IEEE Robotics and Automation Society IEEE

Contact

Co-chairs:

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Van Der Loos, Machiel
British Columbia University, Canada
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Wada, Kazuyoshi
Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
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loredana zollo
Zollo, Loredana
Università Campus Bio-Medico, Rome, Italy
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Activities

  • Special Issue on Assistive Robotics for IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine Special Issue November 1, 2011 - USA, Contact Information: Loredana Zollo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) The call for papers is now open. Deadline for paper submission is March 01, 2012To submit a paper, go here: http://ras.papercept.net/journals/ra-mag/scripts/login.pl
  • Workshop on New and Emerging Technologies in Assistive Robotics @ IROS2011 Workshop September 26, 2011 - San Francisco, California, Contact Information: Kazuyoshi Wada (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) A half-day workshop will be held in conjunction with IROS 2011 in San Francisco, California. The workshop is scheduled for Monday, September 26, 2011. Extended abstract submission is now open. The deadline is July 25, 2011.
  • Contribution to "Springer Handbook of Medical Technology" Book August 30, 2011 - Boston Contact Information: Loredana Zollo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) The Handbook offers a broad introduction to the world of medical technology, fully considering today’s progress and further development in all relevant fields. It includes one part dedicated to 'Therapeutic Devices' and one chapter on rehabilitation and therapeutic robotics. The Handbook will be presented @ EMBC '11 in Boston, Massachusetts, 30 Aug 2011 - 3 Sep 2011
  • Special Issue on Assistive Robotics submitted to IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine Publication - Journal Special Issue April 14, 2011 - USA Contact Information: Loredana Zollo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) A proposal for a special issue on Assistive Robotics has been submitted to RAM and is currently under evaluation by the Editorial Board. If approved, the Call for Papers is expected to appear by the end of 2011.
  • Special Session on Rehabilitation Robotics @EMBC Organized Session July 30, 2010 - Buenos Aires, Argentina, Contact Information: Dino Accoto (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) Two oral sessions on rehabilitation robotics will be held on September 2 and 3, respectively, and one poster session will be held on September 1. The organized sessions are sponsored by the RAS TC on Rehabilitation & Assistive Robotics
  • Workshop on Future Trends in Rehabilitation Robotics @ BioRob2010 Workshop July 30, 2010 - Tokyo, Japan, Contact Information: Aracil Nicolas M. Garcia (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Workshop on Rehabilitation and Assistive Robots for an Aging Society Workshop May 7, 2010 - Anchorage, Alaska, Contact Information: Michelle Johnson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) A half-day workshop will be held in conjuction with ICRA 2010 in Anchorage, Alaska. The workshop is scheduled for Friday, May 7, 2010 (2:00pm - 5:30pm). Co-chairs: Michelle Johnson, Loredana Zollo, Kazuyoshi Wada
  • Submission of a Special Session Proposal @ EMBC2010 Organized Session February 10, 2010 - Buenos Aires, Argentina. Contact Information: Dino Accoto (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) Title: Adaptive robots for assistance and rehabilitation. Organizers: Dino Accoto, Panagiotis Artemiadis, Herman van der Kooij The organized session is sponsored by the RAS TC on Rehabilitation & Assistive Robotics
  • Special Issue on Rehabilitation Robotics for T-RO Publication - Journal Special Issue October 29, 2008 - USA. Contact Information: Eugenio Guglielmelli (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) Reactions to the special issue for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics were great. We received over 65 submissions. The paper submission deadline was Sept 22, 2008. It is now closed. The paper submissions are being reviewed.
  • Workshop on Gerontechnology Workshop October 19, 2008 - BioRob' 08 Scottsdale Arizona. Contact Information: Michelle Johnson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We held a great workshop at the Biomedical Robotics conference. We hope to have similar workshops at ICORR '09 and RO-MAN '09.
  • Special Issue on Rehabilitation Robotics of the Transactions on Robotics Publication - Journal special issue October 24, 2007 - USA. Contact Information: Eugenio Guglielmelli (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) A proposal for a special issue on Rehabilitation Robotics has been submitted to the T-RO and it is currently under evaluation by the Editorial Board. If approved, the Call for Papers is expected to appear at the beginning of 2008.
  • Approval of the First EURON Summer School on Rehabilitation Robotics Summer School September 30, 2007 - Elche Spain. Contact Information: Eugenio Guglielmelli (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The TC provided technical co-sponsorship to the first EURON School on Rehabilitation Robotics that will be held in Elche (Spain) next March 2008. The School is sponsored by the European Robotics Netowrk (EURON) but open to participants from any countries. General Chair: Nicolas Garcia. Programme Co-chairs: Eugenio Guglielmelli and Hermano Igo Krebs.
  • Japan National Workshop on Assistive Technologies Workshop June 30, 2007 - Tokyo Japan. Contact Information: Takanori Shibata (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) The TC provided technical co-sponsorship to this very successful national event was organized in Japan by Takanori Shibata. More than 400 participants (researchers, clinicians, end-users) attended the event. 
  • Contribution to the new ARS (Advanced Robotic Systems ) book on rehabilitation robotics Publication - Book May 1, 2007 - Vienna, Austria. Contact Information: Loredana Zollo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) The book is intended to gather most recent results in Rehabilitation Robotics research field. Three chapters of the book have been edited by the TC co-chairs.
  • IARP/IEEE-RAS/EURON Workshop on Technical Challenges for Dependable Robots in Human Environments Workshop April 16, 2007 - Rome Italy. Contact Information: Eugenio Guglielmelli (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) This workshop was organized in conjunction with ICRA 2007 and attended by 60 invited top experts from academia, industry and national research agencies. The programme included several contributions related to human-centred robot design and application to medical and rehabilitation robotics. International Programme Committee Chair: Eugenio Guglielmelli
  • Workshop on Perspectives in Rehabilitation Robotics Workshop April 14, 2007 - rome italy A full-day workshop was held in conjuction with ICRA 2007 in Rome. More than 50 registered participants attended the event. The woekshop proceedings were distributed to participants and are also available online through the ICRA 2007 website. Co-chairs: Michelle Johnson, Craig Carignan, Carlo Avizzano, Eugenio Guglielmelli and Takanori Shibata
  • International Workshop on Motor Learning in Stroke Recovery ‘Rehabilitation Think Tank’ Workshop March 25, 2007 - Rome, Italy. Contact Information: Eugenio Guglielmelli (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) This event gathered in Rome a selected group of top international experts in bioengineering and medicine for discussing the perspectives of the emerging rehabilitation technologies. More than 100 participants from 13 countries in Europe, USA and Japan attended the event.
  • Special Issue on Rehabilitation Robotics of the JNER (Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation) Publication - Journal Special Issue January 31, 2007 - USA. Contact Information: Michelle Johnson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Publication - Journal Special Issue January 15, 2007 - USA. Guest Editors: - Adriana Tapus (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) - Maja Mataric' (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Proposal for organization of a workshop on rehabilitation robotics at ICORR 2007 Conference Workshop December 30, 2006 - Maastricht, Belgium. Contact Information: Michelle Johnsson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • A new textbook on Neuro-Robotics Publication - Book December 1, 2006 - Italy. Contact Information: Paolo Dario (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. An initiative promoted by prof. Paolo Dario that is also the outcome of the Summer School held this year in Bressanone, Italy
  • Organization of 5th IARP/IEEE-RAS/EURON International Workshop on Technical Challenges for Dependable Robots in Human Environments Workshop November 15, 2006 - Rome Contact Information: Eugenio Guglielmelli (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) This event will be held in Rome, Italy on April 14-16 in conjunction with ICRA 2007. Eugenio Guglielmelli is chairing the International Programme Committee.
  • Special Issue on Robotic Platforms for Neuroscience of the International Journal 'Advanced Robotics' Publication - Journal special issue October 16, 2006 - Japan Contact Information: Eugenio Guglielmelli (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Support to the organization of one summer school on Neuro-Robotics at Bressanone (Italy) Summer School September 25, 2006 - Bressanone (Italy) 
  • Proposal for organization of an international joint workshop with NSF on 'Point of care robotic and automation technologies for stroke neurorehabilitaion' Workshop September 21, 2006 - Spain. Contact Information: Michelle J. Johnson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) The event will be held in conjunction with the 2007 AAATE International Conference
  • Submission of a Special Session proposal and supervision of the rehabilitation robotics track @ ICRA 2007 Organized Session September 15, 2006 - Rome (Italy)
  • Organization of a workshop on 'New perspectives on rehabilitation robotics' @ ICRA 2007 Workshop September 15, 2006 - Rome (Italy) (proposal under evaluation)
  • Organization of a Special Issue on Rehabilitation Robotics of the IEEE EMBS Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering Publication - Journal special issue September 15, 2006 - USA. Contact Information: Maria Chiara Carrozza (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Support to the organization of one summer school on Neuro-Robotics at Umea (Sweden) Summer School August 20, 2006 - UMEA (Sweden)
  • First Symposium on Neuro-Developmental Engineering Workshop May 30, 2006 - Rome. Contact Information: Flavia Salvadori (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Support to the organization and execution of "The first IEEE / RAS-EMBS International Conference" (BioRob 2006) -- Rehabilitation Robotics Track Conference February 20, 2006 - Pisa (Italy)
  • Special Issue on Rehabilitation Robotics for T-RO TC Team February 1, 2006 - Italy. Contact Information: Eugenio Guglielmelli (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Members of the TC scientific support team: Loredana Zollo: (Post-doc fellow at the University Campus Bio-Medico in Rome (Italy)) - Duygun Erol, Vanderbilt University: Dominic Nathan, Marquette University

Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics

Scope:

The goal of Rehabilitation Robotics is to investigate the application of robotics in motor therapy procedures for recovering motor control and motor capabilities in persons with impairment following such diseases as stroke, as well as to develop robotic and mechatronic technical aids for independent living for disabled and elderly people.

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The recent advances of rehabilitation procedures, methodologies and tools tends to include more and more the cognitive aspects of motor control, also exploiting the new technologies for brain imaging, which allows to close the loop' from brain to action. This gives an increased role to robotics, which can be fruitfully employed in the rehabilitation of neuro-motor functions and motor capabilities, by providing tools that are in their nature flexible and programmable and that allow to set and assess procedures quantitatively. Robotic tools have been effectively applied not only to motor rehabilitation but also to support the psychological enrichment of the elderly.

At the same time, the development of assistive technology for the disabled and the elderly, after a period of a slow but steady scientific progress, seems to be mature for new research and application break-throughs by combining human-centred design methodologies with integrated micro-mechatronic and robotic systems. New important research projects in this field have been recently launched both at academic and industrial level worldwide, e.g. in Europe , Japan and Korea .

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The growing interest in this area of robotics research is shown worldwide by the success of focused publications and events, like the special issue on rehabilitation robotics of the journal Autonomous Robots (2003), the ICORR conference (International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics), held biannually and the special sessions organized at latest ICRA, IROS, ICAR. The new event promoted by the RAS jointly with the EMBS, the BioRob Conference (International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics), explicitly includes rehabilitation robotics among the main topics.

Website:

http://www-arts.sssup.it/IEEE_TC_RehaRob/