Tuesday 28th June 2016; Half day (PM)

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) 

Confirmed Speakers

  • Jane Burridge, Southampton University, UK
  • Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Brian Davies, Imperial College London, UK
  • Christopher James, University of Warwick, Coventry
  • Peter Kyberd, University of Greenwich, UK
  • Kianoush Nazarpour, Newcastle University, UK
  • Rich Walker, The Shadow Robot Company, UK
  • Saeed Zahedi, Chas A Blatchford & Sons, UK
  • Massimiliano Zecca, Loughborough University, UK


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


14:00 Welcome
  Brian Davies, Imperial College London, UK
14:10 Wearable technology for upper limb stroke rehabilitation
  Professor Jane Burridge, Professor of Restorative Neuroscience, Southampton University, UK
14:30 Challenges for rehabilitation: the need for understanding
  Prof. Massimiliano (Max) ZECCA, Professor of Healthcare Technology, Loughborough University, UK
14:50 On the use of a SmartWatch in behaviour monitoring
  Prof Christopher James, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry
15.10 Robot companions as assistive tools for children with autism
  Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn, Adaptive Systems Research Group, University of Hertfordshire, UK
15:30 Tea and Coffee break
16:00 Future Customised bespoke Exo leg with additive manufacture
  Professor Saeed Zahedi, Director of Chas A Blatchford & Sons, UK
16:20 Control of robot limbs - some lessons from prosthetic arms
  Prof. Peter Kyberd, Professor of Rehabilitation Cybernetics, University of Greenwich, UK
16:40 Intelligence compliance for rehabilitation and assistive technologies
  Prof. William Harwin, University of Reading, UK
17:00 Myoelectric Hands: Challenges and Opportunities
  Dr. Kianoush Nazarpour, Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering, Newcastle University, UK
17:20 Approaches to robots in assistance, rehab and care; perspectives from an SME
  Rich Walker, Director of The Shadow Robot Company UK
17:40 Concluding remarks


Royal Geographical Society, 
1 Kensington Gore, 


Sponsored by the EPSRC-NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operative Partnership Award: Technology Network on Devices for Surgery and Rehabilitation, in partnership with the Trauma HTC at Universitys Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust -  http://www.trauma.htc.nihr.ac.uk/.