2nd International Seminar on Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics

RAR 2019

October 4th 2019, Bogotá D.C., Colombia,

Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito


In the last years, the rise of medical robotics has paralleled the rapid advances in technology, computers, and engineering. On the one hand, rehabilitation robotics reinforces associative learning by providing repetitive therapy to various impairments. A major drive for development in this direction is the scarce availability of skilled labor to perform these repetitions with the accuracy that robots display. This emphasizes the active component of motor learning, whereby too much guidance results in diminished motor learning. On the other hand, assistive devices such as upper-limb prosthetics, help patients to perform activities of daily living with ease and, in most cases, cost-effectiveness.

In this regard, new technologies have emerged to improve the living conditions of people who have suffered from motor impairments or amputations. Assistive robotics, implemented either by means of a hardware adaptation or high-level control approaches, has led to the appearance of several promising applications to improve the independence of such affected population. In pursuit of effective recovery alternatives, these solutions require robust interfaces that allow natural and compliant control. These interfaces may rely on diverse modalities based on motion intention and generation of voluntary movement, either at a mechanical or neural level, and whose effects on pathological subjects still need further research.

After the successful RAR2018, this second intenational 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 (e.g. 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.


August 16th, 2019


August 30th, 2019

September 20th, 2019


August 30th, 2019


October 4th, 2019


Prof. Dr. Samer Mohammed

LISSI - University of Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC), France

Dr. Jan F Veneman

Hocoma AG, Volketswil, Switzerland

Eng. Jorge Robledo

Founder of Prótesis Avanzadas SAS, Colombia

He received his M.S. degrees from the University of Montpellier (UM) and the Ph.D. degree in computer science from the Laboratory of Computer Science, Robotic and Microelectronic of Montpellier (LIRMM/CNRS), Montpellier. In November 2016, he received the Habilitation degree in wearable robotics from the University of Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC). He is currently an Associate Professor with the Laboratory of Images, Signals and Intelligent Systems (LISSI) of the University of Paris-Est Créteil, Créteil, France. Dr. Mohammed was recipient of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship Award to conduct a Postdoc at the Joint Robotics Laboratory (JRL, CNRS-AIST), Japan. His current research interests include modeling, identification, and control of robotic systems (wearable robots), artificial intelligence, and decision-support theory with target applications on the functional assisting of dependent people.

Expert in wearable and rehabilitation robotics, especially robots for mobility training and support. Educated as mechanical engineer and philosopher of science, technology and society; graduated in 2007 on the “design and evaluation of the gait rehabilitation robot LOPES”. From 2008-2018 he worked in Tecnalia, a private research institute, working on robotic systems for rehabilitation. Since 2018 he works as Technical Project Manager in Hocoma AG, the world-leading manufacturer of robotic devices for neuro-rehabilitation, coordinating projects in the field of lower extremity rehabilitation (gait and balance). Related to these topics, he is Scientific and Management Committee Chair of the European wide COST Action Wearable Robots (CA16116 - and until end 2017 was PI and coordinator of the FP7 BALANCE project( .

He is an electronic engineer from the University of Antioquia, Colombia, and inventor of the robotic upper-limb orthoses commercialized by the Colombian company "Prótesis Avanzadas". He started this project in 2010, when he decided to devote his life to creating a robotic hand. Currently, he oversees the Innovation and Development Department of this company, as his skills are mainly oriented at the design and development of digital electronics, the CAD design and 3D-printing, the production of printed circuit boards, trials and tests. He has also received various national awards such as the 1st Bavaria Award "Destapa Futuro" and the Enterprise Creativity Award contest in the category "Empowerment of victims of the armed conflict" in 2017. Additionally, he has been finalist of the Everis contest and the Titans contest organized by the TV station Caracol.



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

  • 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 submission 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: Paper template. The papers must be written in English.

Final documents for accepted paper:


All registrations include the registration kit (badge, notebook and pen), coffe break and parking-lot fees. The price list may be found below in Colombian pesos. The web site for online payment is included for each attendant category hereunder.

By August 30th

$30.000 COP

$21.000 COP

$15.000 COP

By September 20th

$40.000 COP

$31.000 COP

$25.000 COP

Event day

$60.000 COP

$51.000 COP

$45.000 COP


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Registration of participants

Introduction from the organizers

Short presentations

Coffee Break

Prof. Samer Mohammed

Discussion Topic I

Entr. Jorge Robledo

Lunch Break

Discussion Topic 2

Dr. Jan F Veneman

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)
  • Luis Arciniegas Mayag (Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito)
  • Daniel Gómez Vargas (Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito)



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