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M Saiful Huq
03-14-2008, 01:52 AM
Apologies for any cross-posting

Dear Colleague
We are pleased to inform you that a special session on "Biomedical Robotic Assistance" will be organised at the 11th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines, Coimbra, Portugal, 08 - 10 September 2008, and would like to invite you to consider submitting your work for dissemination through the special session. The aims and scope of the session are outlined in the attached brochure. If you have any queries about the session or would like to discuss your ideas/contribution, please contact one of the session organisers.

Kind regards.
CLAWAR 2008

Call for Special Session Papers

CLAWAR 2008: 11th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines

Coimbra, Portugal, 08-10 September 2008

Special Session title: Biomedical Robotic Assistance

Technological advances in robotics and biomedicine provide the opportunity for development of a variety of assistance techniques ranging from personal care to public services in domestic, public, industrial and non-industrial environments. Among these interest and focus is given to personal care situations to a large extend where biomedical robotic assistance may be provided in either fully assistive or augmentary or supplementary manner. Such developments bring greater benefits to the disabled and the elderly, towards mobility, rehabilitation, function-restoration and physical exercise.

Scope of the session:
In this special session the emphasis will be on shared areas of technological advances in robotics and biomedical engineering. The following list gives examples of the topics we would like to cover; however, it is not intended to be exclusive.

Robotics in surgery

Advances in prosthetics and orthotics

Intelligent prostheses and orthoses

Exoskeletons

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)

Intelligent aids for the disabled

Robotics in physiotherapy and rehabilitation

Robotics and the elderly population

Intelligent monitoring in health, disease and the elderly

Modelling and simulation in the design of biomedical devices

Session organisers:

Professor David Howard & Dr Laurence Kenney

Centre for Rehabilitation and Human Performance Research

University of Salford, UK

Email: d.howard@salford.ac.uk

Dr Osman Tokhi & Dr Samad Gharooni
Department of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering
University of Sheffield, UK
Email: o.tokhi@sheffield.ac.uk

Submission of contributions:

Each contribution should include a cover page and an extended abstract of not more than four A4 pages. The cover page should include the title of the paper; name, affiliation and full postal and email addresses of the corresponding author; names, affiliations and email addresses of all co-authors; and the title of the special session.



Please submit your contributions in PDF format through the conference web-site or directly using the URL (https://www.softconf.com/starts/CLAWAR2008/submit.html) by the deadline of 15 April 2008. Extended abstracts are limited to 4 A4 pages in single-line space and should include problem formulation, motivation to the work, methodology, sample results and discussion and references. Final accepted papers will be limited to 8 pages in length.