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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Friday, 17 May 2019

12:45 – 13:45Lunch09:00 – 10:00Keynote Session
13:45 – 14:00Welcome adress10:00 – 10:20Oral presentations
14:00 – 15:30Keynote Session10:20 – 10:50Coffee break
15:30 – 16:00Coffee break10:50 – 12:20Keynote Session
16:00 – 17:00Keynote Session12:20 – 12:50Oral presentations
17:00 – 17:30CYBATHLON Interactive Session12:50 – 13:00Closing
17:30 – 18:30Oral presentations13:00Possibility of lunch on exhibition grounds (free vouchers will be provided)
18:30 – 19:00Transfer to restaurant  

Invited Speakers and Talks

Roland Auberger

Otto Bock Healthcare

Title: Robotic Technology in Everyday Use Assistive Devices: A Reality Check


Gordon Cheng

Technical University of Munich

Title: Processes in Restoring Sense of Touch to Spinal Cord Injured Patients

Martin Giese

University of Tübingen

Title: Biologically-inspired modeling of complex human body movements and
applications in robotics

Herman van der Kooij

University of Twente

Title: Human Balance Control: From Experiments to Predictive Models to Applications in Wearable Robotic



ABSTRACT: We study human balance control during standing and walking by analysing responses evoked by mechanical perturbations. We developed simple template models and more realistic neuro-mechanical models to interpreted and predict how humans respond to various mechanical perturbations and how they maintain balance. We translated these predictive models into human inspired controllers of wearable robots. We developed a modular exoskeleton for the lower extremities, which consists of 8 lightweight (1.5 kg) powerful universal joints with series elastic actuators, which allow for high fidelity and high bandwidth torque control. The exoskeleton can be used in different configurations, like ankle only, ankle and knee, and ankle-knee-hip. All configurations can be used for one leg or both legs. We demonstrated that with this exoskeleton and using human inspired (neuromuscular) controllers, we can enhance standing balance and the walking speed of subjects with an incomplete spinal cord injury wearing our exoskeleton. The exoskeleton was also used by a test pilot with a complete spinal cord injury to successfully practise the Cybathlon 2016 obstacles. The accurate low level torque control and the larger number of (powered) joints compared to other (commercial available) exoskeletons are advantageous, in particular when standing and walking on non-flat terrain.

Angelika Peer

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Title: Human-centred robotic systems: From intelligent mobility assistant robots to robot avatars

Domenico Prattichizzo

University of Siena

Title: Augmenting Humans with Supernumerary Robotic Fingers



ABSTRACT: Among the most promising field of applications of wearable robotics there are the rehabilitation and the support in activities of daily living (ADL) of impaired people. In this talk, I will introduce the idea of human augmentation towards the Robotic Sixth Finger, for grasping compensation in patients with reduced hand mobility, such as post-stroke patients. The idea is to let the patients be able to grasp an object by taking advantage of the wearable device worn on the paretic limb by means of an elastic band. The Robotic Sixth Finger and the paretic hand work jointly to hold an object. Adding a robotic opposing finger is a promising approach that can significantly improve the grasping functional compensation in different typologies of patients during everyday life activities.

Robert Riener

ETH Zürich

Title: Cybathlon: Moving People and Technology

Arndt Schilling

University Medical Center Göttingen

Title: Bionic Prostheses for Trauma Surgery Patients

André Seyfarth

Technical University of Darmstadt

Title: Biomechanical gait models and concepts – how can they help to analyze and synthesize motions?

Patrick van der Smagt

Volkswagen Group Machine Learning Research Lab

Title: Machine learning in BCI: getting as smart as the brain

Gerwin Smit

Technical University of Delft

Title: Intuitive Grasping, Perspectives on Prosthetic Development

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