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Intuitive Bidirectional Control of Bionic Limbs: Bringing across Academia, Clinics, and Industry

Workshop W46 - Workshop Room 10
September 24th 2023 - 16:00 to 17:30
Register at https://www.rehabweek.org/

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Developing successful bionic limb technologies is an endeavor that needs a deep understanding of diverse aspects spanning from rehabilitation medicine to biomechanics, engineering, and technology transfer. For such innovations to have a true impact in society, it is necessary to consider not only new scientific and technological ideas, but also the requirements of all stakeholders (e.g., healthcare system, clinicians, regulatory agencies, producers, etc.), as well as business-related factors (e.g., operation cost, market placement, etc.). This hands-on workshop discusses the development of next-generation bionic limb technologies in the context of three major aspects: scientific advances, clinical translation, and industrial exploitation.

The scheduled talks will present latest scientific advances in mechatronic design, control, and sensory feedback towards the creation of powered prostheses that operate as an extension of the human body. That is, the prostheses that are controlled by the human nervous system and provide sensory feedback to the amputee to enhance proprioception and embodiment.

The presenters will provide live DEMOs of bionic limb related technologies including powered prosthetic legs, real-time myoelectric musculoskeletal models for control, and real-time somatosensory feedback technologies. The proposed setting will move the workshop beyond the classical presentation-based paradigm and it will provide direct insights into relevant bionic limb-related problems and solution.

Invited speakers: Prof. Hugh Herr (MIT), Prof. He (Helen) Huang (NCSU), Dr. Levi Hargrove (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab), Dr. Lorenzo De Michieli (IIT), Dr. Manuel G. Catalano (IIT), Prof. Dr. Johan Rietman (UTwente, Roessingh R&D), Dr. Jose Gonzalez (Ottobock).

Schedule at a glance

  • 16:00 - 16:05 - Dr. Jose Gonzalez-Vargas

    SimBionics: Neuromechanical Simulation and Sensory Feedback for the Control of Bionic Legs

  • 16:05 - 16:15 - Prof. He (Helen) Huang

    Myoelectric Control of Robotic Lower Limb Prostheses

  • 16:15 - 16:25 - Dr. Matteo Laffranchi

    An embedded noninvasive proprioceptive feedback interface for upper limb prostheses: implementation on the Hannes prosthetic hand

  • 16:25 - 16:35 - Dr. Manuel G. Catalano

    The SoftFoot: a novel approach to foot-ground adaptability

  • 16:35 - 17:10 - Demos

  • 17:10 - 17:30 - Prof. Hugh Herr (Online)

    Proprioceptive and Cutaneous Mechanoneural Interfaces for the Bidirectional Control of Bionic Limbs

Invited speakers

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Prof. Hugh Herr

Massachussets Institute of Technology

Prof. He (Helen) Huang

North Carolina State University

Dr. Manuel G. Catalano

Italian Institute of Technology

Dr. Matteo Laffranchi

Italian Institute of Technology

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019 – SimBionics