Assessing and Optimizing Human Robot Interaction In Wearable Robotic Devices
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RehabWeek Workshop: Assessing and Optimizing Human Robot Interaction In Wearable Robotic Devices
8:30am-12:30pm - Monday July 17th, 2017, Abbey (4th Floor)
QEII Centre, London, England
Assistive robotic devices, such as active prosthesis, orthoses, and exoskeletons have the potential to restore function for the millions of people who experience mobility challenges due to injury and disability. These devices actively assist and/or restore mobility for individuals with muscular impairments, neurological injuries, or amputations.
For these devices to gain widespread use as take-home systems, we have to be able to answer the question "how good is this robot?" on a quantitative basis. We also have to overcome the significant challenge of determining how to control wearable robotic devices in order to maximize their long-term energetic and biomechanical benefits. This requires in-depth investigations into the interactions between the function of the device and the physiology of the human. With more and more complex devices, it becomes particularly important to understand how device parameters influence the performance of the user on a subject-specific basis. This is a question that can often only be answered experimentally.
At the core of this workshop, we will discuss novel methods to automatically perform a quantitative assessment or benchmarking of device performance during use. Furthermore, we will investigate the potential of such an automated assessment as a basis for device optimization. We will discuss methods and their application in the real-time optimization of assistive robotic devices. Such an automated evaluation will result in devices that can self-monitor their performance, optimize their own behavior, and continuously adapt to changing circumstances. This will open up a radically new way of human robot interaction for wearable devices. It will greatly increase their clinical viability and enable novel advanced controllers and algorithms that can improve their symbiotic capabilities.
Please see the website for RehabWeek 2017 for additional information.
List of Confirmed Speakers with Topics, Titles, and Abstracts
Simona Crea Assistant Professor, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Steve Collins Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Levi Hargrove Research Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
Herman van der Kooij
Full Professor of Biomechatronics and Rehabilitation Technology, University of Twente
C. David Remy Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
Robert Riener Full Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich
Diego Torricelli Spanish National Research Council
Jan Veneman Tecnalia Research and Innovation
Conor Walsh Associate Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
C. David Remy, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
Additional Information: Frontiers Reseach Topic
Frontiers Research Topic on "Assessing bipedal locomotion: towards replicable benchmarks for robotic and robot-assisted locomotion."