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  • DEADLINE REMINDER - IEEE BioRob 2010 Workshop: 'Bridging HumanHand Research and the Development of Robotic Technology for Hands'

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    IEEE BIOROB 2010 WORKSHOP (Full-day)
    'Bridging Human Hand Research and the
    Development of Robotic Technology for Hands'

    Sept. 26, 2010 from 10am - 5pm
    Tokyo, Japan

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    Robotic devices that imitate or interact with human hands are being
    developed for a wide range of applications, including prosthetics, haptic
    interactions and autonomous grasping and manipulation. The amazing
    capabilities of the human hand result from its intricate biomechanical and
    sensory structures, and from sophisticated neuromuscular control schemes.
    Although modern artificial hand structures are becoming anthropomorphic, the
    capabilities and control schemes for these structures are quite different
    from those of the human hand.

    The goals of this workshop are i) to distill the current state of knowledge
    of hand biomechanics, sensory capabilities and neuromuscular control; ii) to
    analyze how this knowledge can be used to improve the design and control of
    devices that are worn by, interact with, or imitate the human hand; and iii)
    to enable lively discussions on the design and control of robotic technology
    for the hand.

    Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:
    - Models of hand biomechanics
    - Sensory inputs (proprioceptive and exteroceptive)
    - Neuromuscular control
    - Mathematical methods to model grasping and manipulation
    - Artificial control schemes for grasping and manipulation
    - Robotic hand devices for therapy, prosthetics, haptic interaction, and
    autonomous manipulation

    The workshop is intended to facilitate productive interactions between
    researchers from a variety of fields and will include technical
    presentations by established researchers and a poster session. Accepted
    abstracts will be published as part of the workshop proceedings and will be
    assigned to podium or poster presentations according to scheduling
    constraints. At least one author on each accepted abstract is expected to
    attend the workshop and present results in person.

    LIST OF SPEAKERS (tentative):
    Dr. Maria Chiara Carrozza (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy)
    Dr. Mark R. Cutkosky (Stanford University, USA)
    Dr. Hiroshi Kaminaga (University of Tokyo, Japan)
    Dr. Haruhisa Kawasaki (Gifu University, Japan)
    Dr. Yoky Matsuoka (University of Washington, USA)
    Dr. Claudio Melchiorri (University of Bologna, Italy)
    Dr. Marco Santello (Arizona State University, USA)
    Dr. Anthony Tzes (University of Patras, Greece)
    Dr. Francisco J. Valero-Cuevas (University of Southern California, USA)

    Extended abstracts (1-2 pages) should be submitted via e-mail to by JULY 7, 2010 (11:59, PST) with the
    subject heading of 'BIOROB 2010 Workshop Submission.' The abstract template
    available at the workshop website should be used for abstract preparation.

    Workshop details will be updated regularly at
    Details on the 3rd IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical
    Robotics and Biomechatronics (BIOROB) can be found at

    July 7, 2010: Abstract submission deadline (11:59pm, PST)
    July 26, 2010: Notification of acceptance/rejection
    August 9, 2010: Workshop registration deadline
    Sept. 26, 2010: Workshop

    Veronica J. Santos, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Graduate Faculty of Bioengineering
    Director of the ASU Biomechatronics Laboratory
    Arizona State University

    Ashish Deshpande
    Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    Director of the ReNeu Robotics Lab
    University of Maine