[robotics-worldwide] [journals] CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue on "Affordable Rehabilitation and Assistive Robots and Technologies for Low Resource Settings in Developed and Developing Countries”

Stefano Mazzoleni s.mazzoleni at sssup.it
Fri Nov 13 05:15:10 PST 2015

[Apologies for multiple postings of this announcement] 
============================ CALL FOR PAPERS ============================
Call for papers for a Special Issue on
“Affordable Rehabilitation and Assistive Robots and Technologies for Low 
Resource Settings in Developed and Developing Countries”
The Special Issue will be published in the Journal of Rehabilitation and 
Assistive Technologies Engineering (RATE)

GUEST EDITORS ============================
Michelle Johnson, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, USA 
(johnmic at mail.med.upenn.edu)

Rui Loureiro, PhD, University College of London, UK (R.loureiro at ucl.ac.uk)

Stefano Mazzoleni, PhD, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy 
(stefano.mazzoleni at sssup.it)

Karla Bustamante-Valles, PhD, Technologico di Monterrey (ITESM) 
Chihuahua, Mexico (karla.bustamante at itesm.mx)

--------------------------- IMPORTANT DATES --------------------------- 
* Abstract submission deadline: 15 December 2015 * Submission of full 
manuscripts: 1st March 2016 * Estimated publication: August 2016.
BACKGROUND--------------------------- Non-communicable diseases, especially 
cardiovascular diseases and chronic respiratory diseases, are the 
leading cause of disability in the world. Our long-term goal is to use 
affordable robotics and assistive technologies to improve the health and 
function of persons with persistent upper and lower limb disability due 
to disease or traumatic event occurring in the developed and the 
developing world. Since access to rehabilitation services and associated 
rehabilitation technologies may not exist outside of major urban areas 
and many times are not affordable to low income patients, innovative 
solutions are needed to augment the delivery of rehabilitation care. 
Assistive devices, telerehabilitation, mobile technologies and robotic 
technologies can play diverse roles in increasing health and 
rehabilitation capacity in the developed and developing world. This 
special issue is intended to collect high quality papers on this topic 
and bring attention to examples and strategies that create affordable 
therapy and assistive robot solutions for health and rehabilitation 
capacity in low resource settings (rural and poor communities) globally.

--------------------------- SCOPE AND TOPICS --------------------------- 
This special Issue will include invited and contributed papers on 
clinical, developmental, experimental and analytical/computational 
studies in the area of adult, elderly and/or pediatric rehabilitation 
that deals with the theme of affordable solutions in the following areas:

•    Prosthetics/orthotics •    Robotics or technology – assisted 
therapy •    Telemedicine/telerehabilitation •    Robots to increase 
social interaction •    Social robots for adults and pediatric 
rehabilitation •    Mobility systems for rehabilitation of gait and 
restoration of mobility •    Wearable sensors •    Wearable exoskeletons 
for rehabilitation and assistive tasks •    3D printed rehabilitation 

--------------------------- SUBMISSION DETAILS 
--------------------------- If you would like to submit a paper to this 
special issue, please email a proposed title and abstract to 
ratespecialissue at gmail.com by the 15th December 2015.

For accepted abstracts, the deadline for submission of a full manuscript 
is the 1st March 2016. Please follow this link for Manuscript Submission 

Submitted manuscripts will be subjected to a peer-review process. 
Accepted papers will be published in August 2016. If you have any 
questions, please feel free to contact the Guest Editors.

For more information about the Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive 
Technologies Engineering please visit our website: http://jrt.sagepub.com/

Please note that there will be _no Article Processing Charge for this 
special issue_ (Regularly $2,500).

Stefano Mazzoleni, PhD
Assistant Professor, The BioRobotics Institute - Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Polo Sant'Anna Valdera - Viale R. Piaggio, 34
56025 Pontedera (Pisa) - Italy
Tel.:  	+39050883132
Fax:   	+39050883101
Email: 	s.mazzoleni at sssup.it
Web:	sssa.bioroboticsinstitute.it/user/99

Laboratory of Rehabilitation Bioengineering
Auxilium Vitae Rehabilitation Centre
Borgo San Lazzaro 4
56048 Volterra (Pisa) - Italy
Web: 	www.auxiliumvitae.it/uk/research/laboratory.php

Lecturer, Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Post Graduate School,
Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Pisa - Italy

IEEE/RAS Technical Committee on Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics co-chair
Web: 	www.ieee-ras.org/rehabilitation-robotics

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