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ICORR 2015 Workshop

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 Workshop affiliated with ICORR 2015

 

Robotic systems for training and assistance of walking

 

Statement of objectives

The development of robotic devices for training and assistance of walking has been gaining intensity in recent years. This development has been driven by the expectation that robot-assisted gait rehabilitation may reduce the physical load to the therapist during the training, may increase the training intensity, may allow a quantitative assessment of the patient’s performance and may improve a patient’s walking ability. Also, there are expected advantages outside of the rehabilitation field, such as the support of the elderly in performing daily living activities independently in their own homes, and the support of workers in specific working conditions. This increased research and development has led to new challenges in the design and control of robotic systems for walking assistance and rehabilitation. These robotic systems are no longer simply devices to support basic movements, but rather advanced robotic systems that enable, for example, training of natural walking through the appropriate degrees of freedom, postural balance control and adaptation to the abilities and physical and psychological state of the human user. In this workshop, different aspects of current research and development, the challenges of the field, and limiting factors in innovative robotic solutions for walking rehabilitation and assistance will be discussed. The results from four projects, beside other work of the selected invited speakers, will be used for illustration: CORBYS (www.corbys.eu), ALTACRO (altacro.vub.ac.be), SYMBITRON (www.symbitron.eu) and BALANCE (www.balance-fp7.eu). The presentations will highlight the issues related to the design and control of innovative robotic systems around the following topics:

- Overview of new developments in robotic systems for training and assistance of walking

- Systems engineering of advanced robotic systems for training and assistance of walking

- Actuator designs for human cooperative behavior in robotic systems for training and assistance of walking

- Balance control support in robotic systems for training and assistance of walking

- Human cooperative control strategies in robotic systems for training and assistance of walking

 

Intended audience

The intended audience of this workshop consists of researchers as well as students working in the field of robotics for walking rehabilitation and assistance, experts in clinical movement analysis and rehabilitation, biomechanics and human motor control

 

 

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