Date: Wednesday, 28th June; Afternoon

Workshop Aims

As robots have become increasingly intertwined in the daily lives of humans, understanding of the interaction between robotic and human environments has also improved. Translating physiological signals into computational data has spurred the development of a variety of assistive and rehabilitation robots for many different purposes. In particular, research into the Brain Computer Interface (BCI) has broken down barriers for the physically disabled, enhancing rehabilitation for paretic patients and allowing control of movements for paraplegic patients that would otherwise be impossible. In addition to this, BCI research has given insight into the mental workings of healthy subjects such as surgeons, improving the safety of high risk operations. This 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 Brain Computer Interface research for health applications. It will also address some of the major technical challenges and unmet healthcare demands that can potentially reshape the future of rehabilitation robots.    

Topics to be covered

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Robotic rehabilitation
  • Assistive robots
  • Wearable robots and exoskeletons
  • Brain-computer interface
  • BCI applications to healthy subjects


  • Daniel Freer, Imperial College London, UK
  • Daniel Leff, Imperial College London, UK


14:00 Introduction
  Brian Davies, Imperial College London, UK
14:10 Safety of Wearable Robots
  Gurvinder Virk, CLAWAR & Innotec UK, UK
14:30 Wearable Robots: Translational and Rehabilitative Challenges
  Luciano Bissolotti, Casa di Cura Ancelle, Italy
14:50 Wearable Robots and Neuroprosthetics for Tremor Suppression
  Jose Pons, Cajal Institute, CSIC, Spain
15:10 Tea and Coffee Break
15:40 Decoding Muscular Signals for Human-Robot Interaction
  Dario Farina, Imperial College London, UK
16:00 Brain Machine Interfaces for Motor Rehabilitation
  Ander Ramos-Murguialday, University of Tübingen, Germany
16:20 Bringing BMI Out of the Lab and Into Our Lives: Technical and Neuroethical Challenges
  Surjo Soekadar, University of Tübingen, Germany
16:40 Enhancing Human Collaboration with Artificial Intelligence Systems Through Brain Computer Interfaces
  Erin Solovey, Drexel University, USA
17:00 Discussion
17:30 Concluding Remarks


Royal Geographical Society, 
1 Kensington Gore,