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Workshops

Workshops

All the workshops will take place on Sunday, August 21 as “Pre-Conference” program. Any related information may be available through the workshop organizers. Detail schedule with the time and the place will be announced later.

Workshop 1 Recent Advances in Medical Microrobotics: Toward Diagnosis and Therapeutics in Practice
Keywords Micro/Nano Robots; Micro, Nano, and Biomimetic Systems; Medical Robots and Systems
Organizers Jong-oh Park, Chang-Sei Kim, Eunpyo Choi
Abstract The workshop provides the overview and the advanced technology of medical microrobot - ranging from cell-scale to millimeter scale. The traditional microrobotics mechanism and its practical application medical diagnostics and therapeutics will be delivered to the attendances. Three main topics includes a targeted therapeutic agents delivery for oncology, a magnetically driven catheterization for cardiovascular therapeutics, and a capsule endoscopy for intestinal diagnostics. The workshop will bring a significantly advanced microrobotics technology and motivation to relative bio-robotics researchers with diversity robot technology toward clinical application.
Workshop 2 From in-clinic rehabilitation to home assistance: wearable robotics in the continuum of care
Keywords Rehabilitation Robotics; Wearable Robotics
Organizers Emilio Trigili, Arturo Forner-Cordero, Simona Crea, Nicola Vitiello
Abstract The high incidence of age-associated chronic diseases, including stroke, is causing a huge demand for physical and cognitive rehabilitation. The access to rehabilitation services has been restricted further after the COVID-19 pandemic, and a continuum of care from the hospitalization to the home assistance is not always guaranteed. Robotic technologies as wearable robots and virtual/augmented reality (AR/VR) system represent innovative solutions for movement assistance, monitoring and treatment, to support patients across different stages of recovery. The objective of this workshop is to discuss the current trends and challenges of integrating such technologies into the rehabilitation continuum of care. A multi-disciplinary group of experts and academic researchers will provide an overview of the latest advancements regarding the development of wearable robots and AR/VR systems for rehabilitation and home assistance, the use of robotics for quantitative clinical assessment, neuromechanical models and mechanisms of neuroplasticity in robot-aidedrehabilitation. After the presentations, a round table will be opened to synthetize current views and suggest future directions to guide the development of the next-generation devices to serve the continuum of care spectrum, focusing on their translation to the healthcare industry and real-world applications.
Workshop 3 Advancing Hand Wearable Robotics through novel design, actuation, sensing, and control algorithm
Keywords Wearable Robotics; Rehabilitation Robotics; Grasping
Organizers Kyu-Jin Cho, ByungChul Kim, Olivier Lambercy
Abstract Despite impressive advances in the design of hand wearable robots over the past 10 years, most hand wearable robot studies have concentrated on simply grasping and releasing objects. It seems evident to be a difference between a human hand and the hand wearable robots in the number of actuators and sensors; the hand wearable robots have only limited functions due to the restriction of the actuators and sensors. This is challenged by the trade-off between robot simplicity and functional benefit, as well as by difficulties in designing the high-level controllers (e.g. intention detection, grasp strategy, estimating human state, in-hand manipulation). This workshop aims to bring together engineers to discuss these topics, demo recent developments and identify ways to develop the next generation of hand wearable robots.
Workshop 4 Guiding Physical Therapy Using Computational Modelling Techniques
Keywords Modeling and Simulating Humans; Rehabilitation Robotics; Physical Human-Robot Interaction
Organizers Tomislav Bacek, Denny Oetomo, Dana Kulic
Abstract The advancements in robotic and sensing technologies, data science, and computer-simulated environments, and the ever-growing knowledge in physical therapy (PT) of movement impairments have opened an enormous potential for personalised, effective, and collaborative gait rehabilitation. However, the available technologies are yet to be exploited to their full potential and close the gap between the research environment and clinical practice. This workshop will bring together renowned speakers from the relevant fields of physiotherapy, machine learning, human movement, computational modelling, and biomechanics to present state-of-art in technology-assisted physical therapy and provide insights into current challenges and future trends.
Workshop 5 Closing the Loop on Upper-Limb Assistive Device Design, Sensing, Control, & Clinical Practice
Keywords Physically Assistive Devices; Rehabilitation Robotics; Prosthetics and Exoskeletons
Organizers Laura Hallock, Cara M. Nunez, Robert D. Howe
Abstract Developing effective assistive devices that can be used in a clinical setting is a multidisciplinary effort requiring expertise in not only robotic design, sensing, controls, and human–machine interaction, but also knowledge of the needs of medical and patient communities. At the same time,researchers must inherently specialize in these domains, and often the communication lines between these communities are limited, causing the development of suboptimal tools and devices for the intended use case or target population. This workshop aims to bring these communities together to a) engage in an open discussion of successful endeavors in bridging this development–application gap, and best practices for doing so, and b) present ongoing work in assistive device tooling and clinical needs definition to enable new connections and partnerships across disciplines. By bringing together experts in device design, sensing, and control, as well as clinicians and practitioners well-placed to understand immediate clinical needs, and providing a venue to discuss both early-stage and established work, we aim to provide attendees with a broad sense of ongoing challenges and state-of-the-art methods in upper-limb assistance and rehabilitation, as well as the opportunity to expand the use of technologies currently under development in new and impactful application domains.