10 December 2020

Two decades of rehabilitation and assistive robotics: lessons learned and future challenges

Workshop at I-RIM 3D 2020 Conference


During the last two decades Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics was characterized by a pioneering stage where several different devices have been developed, even though only few have reached the market. To meaningfully assist and rehabilitate humans, robotic devices have to correctly infer the intended goal of the users and to enhance their active involvement. It is therefore fundamental to find the most appropriate interfacing system for the specific patient. In fact, each subject has different needs and these differences have to be taken into account in developing assistive and rehabilitation solutions. Rehabilitation and assistive devices should be able to adapt their behaviour on patients motor improvements and needs. Furthermore, it is fundamental for the patients to have an active control on the robotic technology to improve the level of safety and acceptability of the platform, but also to improve subject quality of life and level of autonomy. Another important aspect to be taken into account, especially in this period of pandemic, is to provide systems for home-based use.

Several experimental clinical trials have been carried out and initial encouraging proofs of effectiveness have been provided, despite the low number of randomized control trials.

This half-day workshop aims to bring together engineers and medical doctors to critically discuss the current status and clinical evidence and offer insights of challenges to be faced in the next 5-10 years. The workshop will focus on a close interaction between speakers and attendees in order to promote a discussion and active participation

Maria Chiara Carrozza

Fondazione Don Gnocchi and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy

Giovanni Morone

IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia, Rome, Italy

Domenico Prattichizzo

University of Siena and Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy

Robert Riener

Sensory-Motor Systems Lab, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Ann-Marie Hughes

University of Southampton, UK

Michelle Johnson

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Josè Gonzales-Vargas

Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH, Germany

Eugenio Guglielmelli

Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Italy

Francesca Cordella

Università Campus Bio-Medico, Roma, Italy

Stefano Mazzoleni

Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy

Gionata Salvietti

University of Siena, Siena, Italy

Antonio Frisoli

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy

Instruction for attending the meeting

Follow this link: https://i-rim.it/it/programma-irim-2020/