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The 5th ASU Rehabilitation Robotics Workshop is scheduled — save the date!

Monday–Tuesday, February 6–7, 2017
Memorial Union (MU), Tempe campus [map]
Register to attend — the event is free and open to all

ASU’s workshop explores the state-of-art robotics technologies being used in healthcare, the challenges in advancing rehabilitation robotics and looks at a multitude of areas in science and engineering that are increasingly studying the potential of human-robot interaction.

The workshop is supported by a Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Solutions grant to the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering.

The previous four events have resulted in participants forming research collaborations and teaming up to develop grant proposals, and to propose ideas for taking new directions for studies, research and technology development in the field and valuable opportunities for students to meet and talk to leading experts in the fields of rehabilitation engineering as well as industry and clinical partners.

The agenda features plenary speaker; Dario Farina, Neville Hogan and Randolph Nudo among other esteemed experts:

  • Dario Farina, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London
    • Expertise: Motor control and biomedical signal processing, EMG
  • Neville Hogan, Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Expertise: Controlling physical interaction (between humans, robots and tools), human biomechanics and dexterous control of movement, agile dynamic locomotion in humans and robots
  • Randolph Nudo, Professor and Vice Chair of Research; Director, Landon Center on Aging, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Kansas
    • Expertise: Rehabilitative training on functional plasticity after stroke, and is a frequent speaker at national and international symposia on stroke, neurology, physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Robert Gaunt, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    • Expertise: sensorimotor control and the development of neuroprosthetic devices. He works on developing methods to restore and improve bladder function using electrical stimulation of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves and on interfaces with the spinal cord and brain to monitor natural sensory activity and generate artificial sensations. These technologies will enable advanced neuroprosthetic devices with sensory capabilities.
  • He (Helen) Huang, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Center, Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University
    • Expertise: Neural-machine interface; prosthetics and orthotics; control of wearable robotics
  • Mark Humayan, Associate Director of Research, USC Eye Institute at the Keck School of Medicine, Professor of Cell and Neurobiology
    • Expertise: Electrical stimulation of the retina, retinal prosthesis, retinal disease, instrumentation for Vitreoretinal Surgery, ophthalmic instrumentation, micro and nano electronics in medicine, retinal electrical prosthesis, retinal disease, including retinal degeneration, retinal vein occlusion, retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration, nanotechnology, medical bioengineering
  • Peter S. Lum, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Catholic University of America
    • Expertise: Interventions to aid rehabilitation after neurological injury. developing robotic devices for rehabilitation of upper extremity function, studying motor learning and performance limitations in amputee populations, and continuing work in telerehabilitation technologies
  • Marcia O’Malley, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Rice University
    • Expertise: Design and control of haptic interfaces and bilateral tele-manipulation systems, human-machine interfaces for human-assisted movement and the modeling of human-robot interactions
  • James Patton, Senior Research Scientist Director, National Center for Rehabilitation Robotics, Sensory Motor Performance Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    • Expertise: neural control of human movement; Robotics for therapeutic neuro-rehabilitation; automatic control; mechatronics; haptics; human-machine interfaces; robotic teaching; control of balance
  • Nicolas Schweighofer, Associate Professor, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy,  University of Southern California
    • Expertise: Computational models of motor learning and neural plasticity in healthy and lesioned brains. Optimization of learning via adaptive practice schedules in healthy and stroke subjects
  • ASU faculty Marco Santello, Panagiotis Artemiadis, Claire Honeycutt, Hyunglae Lee and Sydney Schaefer will also be speaking

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