A Workshop proposal on

Wearable robotics for motion assistance and rehabilitation - RoboAssist 2016
a Workshop proposal in conjunction with IEEE/RSJ IROS 2016, 14 October, 2016

Statement of objectives

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. The purpose of this workshop is to gather PhD students and researchers from academia, industry, and different fields related to wearable robotics, to lively discuss, based on the case studies presented by the invited speakers in each session, the current trends, the major advances that have been made as well as new research directions and future challenges in the field of wearable robots. Moreover, real demos and poster sessions will provide an opportunity for all participants to interact and exchange their experience together.

As continuity of the successful previous editions of this workshop held at Neurotechnix 2013 (http://www.neurotechnix.org/RoboAssist.aspx?y=2013), IEEE/ICRA 2014 (http://roboassist2014.com/doku.php/start) and IEEE/RAS-EMBS ICORR 2015 (http://www.icorr2015.enabling-technology-festival.org/programme/workshop-game-sessions), this workshop proposal would be the fourth edition of RoboAssist Workshop and 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.

Intended audience

The proposed workshop will gather scientist and engineer researchers from different backgrounds to discuss and learn about this highly interdisciplinary field. It will be divided into four sessions with at least one established expert researchers, and one to two early-career researchers, and one real demo for each session. A one-hour poster slot is planned in session II with a short 5-10 minutes teaser where each PhD student/young researcher will present the work with 1 min to pitch the poster. Intended audience concerns PhD students and researchers from academia and industry who are interested in the field of wearable robots for motion assistance and rehabilitation robotics. Participants will be able to lively discuss the current trends and future challenges based on the case studies presented by each keynote speaker and each invited talk of the four proposed sessions. Moreover, the real demo sessions will provide an opportunity for all participants to interact and exchange their experience together. The workshop will be concluded by a roundtable discussion to explore the future issues that need further investigations.

Topics of interest
  • Neurorobotics;
  • EMG Signal Processing and applications to wearable robotics;
  • Neurological Disorders and Rehabilitation using wearable robots;
  • Neuro-interface Prosthetic Devices;
  • Exoskeletons, actuated orthosis and prostheses;
  • Bio-inspired approaches for design and control of wearable robots;
  • Mechatronic design and control of human movements;
  • Cognitive/physical interaction paradigms for assistive robotics;
Important dates
  • Submission of two A4 pages: August 22h, 2016
  • Acceptance notification: September 15th, 2016
  • Author registration due: See IROS Website
  • Workshop date: October 14th, 2016