,
University Medical Center Goettingen, Germany)

There will also be contributions from the following institutions:

- Department of Neurorehabilitation, IRCCS San Camillo Hospital, Venice,
- Medical School of the University of Padova, Italy.

Up-to-date information about invited speakers and contributions will be
available on the workshop website (

*Call for Papers:*
You are invited to submit a short paper for consideration (i.e. no more
than 4 pages using the Springer LNCS template). All accepted papers will be
presented in the workshop poster session, will be included in the workshop
proceedings with an ISBN number, and distributed on-site through CD-ROM or
USB Key. Papers must be written in English and submitted by *May 18* (

*Workshop Organizers:*
- Dr Massimo Sartori (University Medical Center Goettingen, Germany)
- Prof. Dario Farina (University Medical Center Goettingen, Germany)
- Prof. Enrico Pagello (University of Padova, Italy)

Massimo Sartori, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering
Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology Göttingen
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience
Von-Siebold-Str. 3
D – 37075 Göttingen, Germany
Tel:    + 49 (0) 551 / 39-20406
Email:  massimo.sartori at bccn.uni-goettingen.de
http://www.massimosartori.net <http://www.massimosartori.net/>

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