Call: Wearable Robotics for Assistance and Rehabilitation (WRAR) at CLAWAR 2017

Call for Papers

Wearable Robotics for Assistance and Rehabilitation (WRAR)
A Special Session within the coming
CLAWAR 2017 – 20th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines
Oporto, Portugal, September 11-13, 2017
https://clawar.org/clawar2017/

Theme: Rehabilitation and assistive robotics

Submission deadline: 01 February 2017

ABOUT THE SPECIAL SESSION:

The adoption of novel active wearable devices, either for daily assistance or clinical rehabilitation, requires new approaches to ultimately enable efficient treatments and better facilitation of movement for individuals who present loss of motor abilities. In particular, since these devices interact directly with humans there are major challenges that still need to be addressed such as acceptance, effectiveness, safety and functionality. Thus, there is a need to consider further the knowledge from complementary disciplines such as neuronal sciences, human-centered design, computer science, biomechanics, neuroscience, and psychology. This will enable to design the wearable devices as a natural extension of the human body, a fundamental feature for sustainability of such system.

The proposed session will bring talks to provide insights on these multiple challenges with perspectives from engineers and medical doctors while focusing on aspects of human-robot interaction and interface technologies. It will gather knowledge from these disciplines focusing on the development of human-oriented approaches to assist and rehabilitation gait function after neurological injuries. The intended list of speakers is expected to cover the above-mentioned fields.

This session is primarily addressed to young researchers (PhD and advanced Master students), researchers and professionals interested in Medical Robotics such as Assistive and Rehabilitation and in the new perspectives in this field. The workshop provides a unique opportunity for faculty, students, industry and the general public to come together and learn about the latest advances in these fields of medical robotics. The idea is to discuss current needs and future directions of human-robot interactive and rehabilitation systems from both the clinical and industrial point of view. The participants will get in touch with other colleagues in the field and they will have the opportunity to improve their knowledge through the presented talks.

Invited speakers will be announced soon.

SUBMISSION:

We invite submission of full draft papers to this Special Session, in PDF format and up to a maximum of 8 pages, using the URL (https://www.softconf.com/g/clawar2017). Authors should follow the guidelines of the template available at the paper submission page of the conference web-site by the indicated deadline.

All contributions will be refereed and accepted papers will appear in the Conference Proceedings, which will be published by World Scientific Publishing Company. A selection of presented papers will also be recommended for possible publication in reputable international journals.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Submission of full draft Papers / Posters: 01 February 2017
Notification of Paper / Poster Acceptance: 15 March 2017
Submission of Final (accepted) Papers / Posters: 12 April 2017
Conference: 11 – 13 September 2017

ORGANIZERS:

Cristina P Santos, PhD-IEEE Member, cristina@dei.uminho.pt
Juan C Moreno, PhD-IEEE Member, JC.MORENO@CSIC.ES

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