[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP: Special Session on "Human-oriented interfaces and control of prostheses, ortheses and wearable robotics" at IEEE RO-MAN 2014

Philipp Beckerle beckerle at ims.tu-darmstadt.de
Sat Feb 15 06:20:37 PST 2014

"Human-oriented interfaces and control of prostheses, ortheses and wearable robotics"
Special session at IEEE RO-MAN 2014

Symposium dates:
August 25-29, 2014, Edinburgh, Scotland

Special session information:

Philipp Beckerle (Institute of Mechatronic Systems in Mechanical Engineering, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany)
Ramazan Unal (Laboratory of Biomechanical Engineering and Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory, University of Twente, The Netherlands)

Motivation and Goals:
In upper limb prosthetics electromyography is utilized to detect user intention for control purposes since the 1970s. Anyhow, most available interfaces have limited functionalities and do not exploit the physical capabilities of their users. Hence, the extension of control interfaces by novel and/or additional sensors is subject to current research. In contrast to that, ortheses and lower limb prostheses are basically controlled mechanically by the user -- i.e. by moving the prosthesis with the residual limb. Yet, due to the recent trend towards active orthotics and lower limb prosthetics as well as exoskeletons, new interface technologies are introduced to such systems. As control seems not to be performed purely intentional in the lower limbs, it might not be possible to transfer approaches for the upper limbs to the lower limb without modification and instead be necessary to design more intuitive interfaces demanding less user attention.
The proposed special session aims at bringing together researchers to present and discuss results from engineering and computer science as well as such from psychology and the investigation of human factors. Contributions should emphasize on how to meet user requirements by appropriate device and interface design or on approaches considering the human for issues of control directly. Technically, (multi-)sensor technologies, control algorithms and user-feedback concepts are in the scope of the session. Besides prostheses and ortheses, contributions could focus on other wearable robotic systems like exoskeletons or in basic research of interfaces that could be applied in such systems. Beyond the session itself, the organizers aim at initiating an intensive long-term exchange and discussion between research groups to further explore and investigate novel concepts and technologies.

For submission information and paper templates seehttp://rehabilitationrobotics.net/ro-man14/?page_id=68. Special session code: w879x.

Important Dates:
Feb 23, Paper submission deadline
Apr 27, Notification of acceptance
May 23, Camera-ready deadline
Aug 25-29, Symposium dates

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