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  • Workshop: Neuro-Robotics for Patient-Specific Rehab. Paper Deadline Extended, June 1

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    Call for Contributions (Deadline Extended, June 1)
    Workshop on Neuro-Robotics for Patient-Specific Rehabilitation


    15 – 19 July 2014.
    Padova and Venice, Italy.
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    The submission deadline for contributions has been extended to June 1.

    Advances in neuro-rehabilitation robotics are enabling novel treatments and possibilities of recovery for individuals who suffered from loss of motor abilities. However, major challenges still remain in the field including: the current inability of personalizing the robotic device and treatment to the specific patient’s anatomy and disability, and the current inability of developing wearable robotic devices that can support the patient throughout balanced and unconstrained locomotion tasks.

    These challenges can be addressed if the discrepancy between the patient-specific anatomy and the robotics structure are minimized and if a strong interface is established between the robot and the patient’s neuromuscular system. This will enable the robotic device become a natural extension of the patient’s impaired limbs.

    This workshop will provide insights on these problems and challenges with perspectives from engineers and medical doctors. It will present novel methods for assessing the neural drive to muscles and predicting the resulting mechanical output in the human musculoskeletal system. It will discuss methods to predict how subjects interact with wearable assistive devices such as prostheses and orthoses and discuss methodologies for establishing strong, intuitive, and patient-specific human-machine interfaces.

    - Dr Thierry Keller (Rehabilitation Department, Tecnalia, Spain)
    - Dr Manish Sreenivasa (Optimization in Robotics and Biomechanics Group, University of Heidelberg, Germany)
    - Prof. Dario Farina (Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, University Medical Center Goettingen, Germany)
    - Dr Massimo Sartori (Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, University Medical Center Goettingen, Germany)

    There will also be contributions from the following institutions:
    - Department of Neurorehabilitation, IRCCS San Camillo Hospital, Venice, Italy.
    - Medical School of the University of Padova, Italy.

    Up-to-date information about invited speakers and contributions will be available on the workshop website (

    Call for Papers:
    You are invited to submit a short paper for consideration (i.e. no more than 4 pages using the Springer LNCS template). All accepted papers will be presented in the workshop poster session, will be included in the workshop proceedings with an ISBN number, and distributed on-site through CD-ROM or USB Key. Papers must be written in English and submitted by June 1 (

    Important Dates:
    - Manuscript submission deadline (extended): June 1.
    - Notification of manuscript acceptance: June 9.
    - Final manuscript submission: June 15.
    - Workshop at IAS-13 Conference: July 18.

    Workshop Organizers:

    - Dr Massimo Sartori (University Medical Center Goettingen, Germany)
    - Prof. Dario Farina (University Medical Center Goettingen, Germany)
    - Prof. Enrico Pagello (University of Padova, Italy)