[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP: ICRA'15 Full-day workshop "Haptics for Neuroscience and Neuroimaging"

Fabrizio Sergi fabs at rice.edu
Tue Feb 10 17:45:28 PST 2015


ICRA 2015 full day workshop “Haptics for Neuroscience and Neuroimaging”.
May 26th, 2015
Washington State Convention Center - Seattle WA, USA

We are pleased to announce the full-day workshop “Haptics for Neuroscience and Neuroimaging” at ICRA 2015, which aims to bring together a diverse community of researchers in the fields of robotics, haptics, neuroscience, biomechanics and motor control. We invite you to participate in the workshop and contribute with abstracts and/or demonstrations.

The workshop will consist of invited talks from experts in the field (see list of confirmed speakers below), as well as presentations by participants selected from contributors who submit a two-page extended abstract. A one-hour interactive poster session will also be featured, with the possibility of live demonstrations from selected participants. All interactive posters will be introduced in a short teaser session for the audience. Slides, abstracts and posters will be made available on the workshop website. Selected abstracts may be invited to submit extended papers for a Springer STAR special issue.

Prospective participants are invited to submit a 2-page extended abstract and express whether they would be interested in presenting a demo during the poster session. Accepted abstracts will be made available on the workshop website, and authors will be invited to give a talk or present during the interacting poster session. Contributed papers may be submitted by email to the organizers by the deadline reported below. For further information, see http://cs.stanford.edu/groups/manips/icra-hnn-2015.html.

Abstract submission: March 8th, 2015
Notification of acceptance: March 15th, 2015
Workshop date: May 26th, 2015

Recent advances in haptics, human motion modeling, and human functional neuroimaging have set the stage to greatly expand collaboration between roboticists and neuroscientists. The workshop “Haptics for Neuroscience and Neuroimaging” proposes to foster collaborative efforts to understand human motion by combining novel robotics technologies, predictive human biomechanical models, immersive haptic neuroscience experiments, and high resolution neuroimaging.
A fundamental limiting factor for human motor neuroscience is that roboticists develop complex control theories and engineer amazing devices, but complexity or specificity renders associated neuroscience experiments infeasible. At the same time, neuroscientists perform detailed experiments and develop sophisticated analyses methods to analyze noisy human data, but face strong engineering challenges in harnessing state-of-the-art techniques. Finally, biomechanics models can advise robotic theory and devices as well as experiment design, but researchers are limited by the lack of conferences and workshops that bring together all three fields. This workshop hopes to address the mentioned challenges and promises to set the stage for future human motor control research.
A special case of interest for this workshop is the combination of haptics and human neuroimaging, Haptic fMRI. The workshop will host contributions within this research topic from technical/engineering and basic neuroscience perspectives. 

The workshop “Haptics for Neuroscience and Neuroimaging” will bring together a diverse set of investigators from the fields of haptics, robotics, biomechanics, functional neuroimaging, and neuroscience, to discuss recent advances and identify a roadmap for further developments. A list of indicative, but by no means exhaustive, list of topics of interest are:
Experimental platforms and methods for the investigation of brain function, including, but not limited to, the use of haptics during whole-brain functional neuroimaging
Use of functional neuroimaging for motor neuroscience experiments
Use of haptics and/or robotics to study motor control
Applying robot control theory to improve biomechanical models
The role of biomechanics in fine tuning neuroimaging experiment designs
Use of brain-machine interfaces to study motor control
Technological challenges in the combination of robotics/haptics and neuroimaging

Prof. Oussama Khatib, Stanford University, USA
Prof. Etienne Burdet, Imperial College London, UK
Prof. Antonio Frisoli, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy
Dr. Ganesh Gowrishankar, AIST, Japan
Prof. Vincent Hayward, University of Pierre and Marie Curie, France
Prof. Pietro Morasso, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura, University of Tokyo, Japan
Prof. Giulio Sandini, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
Prof. Jun Ueda, Georgia Tech, USA

Samir Menon, Stanford University, USA, web: http://web.stanford.edu/~smenon/, email: smenon (at) stanford.edu
Fabrizio Sergi, Rice University, USA, web: http://mahilab.rice.edu/users/fabrizio-sergi, fabs (at) rice.edu
Oussama Khatib, Stanford University, USA, web: http://cs.stanford.edu/groups/manips/ok.html, ok (at) cs.stanford.edu

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