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ICORR Workshops are included with full conference registration. Some of the workshop descriptions below are preliminary. Additional details will be posted when available.

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Wednesday, June 26, 13:45-18:15
Present and future of non-invasive PNS-Machine Interfaces
C. Castellini, P. Artemiadis           description

Workshop Presenters: Merkur Alimusaj, Todd Kuiken, Kevin Englehart, Arjan Gijsberts, Barbara Caputo, Patrick Pilarski, Claudio Castellini, William Craelius, Dario Farina, Marko Markovic, Strahinja Dosen, Panagiotis Artemiadis, Antonio Bicchi, Sasha B. Godfrey, Arash Ajoudani

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This workshop is about Human-Machine Interfaces which connect non-invasively to the peripheral nervous system (PNS-MIs), surface electromyography (sEMG) being the paradigmatic PNS-MI. We will discuss about current limitations of PNS-MIs and sEMG, novel interfaces and shared prosthetic control. The workshop will bring together roboticists, clinicians and neuroscientists interested in these issues.

Wednesday, June 26, 13:45-18:15 (updated)
Robotics for neuro-rehabilitation: strategies to increasing impact on clinical and industrial field
S. Mazzoleni                                  description

Workshop Contact: Stefano Mazzoleni, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Workshop Presenters: Julius Dewald, James Patton, Albert C. Lo, Rui Loureiro, Farshid Amirabdollahian, Stefano Mazzoleni

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.

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Wednesday, June 26, 13:45-18:15
Design and Control of Robotic Exoskeletons with Compliant Joints and Actuation Systems
A. Deshpande & M. O'Malley            description
Workshop Presenters: Herman van der Kooij, Raffaella Carloni, Peter Neuhaus, Marcia O’Malley, Ashish Deshpande, Urs Keller, Lorenzo Masia, Fabrizio Sergi and Conor Walsh

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Robotic exoskeleton systems provide a promising avenue for assisting stroke patients to recover motor function and for easing the burden of labor intensive, highly repetitive, and therefore, costly conventional physical therapy. Design of robotic exoskeletons is challenging due to the limits on size and weight, and the need to address technical challenges in areas ranging from biomechanics, rehabilitation, actuation, sensing, physical human-robot interaction, and control based on the user intent. Since the exoskeletons are meant to be in a close physical contact with the subjects, a synergistic approach that accounts for the coupled human-robot system may be necessary.

Recently novel robotic designs, including exoskeleton designs, have been introduced with compliance at the joints and actuation. The goal of this workshop is to understand the effects of introduction of compliance on the overall performance of the robotic systems, and to explore how compliant actuation and transmission may be advantageous in exoskeleton designed for rehabilitation.

Wednesday, June 26, 13:45-18:15
Evaluation of Intelligent Powered Wheelchairs
P. Viswanathan                                description
Workshop Presenters: Pooja Viswanathan, Rosalie Wang, Cristina Urdiales Garcia, Christian Mandel, Francois Routhier, Sajay Arthanat and Karyn Moffatt

This workshop will bring together a diverse group of computer scientists, engineers and occupational therapists from all over the world in order to gain a holistic understanding of the challenges in developing and evaluating intelligent wheelchairs (and other assistive devices), and to provide possible solutions to facilitate testing with target users.

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Wednesday, June 26, 13:45-18:15
Robot-Assisted Assessment and Therapy of Hand Function
R. Gassert, O. Lambercy                  description

Workshop Presenters: Roger Gassert, Olivier Lambercy, Raymond Tong, Peter S. Lum, Patrick Aubin, Kyujin Cho, David Reinkensmeyer, Eric Wolbrecht, James Sulzer

Interaction with the environment occurs mostly through the hands and fingers, involves dexterous and dynamic movements and relies strongly on sensory feedback. Any reduction of hand function through neurological injury such as stroke or spinal cord injury has devastating effects on the independence and social integration oftheaffected person. About two thirds of stroke survivors suffer from long‐term hand and finger impairment.

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Wednesday, June 26, 13:45-15:45 (updated)
Where Rehabilitation Robotics Industry comes from and where it should go?
G. Colombo                                       description

Workshop Contact: Gery Colombo, IISART and Hocoma
Workshop Presenters: David Reinkensmeyer, Thiery Keller, Gery Colombo and Jane Burridge

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Two hour workshop. In the workshop it will be discussed, how technological developments have to be implemented (commercially and clinically) to really make a change in rehabilitation of neurologic patients.

Wednesday, June 26, 16:15-18:15 (updated)
Simulation-based design and evaluation for rehabilitation research with OpenSim
K. Steele & J. Reinbolt          description

Workshop Contact: Katherine Steele; email: kmsteele-at-uw-dot-edu
Workshop Presenters: Katherine Steele, University of Washington and Jeffrey Reinbolt, University of Tennessee

Two hour, hands-on workshop.

This will be a hands-on workshop using the free, open-source software OpenSim. If possible, participants should download the software, version 3.0.1, before the workshop ( or be prepared to team up with other workshop participants. The OpenSim GUI runs on Windows (or bootcamp if using a mac) and a mouse is also helpful for navigation.

Computer simulation has emerged as a powerful tool to understand the dynamics and function of human movement, evaluate new assistive technologies, and revolutionize medical decision making and design. Applied to rehabilitation research, simulation has the potential to help identify the underlying mechanisms of movement disorders, optimize new rehabilitation strategies, evaluate human-robot interactions, and provide quantitative measures of the rehabilitation and recovery process. This workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to computer simulation that is accessible to engineers, scientists, and clinicians of all backgrounds.

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