Tuesday 23rd June 2015; Half day (PM)

Royal Geographical Society, London, SW7 2AR

Workshop Aims

Wearable robots, actuated prostheses and exoskeletons have made significant inroads in recent years for functional rehabilitation, restoration of natural mobility and enhancing musculoskeletal strength and endurance. Assistive robots also play a key role in managing the ageing population for general activities of daily living and remote presence for linking to specialist centres. The emergence of novel actuation schemes based on smart materials and sensing technologies has enabled the development of new wearable and assistive robots. The workshop aims to provide a forum to bring together researchers, engineers, and healthcare practitioners from a diverse range of disciplines to present the current state-of-the-art in wearable and assistive robots. It will also address some of the major technical challenges and unmet healthcare demands that can potentially reshape the future of wearable and assistive robots.

Topics to be covered

  • Exoskeletons and actuated prostheses
  • Assistive robot design and control for healthcare applications
  • Novel kinematics, actuation schemes and smart materials
  • Bio-sensing and wearable sensing technologies
  • Neuro-interface for human robot interaction
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Design and Ergonomics (device design, cosmesis, comfort and user acceptance)
  • Clinical applications (e.g. post-surgical recover, stroke rehabilitation)

Format:

The workshop will consist of invited talks from prominent experts in the field and peer-reviewed contributions submitted to the workshop. A panel discussion will be arranged at the end of the workshop with the aim to gather thoughts from the speakers and the audiences with respect to the future research directions.   

Workshop Co-Chairs

  • Brian Davies, Emeritus Professor, Imperial College London, UK
  • Saeed Zahedi, Blatchflord Clinical Services, UK
  • Tom Clutton-Brock, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Yulun Wang, Intouch Health

Local Organisers

  • Jindong Liu, Imperial College London, UK
  • Benny Lo, Imperial College London, UK

Programme

  • Welcome 
  • Wearable Robots For Lower-Limb Movement Assistance - Nicola Vitiello, Wearable Robotics Laboratory, BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy 
  • Development of an Exo Leg for Disabled Use - Jawaad Bhatti, Blatchford Ltd, UK 
  • Adaptive Assistive Rehabilitative Technology – Beyond the Clinic (AART-BC) - Christopher  James, School of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK 
  • Soft Robotic Assist Devices - From Polymers to People  - Jonathan Rossiter, Soft Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Bristol University, UK 
  • A Low-Cost Pressure Sensitive Insole For Pervasive, Dynamic Gait Analysis  - Tom Burton, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, UK 
  • From Robots to Humans: The Role of Designers in Healthcare - Maja Kecman, HELIX Centre, Imperial College London, UK 
  • Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks