2014 International Workshop on Wearable Robotics
Baiona, (Spain)
September 14-19

Dear colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 2014 International Workshop on Wearable Robotics (WeRob2014) that will take place in Baiona (Spain) from September 14 to 19 of 2014.

WeRob2014 is organised by the Bioengineering Group at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston, the Tecnológico de Monterrey, and the University of Twente. International speakers from academia, government, industry, medical centers, and end users will discuss challenges and potential solutions leading to the development of wearable robotics technologies supporting advanced therapeutic interventions in major neurological diseases (e.g. Cerebrovascular Accidents, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy).

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Baiona September 2014!

- Important deadlines -
Short Abstract: April 15, 2014
Notification: May 15, 2014
Final Submission: June 15, 2014
Payment: July 1, 2014

- Chair and Co-Chair -

- José L. Pons, Bioengineering Group, Spanish National Research Council
- José L. Contreras-Vidal, Departments of Electrical & Computer Eng. and Biomedical Eng. University of Houston

- Sessions –

- Opening Ceremony : Robot Suits for the Long-Lived and Healthy Society (with demonstration of HAL exoskeleton) by Prof. Yoshiyuki Sankai
Director, Center for Cybernics Research Professor, Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba President & CEO, CYBERDYNE Inc.

- International Consensus on Clinical Application Scenarios for Wearable Robots
o Dr. Marco Molinari, FSL, Italy
o Prof. A. Esquenazi, John Otto Haas Chair and Prof. Dep. of PM&R & Chief Medical
Officer, MossRehab
o Dr. Robert Grossman, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute.
o Prof. Z. Rymer, Chicago Rehabilitation Institute
o Prof. V. Dietz, Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland
o Dr. A. Gil-Agudo, HNPT, Toledo, Spain

- International Consensus on Neural Interfacing with WRs
o Prof. J. del R. Millán, EPFL, Switzerland
o Prof. J.M. Azorín, UMH, Spain
o Prof. Jose Contreras-Vidal, University of Houston, TX
o Prof. Seong-Whan Lee, Korea University
o Prof. D. Farina, University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany

- International Consensus on Benchmarking, Regulatory aspects
o Dr. J. Veneman, Tecnalia, Spain
o Cristin Welle, FDA, USA
o Mr. F. Thorsteinsson, Ossur, Iceland

- International consensus on Design Challenges of Wearable Robots
o Prof. H. van der Kooij, University of Twente, The Netherlands
o Prof. R. Riener, Sensory-Motor Systems Lab, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
o Prof. Sankai, Tsukuba University and Cyberdyne
o Prof. D. Lefeber, VUB, Belgium

- Panel discussion: International research opportunities for international cooperative projects
o Mrs. T. de Martino, European Commission, Communications Networks, Content and
o Dr. C. Klein, European Commission, Research Programme Office Robotics
o NSF representative (National Robotics Initiative)
o NIH representative (National Robotics Initiative)
o DARPA representative

- International consensus on Translational and Industrial/Market Challenges/Opportunities
o Mr. F. Thorsteinsson, Ossur, Iceland

- International consensus on Advanced Control Methods for Wearable robots
o Dr. J. Moreno, CSIC
o Dr. N. Vitielo, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
o Prof. S. Shimoda, Riken
o Prof. D. Reinkensmeyer, UC Irvine
o Prof. J. Buchli, ETH Zürich (To be confirmed)
o Prof. G. Virk, KTH Royal Inst of Tech.

- Demonstrations -

o CSIC-Technaid S.L., H2 exoskeleton, Prof. J.L. Pons and J.O. Roa
o NASA JSC, X1 exoskeleton
o Rexbionics, Richard Little, CEO
o Ekso Bionics
o Rewalk
o Indigo (Parker)
o Short (15 min.) presentations by EU projects

Baiona, both a tourist destination and an active fishing port, is located in the south of the Rias Baixas region, and is protected from the open sea by a breathtakingly beautiful bay. Its geographical location offers natural, unsurpassable protection for fishing and leisure sailing vessels alike. The climate is characterized by mild temperatures throughout the year. The town's old quarter was declared an "Area of Historical and Artistic interest" by the Galician Regional Government on March 1, 1993, to mark the five hundredth anniversary of the arrival of The Pinta, a caravel-type vessel used by Christopher Columbus, which arrived in Baiona with news of the discovery of America

For further and up-to-date information, please visit the conference website: www.werob2014.org

2014 International Workshop on Wearable Robotics Organization