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Venue and date: Singapore, August 14, 2015 (13:30 – 17:00)
Type: Half day workshop
Keywords: Benchmarking, wearable robots, walking, performance, human-machine interaction

Website: http://benchmarkinglocomotion.org/workshop-icorr2015/

This workshop is supported by the EU projects H2R (www.h2rproject.eu), BALANCE (www.balance-fp7.eu) and Biomot (www.biomotproject.eu) and by the recently created network on benchmarking bipedal locomotion (www.benchmarkinglocomotion.org)

Organizers:

Diego Torricelli, IEEE Member, Neural Rehabilitation Group, Spanish Research Council, Madrid
Jan Veneman, IEEE Member, Rehabilitation Application Area, Tecnalia Research and Innovation
Jose Gonzalez, IEEE Member, Neural Rehabilitation Group, Spanish Research Council, Madrid
Biographical sketches of the organizers: see speakers section

Theme (examples of proposed themes): Wearable assistive devices
Keywords: Benchmarking, wearable robots, walking, performance, human-machine interaction
Website: http://benchmarkinglocomotion.org/workshop-icorr2015/

Abstract
Wearable robots (WR) are entering an exciting era. An increasing number of solutions are moving out of the lab, approaching the everyday rehabilitation practice and home-based assistive applications. In this context, the quantitative assessment of the technology is crucial for its correct introduction in the market. Nevertheless, a systematic framework to evaluate the WR technology under all its facets is still lacking. In the framework of the three European projects H2R, Biomot and BALANCE, we are developing a scheme for the definition of specific benchmarks designed to lower limb WR, focused on both the global functional perspective and user-machine interaction.
This workshop wants to draw the attention of the WR community on the importance of having a common benchmarking perspective. We believe that reaching an international consensus will be extremely beneficial to boost the process of finding reliable methods to test and compare different rehabilitation systems and identifying robust metrics to measure the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of the solutions.
This workshop comes after a series of actions directed to involve the international community in the definition of real needs and critical issues related to benchmarking of lower limb functions. These actions included: 1) a web-based survey [1], which received more than 160 responses from robotics and clinical researchers, 2) several sessions and workshops in the WR and humanoids communities [2-5], 3) an international network ([6], [7]) specifically addressed to this topic, to support the clustering of people and ideas.
With this workshop we would like to make a step forward, and bring together different researchers already active in the development of evidence-based evaluation methods and protocols, with the goal of identifying the critical issues in translating these approaches into consented benchmarks. The workshop is organized in talks from experts in the field and a final round table covering different perspectives, including research, industrial, institutional and regulatory aspects.

List of the speakers:

Diego Torricelli, Neural Rehabilitation Group, Spanish Research Council, Madrid
Title of the presentation: A unified scheme for the benchmarking of walking functions

Jan Veneman, Rehabilitation Application Area, Tecnalia Research and Innovation
Title of the presentation: Benchmarking of balance performance in perturbed standing and walking

Jose Gonzalez, Neural Rehabilitation Group, Spanish Research Council, Madrid
Title of the presentation: Benchmarking the interaction between human and exoskeleton

Robert Riener ETH Zurich
Title of the presentation: Cybathlon: Benchmarking Assistive Devices

Dr. Rajiv Dubey, Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Center for Assistive, Rehabilitation & Robotics Technologies (CARRT)

Gurvinder Virk, University of Gävle, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Title of the presentation: Benchmarking safety for wearable robots

 

About the author:

Neural Rehabilitation Group, Cajal Institute
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain

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Workshop @ ICORR 2015: “Benchmarking lower limb wearable robots: towards practical and evidence-based solutions”

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