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BIOMECHATRONICS
Workshop
19-21 April 1999

University of Twente
Enschede, the Netherlands
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Organized by the Institute for Biomedical Technology, University of Twente

FURTHER INFORMATION:
- http://www.utwente.nl/bmti/, look under: `meetings' (available after October 1, 1998)
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subsequent postings regarding the biomechatronics workshop:
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TOPICS BELOW:
- Biomechatronics
- Biomechatronics at the University of Twente
- Objectives of the Biomechatronics workshop
- Format of the Biomechatronics workshop
- Who should attend
- How to register
- Submission of papers for the proceedings
- accomodation
- Organizing committee


BIOMECHATRONICS
Biomechatronics concerns intelligent electromechanical systems to support affected
functions of the human body. The area of Biomechatronics is an interdisciplinary area
involving robotics, control engineering, biomedical and biomechanical engineering,
human factors, man-machine interaction, rehabilitation medicine and others.
Biomechatronics encompasses intelligent prosthetic systems, robot assist devices for
handicapped, micromachined tools for minimal invasive surgery, etc.

BIOMECHATRONICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE
Biomechatronics is a newly defined theme at the Institute for Biomedical Technology
(BMTI) of the University of Twente, aiming at the development of intelligent prosthetic
systems especially for mobility. However, the scope of the Biomechatronics field is
more extensive and relates to all intelligent electromechanical systems that support
human body function. Biomechatronics at the University of Twente combines the
efforts of biomechanical engineers who have contributed in the area of biomechanics,
orthotic and prothetic system design and bio-electrical engineers who have contributed
in the area of artificial control of human mobility using functional electrical stimulation
(FES) and miniaturized sensors (especially inertial sensors). Moreover, a tight
cooperation with the Roessingh Rehabilitation Centre (also in Enschede, the
Netherlands) has been established for many years, which is essential for this
rehabilitation related research. Furthermore, the BMTI team coopearates with the
Drebbel Institute for Mechatronics of the University of Twente.

OBJECTIVES OF THE BIOMECHATRONICS WORKSHOP
The objectives of the Biomechatronics workshop organized by the Institute for
Biomedical Engineering of the University of Twente are as follows:
- To bring together all relevant disciplines in the area of Biomechatronics (robotics,
control engineering, biomedical and biomechanical engineering, man-machine
interaction, rehabilitation medicine, etc.) in order to review the state of the art in
each discipline and discuss the cooperation of these disciplines in the development
of intelligent electromechanical systems for support of affected functions of the
human body.
- To supply an opportunity for young as well as senior researchers in all relevant
disciplines to present and discuss their work and to be exposed to developments in
other relevant disciplines not normally met.

FORMAT OF THE BIOMECHATRONICS WORKSHOP
The 2 to 3 day workshop will consist of:
- Introductions to relevant disciplines related to Biomechatronics by invited speakers
(typically 30 minutes)
- Presentation of research done by all attending researchers in the form of short
presentations (10 minutes) or poster presentations. Young researchers (Ph.D.
students and postdocs) are especially invited to present their work!
- Extensive plenary discussions about each discipline and challenges for cooperation
between disciplines to further the area of Biomechatronics.
Workshop attendance is provisionally limited to 100 participants

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
All young and senior researchers in disciplines related to the interdisciplinary field of
Biomechatronics are welcome to attend (robotics, control engineering, biomedical and
biomechanical engineering, man-machine interaction, rehabilitation medicine, etc.)

HOW TO REGISTER
Instructions regarding registration will be sent in subsequent e-mail postings and will be
on our web site (http://www.utwente.nl/bmti/, look under: `meetings').
Provisional fee for the workshop is HFL 450 (HFL = Dutch Florins)

SUBMISSION OF PAPERS FOR THE PROCEEDINGS
All participants are invited to submit papers for the proceedings of the workshop. Papers
are up to 4 pages and have to be submitted before 10 January 1999.
Information about the format of the papers will be announced in subsequent e-mail
postings and will appear on the BMTI web pages (http://www.utwente.nl/bmti/, under:
`meetings')

ACCOMODATION
It is foreseen that both the meetings and hotel accomodation will be on the campus of
the University of Twente.
More information will follow.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
The Biomechatronics workshop is organized by dr.ir. Peter H. Veltink and dr.ir.
Bart.F.J.M. Koopman from the Institute for Biomedical Technology (BMTI), University
of Twente, the Netherlands.
Mrs. Miranda Wiehink and drs. Iddo Bante (BMTI) provide organizational support.


Further information can be obtained from:
Dr.ir. Peter H. Veltink (P.H.Veltink@el.utwente.nl)
Mrs. Miranda Wiehink (M.A.G.Wiehink@bmti.utwente.nl)

Address:
Institute for Biomedical Technology
University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
the Netherlands
tel. x31-53-4893367
fax x31-53-4892319

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