[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] IROS 2016, Full-Day Workshop: Joint Workshop on Wearable Robotics and Assistive Devices

Tadej Petric tadej.petric at ijs.si
Thu Oct 6 22:02:52 PDT 2016

Dear all,

We would like to invite you to participate to the Joint Workshop on
Wearable Robotics and Assistive Devices that will be held in Daejeon, Korea
on October 14th, in conjunction with the 2016 IEEE/RSJ International
Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2016). The Workshop will
take place in room 104 from 8h50 to 18h30.

Workshop website:

The population aged 60 and over is expected to rise considerably in the
coming years. The rise in life expectancy combined with falling birth
rates, will accelerate the ageing of this population. Facing this problem
or reducing its effect would have a great societal impact by improving the
quality of life and regaining people independence. On the other hand,
robotic applications have rapidly expanded from classical industrial
applications with repetitive tasks to applications with close human-robot
interaction. Particularly, wearable robotics has gained an increasing
attention in the last decades and it is expected to have a great impact on
the development of assisting robotic devices. Given the application scope
of exoskeletons and their tight physical interaction with the human body,
consideration of human physiology is crucial for all aspects of exoskeleton
research and development. Nevertheless, there are many cases when such
devices are designed, built and/or controlled in a way that either
underestimates or even neglects the physiological and biomechanical
parameters pertinent to the human body. In addition, the emergence of novel
wearable technologies with considerable reduction in size, cost and energy
consumption, are becoming a privileged solution to provide assistive
services to humans. Despite of the significant technological and scientific
advancements achieved in the field of wearable powered robotic
technologies, we have not yet witnessed the success of a fully-wearable
powered assistive robotic device, e.g. a robotic suit, which is easy to
wear and intuitive to cooperate with.

In this framework, the purpose of this workshop is to gather PhD students
and researchers from different fields related to wearable robotics and
assistive devices, to lively discuss the current trends, the major
advances, the new research directions and future challenges in the field of
wearable robots and its common edge with human physiology. Moreover, real
demos and poster sessions will provide an opportunity for all participants
to interact and exchange their experience together.

The workshop is structured in two main parts.

Part I is entitled “Exoskeleton Research on the Edge Between Robotics and
Human Physiology”.
Part II is entitled “Wearable Robotics for Motion Assistance and
Rehabilitation – RoboAssist 2016”.

8:45-9:00 Organizers: Introduction and welcome

Part I: Exoskeleton Research on the Edge Between Robotics and Human
9:00-9:30 Herman van der Kooij: Towards Exoskeletons that Support Balance
9:30-10:00 Tamim Asfour: From Humanoid Robotics to Robot Suits

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-11:00 Axel Koopman: Requirements for an Exoskeleton to Prevent
Low-back Pain in Manual Materials Handlers
11:00-11:30 Jan Veneman: Benchmarking Performance and Safety of Wearable
Robots: Metrics and Testing Methods
11:30-12:00 Tomoyuki Noda: Development of Upper-extremity Exoskeleton
driven by Pneumatic Cylinder towards Robotic Rehabilitation
12:00-12:10 Teaser session Poster#1: Steven Lessard et al.:Observing Motor
Impairment using the Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE) to Guide
Soft Exosuit Design
12:10-12:20 Teaser session Poster#2: Wyatt Felt and C. David Remy: Variable
Inductance Structures for Self-Sensing Soft Actuation in Wearable Robotic
12:20-12:30 Teaser session Poster#3: Useok Jeong and Kyu-Jin Cho:
Sensorless Force Control of a Bowden-cable Transmission with a Shape

12:30-14:00 Lunch 1h30

Part II: Wearable Robotics for Motion Assistance and Rehabilitation –
RoboAssist 2016

14:00-14:25 José L. Pons: Biomechanical and neuromotor interactions in
Wearable Robotics: a clinical perspective
14:25-14:50 Bram Vanderborght: Design of the actuators of the BIOMOT
14:50-15:15 Shingo Shimoda: Walking support of semi-spinal cord injury
patients by lower-limb exoskeleton robot
15:15-15:25 Teaser session Poster#1: Youngmok Yun, et al.: EMG-driven Hand
Exoskeleton for Spinal-cord-injury Patients

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-16:25 Domenico Prattichizzo: The Robotic Sixth Finger: a wearable
extra limb to compensate hand function in chronic post stroke patient
16:25-16:50 Kyujin Cho: Exo-Glove Poly: Soft wearable robot for the hand
16:50-17:15 Simona Crea: Series-elastic based wearable robots
17:15-17:40 Ashish Desphande: Harmony and Maestro: Two Robots for
Upper-limb Rehabilitation
17:40-17:50 Teaser session Poster#2:D. Copaci et al.: Wearable elbow
exoskeleton actuated with Shape Memory Alloy in antagonist movement
17:50-18:00 Teaser session Poster#3: Matteo Bianchi et al.: Development of
an EMG triggered hand exoskeleton for assistive and rehabilitation purposes
18:00-18:30 organizers: Panel Session, concluding remarks, future activities

Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Best regards

The organizers

dr. Tadej Petrič
Jozef Stefan Institute
Dept. of Automation, Biocybernetics and Robotics | Jamova cesta 39
| SI-1000 Ljubljana | Slovenia
tel.:+386 1 477 31 40
mailto: tadej[.]petric[at]ijs[.]si

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