Date: Wednesday, 27th June; Afternoon  (1/2 day)

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.

The workshop will consist of invited talks from prominent experts in the field and peer-reviewed contributions submitted to the workshop. A panel discussion will be arranged at the end of the workshop with the aim to gather thoughts from the speakers and the audiences with respect to the future research directions.   

Confirmed Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Robot Assisted Training for The Upper Limb after Stroke (RATULS): Patient Trials
    Helen Bosomworth, Newcastle University, UK
  • Potential for Developing Wearable/Assistive Devices in Orthopaedics: Ideas and Future Direction
    Kamal Deep, Glasgow University, UK
  • Exoskeletons for Stroke Rehabilitation
    Venky Dubey, Bournemouth University, UK
  • Robotics for Motor Rehabilitation
    Rui Loureiro, University College London, UK
  • Soft Robotics for Rehabilitation
    Samia Nefti-Meziani, University of Salford, Manchester, UK
  • Knee Replacement and Reconstruction
    Dinesh Nathwani, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, UK
  • Wearable Brain-Computer Interfacing Systems for Assistive and Preventative Technologies
    Yodchanan Wongsawat, Maridol University, Salaya, Thailand
  • CARR: A Compliant Ankle Rehabilitation Robot for Patients with Neurological Disease
    ​Shane Xie, University of Leeds, UK

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)

Workshop Co-chairs

  • Kamal Deep, Glasgow University, UK
  • Venky Dubey, Bournemouth University, UK
  • Dinesh Nathwani,  Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, UK
  • Jackrit Suthakorn, Mahidol University, Thailand 
  • Oliver Wells, Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative, UK
  • Shane Xie, University of Leeds, UK
  • Guang-Zhong Yang, Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London, UK

Local Organisers

  •  Daniel Freer
  •  Benny P L Lo 
  •  Zhiqiang Zhang


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