RAR 2018

June 29th 2018, Bogota, Colombia, Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito


Mobility is one of the most important human faculties and can be defined as the ability of an individual to move freely through multiple environments and perform daily personal tasks with ease. Evidences show that mobility restrictions are associated with cognitive and psychosocial disturbances, which further impairs the quality of life of the individual. Different conditions, such as stroke, spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy affect human mobility causing partial or total loss of locomotion capacities. In addition, it is known that mobility decreases gradually with age as a consequence of neurological, muscular and/or osteoarticular deterioration.

Neuroscience has found that specific, repetitive and intensive training induces neuronal plasticity and therefore a cortical reorganization of brain damage. In order to improve the locomotor training of patients with reduced mobility, several robotic devices have been proposed as alternatives to be used in therapeutic interventions. The combination of electromechanical assisted gait training along with physical therapy increases a patient's chances of reaching autonomous locomotion. New technologies have emerged to improve the life conditions of people with motor impairments. Soft robotics, design, either due to the hardware or control, has led to the emergence of several promising applications to improve the life conditions of this population. Additionally, solutions to assist daily living require robust interfaces that allow for natural control. These interfaces may rely on diverse modalities information that can be related with the intention, preparation and generation of voluntary movement, either at mechanical or neural level.

This seminar aims at discussing the pertinence and the feasibility of the establishment of human-robot interfaces to enhance assistive and rehabilitation device’s interaction performance. We invite participants from a variety of backgrounds (i.e. physiotherapist, physiatrist, engineers, scientist, patients, clinical researchers and industry) to share their experiences on the requirements and challenges implementing and deploying rehabilitation and assistive robotics in the context of developing countries.


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José María Azorín

Miguel Hernández University of Elche (Spain)

Sara Múnera

WHEE Organization CEO (Colombia)

Martin Stoelen

Plymouth University (U.K.)



The primary topics of interest include, but not limited to:

  • Exoskeletons and Assistive Devices
  • Prosthetics and orthotics
  • Human-in-the-loop Control of Robotic Systems
  • Human-Robot Interfaces
  • Brain machine interfaces in rehabilitation
  • Novel Sensors and Actuators for Human-Robot Interaction
  • Case Studies, Experiments, Ethics and Outreach
  • Objective Measures: How to Quantify Efficacy, Safety and Intuitiveness in Human-Robot Interaction?


Papers can be submitted via the following submition site. Please submit your paper in PDF format by the May 29th, 2018.


The paper format conforms to:

  • The allowed length is between 2 and 3 pages (including the references) depending on the contribution of the work (position papers, previous/ongoing work or novel work). Submitted papers should conform to the IEEE publication format . The results described in the submission must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. For templates and examples follow this link: Template. The papers must be written in English.

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Registration of participants

Introduction from the organizers

Short presentations

Coffee Break

Sara Múnera: Design challenges for inclusive technology

Discussion Topic I

José María Azorín: Brain-Machine Interfaces for Rehabilitation based on Exoskeletons

Lunch Break

Discussion Topic 2

Martin Stoelen: Soft and variable-stiffness robotic arms

Discussion Topic 3

Plenary Discussion

Wrap up and Farewell


  • Carlos A. Cifuentes (Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito)
  • Marcela Múnera (Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito)
  • Dr. Catalina Gómez (Clínica Universidad de la Sabana)
  • Sergio Sierra (Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito)
  • Miguel Sanchez (Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito)
  • Felipe Ballen (Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito)



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