[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] First Call For Contributions: Workshop "Exoskeleton design through optimization and adaptive control", Humanoids 2017, November 15, Birmingham, UK

Tadej Petric tadej.petric at ijs.si
Tue Sep 26 11:02:01 PDT 2017

***First Call for Contributions***

Exoskeleton design through optimization and adaptive control
Humanoids 2017, November 15, Birmingham, UK

WORKSHOP WEBSITE: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__cumulus.ijs.si_humanoids2017ws_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=rZPxukzj4X8DEqSdhpV7dSZMjpVCa0_Wkpn7IlSj9x0&s=jqzr-OdBhn0HTIuhgGB0V_KPWkf34TXmNVz3RVWjHyM&e=


We welcome prospective participants to submit extended abstracts (up to 1
page) to be presented as posters. The manuscripts should use the IEEE
conference two-column format. Please submit a PDF copy of your manuscript
by email to the email address tadej.petric[at]ijs.si before October 21.
Each paper will receive a minimum of two reviews. Papers will be selected
based on their originality, relevance to the workshop topics,
contributions, technical clarity, and presentation. Accepted papers require
that at least one of the authors register to the workshop. This workshop is
an excellent opportunity to present and discuss your ongoing work and get
an early feedback from the participants.

Important dates:
·         Submission deadline for papers: 21 October, 2017
·         Notification of acceptance:          31 October, 2017

With the recent advancements of mechatronic technologies, wearable robotic
systems such as exoskeletons are gaining interest in various scientific and
technological domains. Given the application scope of exoskeletons and
their tight physical coupling with the human body, consideration of
optimality principles and interactive control of both the exoskeleton and
the user is crucial for all aspects of exoskeleton research and development.

Understanding how our brains control even the simplest movement is a major
challenge that has not yet been fully resolved due to the complexity of our
neuromuscular system. Consequently, many theories are based on optimality
principles that quantify task goals as cost functions. Then again,
interactive control has mostly been used to either aid learning or learning
to interact. Clearly, optimality principles and interactive control are
highly desirable features of the next generation of exoskeletons. Synergies
between these two research directions could result in exoskeletons that
would better interact with humans and consequently augment or substitute
human capabilities more efficiently.

The aim of this workshop is to bridge the gap between optimality principles
and adaptive control to create a new generation of exoskeletons that would
efficiently and unobtrusively operate on the human body. We will bring
together scientists with expertise in a wide range of fields having a
common denominator of either studying, developing or using exoskeletons for
power assistance, rehabilitation, diagnostics, ergonomics, musculoskeletal
monitoring, etc. Together we will discuss how to leverage exoskeleton
research with novel adaptive control concepts and optimization methods in
order to advance it into a key technology.

The workshop concerns but is not limited to the following research fields
in robotics:
-Exoskeleton Control
-Biomechanical effects of exoskeletons on humans
-Exoskeleton Design
-Model-Based Optimization
-Learning and Shared Control
-Human-in-the-Loop Control
-Human-Robot Interaction
-Human Motion Understanding
-Intention Recognition
-Role Allocation
-Human Sensorimotor Learning
-Human-Robot Interfaces
-Ergonomical aspects

Tadej Petrič, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
Manish Sreenivasa, Heidelberg University, Germany
Katja Mombaur, Heidelberg University, Germany
Jan Babič, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

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