A Workshop on

Wearable robotics for motion assistance and rehabilitation - RoboAssist 2014
a Workshop in conjunction with IEEE ICRA 2014, June 5, 2014

Statement of objectives

This workshop aims at contributing to discuss the state of the art and the future trends of the use of wearable robotics for motion assistance and rehabilitation. 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 to make them active in society, and live active, fulfilling and independent lives. On the other hand, robotic applications have rapidly expanded from classical industrial applications with repetitive tasks to applications with close human-robot interaction. Particularly, assistive robotics has gained an increasing attention in the last decades. Indeed, adaptation of healthcare services to the needs of this dependent population will have a great impact on the development of assisting robotic devices. In addition, technological advances and the emergence of novel adapted technologies such as wearable and ubiquitous technologies with considerable reduction in size, cost and energy consumption, are becoming a privileged solution to provide assistive services to humans. This challenging technology is expected to work closely, interact and collaborate with people in an intelligent environment.

While initially conceived for human motion augmentation purposes, wearable powered robots have been gradually proposed as a technological aid for motion rehabilitation and assistance, and functional substitution in patients suffering from motor disorders. Over these years, 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.

As continuity of the successful previous edition of this workshop held at Neurotechnix’13, the organizing committee is seeking relevant contributions addressing but are not limited to the topics listed below.

Intended audience

This workshop aims at gathering researchers from different backgrounds to discuss and learn about this highly interdisciplinary field. The invited speakers will provide discussions about the state of the art, challenges and limiting factors for developing sustainable wearable robots for assistive and rehabilitation of human movements. The discussions will highlight particularly issues related to novel kinematics and actuation solutions for wearable robots. Invited papers will focus also on the growing challenges of using novel human-robot multimodal interaction paradigms. Issue related to cognitive/physical human robot interactions will be also treated. The proposed solutions aimed at promoting: energy harvesting, complete wearability, portability and reliability of the device, as well as user’s safety. A poster session will be devoted for Phd students and young researchers working on the topics of the workshop. The workshop will be concluded by a wrap-up discussion devoted to outline the conclusions, identifying the critical issues that deserve further analysis, and drawing possibilities of future collaborations between participants.

The solicited papers address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Neurorobotics;
  • EMG Signal Processing and Applications;
  • Neurological Disorders and Rehabilitation;
  • Neuro-interface Prosthetic Devices;
  • Exoskeletons, actuated orthosis and prostheses;
  • Mechatronic design and control of human movements;
  • Cognitive/physical interaction paradigms for assistive robotics;
  • Human–robot multimodal interaction paradigms;
  • Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in robotics for neuro-rehabilitation and motion assistance.
  • Submission of one A4 page: March 16, 2014 March 31, 2014 (FIRM)
  • Acceptance notification: March 31, 2014 April 7, 2014
  • Author registration due: Check the ICRA website
  • Workshop date: June 5, 2014