[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Workshop at ICORR 2015 - Benchmarking lower limb wearable robots: towards practical and evidence-based solutions.

Diego Torricelli diego.torricelli at csic.es
Thu Jul 30 06:13:15 PDT 2015

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the upcoming workshop
“Benchmarking lower limb wearable robots: towards practical and
evidence-based solutions.”, to be held on August 11, afternoon, at the ICORR
2015 conference, in Singapore.

Wearable robots (WR) are entering an exciting era. An increasing number of
solutions are moving out of the lab, approaching the everyday rehabilitation
practice and home-based assistive applications. In this context, the
quantitative assessment of the technology is crucial for its correct
introduction in the market. Nevertheless, a systematic framework to evaluate
the WR technology under all its facets is still lacking. In the framework of
the European projects H2R, Biomot and BALANCE, we are developing a scheme
for the definition of specific benchmarks designed to lower limb WR, focused
on both the global functional perspective and user-machine interaction.

With this workshop we would like to bring together different researchers
already active in the development of evidence-based evaluation methods and
protocols, with the goal of identifying the critical issues in translating
these approaches into consented benchmarks. The workshop is organized in
talks from experts in the field and a final round table covering different
perspectives, including research, industrial, institutional and regulatory

This workshop is supported by the recently created network on benchmarking
bipedal locomotion (www.benchmarkinglocomotion.org).


13:30 – 13:50 Diego Torricelli, Neural Rehabilitation Group, Spanish
Research Council, Madrid. Title: A unified scheme for the benchmarking of
walking functions

13: 50 – 14:10 Jan Veneman, Rehabilitation Application Area, Tecnalia
Research and Innovation. Title: Benchmarking of balance performance in
perturbed standing and walking

14:10 – 14:30 Jose Gonzalez, Neural Rehabilitation Group, Spanish Research
Council, Madrid. Title: Benchmarking the interaction between human and

14:30 – 14:50 Robert Riener, ETH Zurich. Title: Cybathlon: Benchmarking
Assistive Devices 

!5:00 – 15:30 Break

15:30 - 15:50 Dr. Rajiv Dubey, Director of the Center for Assistive,
Rehabilitation & Robotics Technologies (CARRT). Title: Multi-modal
assessment tools for lower limb prostheses

15:50 – 16:10 Gurvinder Virk, University of Gävle, and KTH Royal Institute
of Technology, Sweden. Title: Benchmarking safety for wearable robots

16:10 – 16:30 Nicola Vitiello, Head of the Wearable Robotics Laboratory, The
BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy. Title:
Ergonomy of lower-limb exoskeletons

16:30 – 17:00 Round table and conclusions

More info at the Workshop Website:

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