[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] SMC2015 Special Session on Robotic Exoskeletons with Bioinspired Skills

"José M. Azorín" jm.azorin at umh.es
Fri Mar 20 03:02:58 PDT 2015

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Deadline: Mar 31, 2015

2015 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC2015) http://www.smc2015.org <http://www.smc2015.org/>
Special Session on Robotic Exoskeletons with Bioinspired Skills

Session website: http://www.smc2015.org/sites/default/files/B13_cfp.pdf <http://www.smc2015.org/sites/default/files/B13_cfp.pdf>

The Special Session on Robotics Exoskeletons with Bioinspired Skills will be held in the framework of the IEEE SMC 2015’s 5th Workshop on Brain-Machine Interfaces Systems, October 9-12, 2015 in Hong Kong. SMC2015 is the flagship conference of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. The main theme of this year’s workshop is: “The Human-in-the-Loop Workshop: BMI, Haptics, Big Data, and Shared Control”. 

The possibility of interfacing the human body with artificial devices to then employ these devices to assist human function (e.g. enhance performance, restore neurological function) has long fascinated mankind. The first examples of such interactive devices were industrial robots that had been adapted and brought into manufacturing environments. In the context of assistive technology, robotic exoskeletons are person oriented robots that directly interact with the user to supplement the function of a limb. Over the last two decades remarkable technical accomplishments in design methods have been achieved and have led to a few commercialized products. Despite these technological and mechanical advances and their use in the clinical environment, key issues related to the implementation of robotic exoskeletons in daily life have largely been ignored. The approaches to man-machine interaction put forward by the most recent exoskeletons are not yet taking into account effective strategies for interfacing a exoskeleton to the human body based on the interplay between the neural and the musculoskeletal system. 

Indicative Topics/Areas: 
This session aims at contributing to the discussion on the state of the art and the future trends about interfacing, control and design of robotic exoskeletons. Technologies related to this area, achievements, challenges and open questions would be presented, including the topics (not limited): 
- Neuro-interfaces for robotics exoskeletons 
- Design of bioinspired exoskeletons 
- Applications for robotics exoskeletons 
- Rehabilitation using robotics exoskeletons 
- Assistance using robotics exoskeletons 
- Multimodal interfaces for robotics exoskeletons 
Besides presentations of accepted papers, this session will feature a panel, discussions with the audience, and a number of prominent invited speakers from industry and academia. 


Manuscripts for a Special Session should NOT be submitted in duplication to any other regular or special sessions and should be submitted to SMC 2015 main conference online submission system on SMC 2015 conference website.

All submitted papers of Special Sessions have to undergo the same review process (three completed reviews per paper). The technical reviewers for each Special Session paper will be members of the SMC 2015 Program Committee and qualified peer-reviewers to be nominated by the Special Session organizers. 

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings (with ISBN) and in IEEE Xplore. 

Important Dates:

March 31, 2015: Deadline for submission of full-length papers to special sessions.
June 01, 2015: Acceptance/Rejection Notification. 
July 31, 2015: Final camera-ready papers due in electronic form.
Special Session organizers:
José M. Azorín, Brain-Machine Interface Systems Lab, Miguel Hernández University of Elche, Spain (jm.azorin at umh.es <mailto:jm.azorin at umh.es>)
José L. Pons, Neural Rehabilitation Group, Cajal Institute, CSIC, Spain (jose.pons at csic.es <mailto:jose.pons at csic.es>)
José L. Contreras-Vidal, Laboratory for Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems University of Houston, USA (jlcontr2 at Central.uh.edu <mailto:jlcontr2 at Central.uh.edu>)

Jose M. Azorin, PhD
Director del Departamento de Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automática
Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche
Avda. de la Universidad s/n, Ed. Innova, 03202 Elche (Alicante), Spain
tel: (+34) 96 665 8902
fax: (+34) 96 665 8979

Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Systems Council

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