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ICORR 2013 Workshop

Robotics for neuro-rehabilitation: strategies to increasing impact on clinical and industrial field


Stefano Mazzoleni
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy

The use of robotic systems for rehabilitation is increasingly providing important results through several experimental clinical trials. The design, development and validation of such systems represent a challenging research topic of interest both in the bioengineering and clinical field. This workshop will:

• will provide state-of-the-art descriptions of an innovative and challenging field of bioengineering and clinical interest, including human-machine interaction.

• will be focused on robot-assisted rehabilitation which is a topic of currently active research.

• will be focused on interactions of participants to exchange ideas, discuss recent research results, explore new directions in research and technological transfer, and propose international focus groups on specific areas of research interest.

Workshop schedule:


Welcome and Introduction
Stefano Mazzoleni


Julius Dewald

NeuroImaging and Motor Control Laboratory, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA

Impairment based rehabilitation robotics: the need for science before design to gain clinically relevant results and acceptance


James Patton

Institute of Chicago, USA

Design criteria for new generation of rehabilitation robots


Albert C. Lo

Brown University, USA

Neuroscience and rehabilitation robotics


General Discussion




Rui Loureiro

Middlesex University London, UK

Should rehabilitation robots do more than movement assistance?


Farshid Amirabdollahian

University of Hertfordshire, UK

Design and development of a hand/wrist exoskeleton device for stroke rehabilitation: Script Project


Stefano Mazzoleni

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy

Upper limb post-stroke robot-assisted treatments: therapy and assessment



Exchanging ideas between speakers and the audience: “Where Rehabilitation Robotics comes from and where it should go?


Closing Remarks
Stefano Mazzoleni


Primary Audience

Engineers, Physicians, PhD Students, Researchers in academic spin-off companies, and companies involved in research.

Secondary Audience

graduate and undergraduate students, therapists, and other clinicians.