Dear colleagues,
We are pleased to invite you to participate in the upcoming workshop “Benchmarking lower limb wearable robots: towards practical and evidence-based solutions.”, to be held on August 11, afternoon, at the ICORR 2015 conference, in Singapore.


DESCRIPTION
Wearable robots (WR) are entering an exciting era. An increasing number of solutions are moving out of the lab, approaching the everyday rehabilitation practice and home-based assistive applications. In this context, the quantitative assessment of the technology is crucial for its correct introduction in the market. Nevertheless, a systematic framework to evaluate the WR technology under all its facets is still lacking. In the framework of the European projects H2R, Biomot and BALANCE, we are developing a scheme for the definition of specific benchmarks designed to lower limb WR, focused on both the global functional perspective and user-machine interaction.
With this workshop we would like to bring together different researchers already active in the development of evidence-based evaluation methods and protocols, with the goal of identifying the critical issues in translating these approaches into consented benchmarks. The workshop is organized in talks from experts in the field and a final round table covering different perspectives, including research, industrial, institutional and regulatory aspects.
This workshop is supported by the recently created network on benchmarking bipedal locomotion (www.benchmarkinglocomotion.org).


SCHEDULE
13:30 – 13:50 Diego Torricelli, Neural Rehabilitation Group, Spanish Research Council, Madrid. Title: A unified scheme for the benchmarking of walking functions
13: 50 – 14:10 Jan Veneman, Rehabilitation Application Area, Tecnalia Research and Innovation. Title: Benchmarking of balance performance in perturbed standing and walking
14:10 – 14:30 Jose Gonzalez, Neural Rehabilitation Group, Spanish Research Council, Madrid. Title: Benchmarking the interaction between human and exoskeleton
14:30 – 14:50 Robert Riener, ETH Zurich. Title: Cybathlon: Benchmarking Assistive Devices
!5:00 – 15:30 Break
15:30 - 15:50 Dr. Rajiv Dubey, Director of the Center for Assistive, Rehabilitation & Robotics Technologies (CARRT). Title: Multi-modal assessment tools for lower limb prostheses
15:50 – 16:10 Gurvinder Virk, University of Gävle, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Title: Benchmarking safety for wearable robots
16:10 – 16:30 Nicola Vitiello, Head of the Wearable Robotics Laboratory, The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy. Title: Ergonomy of lower-limb exoskeletons
16:30 – 17:00 Round table and conclusions

More info at the Workshop Website: http://benchmarkinglocomotion.org/workshop-icorr2015/
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Diego Torricelli, PhD
Neural Rehabilitation Group
Cajal Institute, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
Avda. Doctor Arce, 37, 28002 Madrid, Spain
+34 915854750 ext. 4709