Dear BIOMCH-L Members,

We would like to invite you to participate in a workshop on Implementation of Impairment Based Rehabilitation Robotics that will take place at ICORR 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland. The workshop is intended for everyone working in rehabilitation, from engineers to clinicians, who would like to learn more about rehabilitation robotics in the context of our research on the mechanisms responsible for the impairments following stroke and its application to the design and clinical deployment of rehabilitation robotic devices.

WHAT: Implementation of Impairment Based Rehabilitation Robotics
WHERE: International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR) 2011, Zurich, Switzerland
WHEN: July 1, 2011 13h45-15h45

This workshop will demonstrate the ideal attributes of various robotic technologies necessary for the quantification of motor impairments, such as stereotypical muscle synergies, spasticity and paralysis, that appear following stroke-induced brain injury. Deeper understanding of how these impairments impact movement will be shown to lead to the successful development of novel robot-mediated interventions. The discussion will include how impairment-based robotic interventions differ from conventional rehabilitation not only in quantitative control and level of intensity, but in the fundamental approach or strategy employed to achieve functional gains. Furthermore, considerations for successful transition to clinical practice will be highlighted including methods to increase acceptance by the therapist and patient such as merging entertainment with impairment-based rehabilitation robotics through the implementation of virtual gaming environments.

* Jules Dewald, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA
* Ana Maria Acosta, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA
* Jacob McPherson, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA
* Arno Stienen, University of Twente, The Netherlands

See you in Zurich,

Jules Dewald
Professor and Chair Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences
Professor Biomedical Engineering and Physical Med & Rehab.
Northwestern University