About our Workhop!

Welcome to IEEE Biorob 2018 Workshop 5

Date: 26/08/2018

Time: 14.30-17.30

Location: Carré 2K

Title: Use it or Lose it: Improving Robotics-Assisted Stroke Rehabilitation

IEEE Biorob focuses on innovative research and optimal development of bio-robotic technologies. In our opinion rehabilitation robotics are part of a bigger “ecosystem” and the development of bio-mechatronics often does not consider this “ecosystem”. This term includes the user/patient, the application of the technology and the ethical and societal aspects. Our session aims to discuss technology in this broader context and kick-start new developments in order to optimize the use of robotics in rehabilitation. Challenging the current use of robotics in rehabilitation will lead to an educative session for users, developers and rehabilitation experts altogether. We will engage a discussion between attendees and speakers that otherwise would not have the chance to share their opinions/experiences and benefit from each other in regular Biorob session.


Extended Abstract

Workshop Structure

  • Introduction (20 minutes):

Geert Verheyden: Robotics motor rehabilitation for Stroke: Where are we standing?
Intention: Overview and results of the clinical outcomes of robotic motor stroke rehabilitation)

  • Part 1: Challenging the current use of technology (60 minutes, 20 minutes per speaker):

Arno Stienen: The commercial standpoint regarding robotic rehabilitation
(Intention: How commercial entities perceive and envision the future of rehabilitation robotics)

Lena Ting: Physical Human-Human Interactions for Designing Physical Human-Robot Interactions
(Intention: How the understanding of physical human-human interaction, can help us shape physical human-robot interaction)

Break (15 minutes)

Heike Schmidt-Felzmann: Ethical design of rehabilitation robotics
(Intention: How to integrate ethical considerations throughout the design process, from conception through development to implementation)

  • Part 2: Engaging the patient (40 minutes, 20 minutes per speaker):

Agnès Roby-Brami: The potential of upper-limb exoskeletons for adaptation and learning at the joint level
(Intention: How to modify upper-limb coordination and abnormal synergies in order to assist robotics stroke rehabilitation)

Jaap Buurke: Integrating rehabilitation robotics and physical therapy for stroke rehabilitation
(Intention: How can we use the current technology to improve physical therapy by engaging the patient efficiently)

Break (15 minutes)

  • Panel Discussion (30 minutes)
    (Intention: Allow the audience to learn from the experts)

Who is who?

Dr. Geert Verheyden is the Stroke Rehabilitation Research Lead at the department of rehabilitation sciences, KU Leuven – University of Leuven in Belgium since 2011. His research focuses on sensorimotor upper limb and trunk assessment, recovery and rehabilitation. He leads a portfolio of KU Leuven, nationally-, EU and internationally-funded research including clinical, kinematic, neurophysiological and brain imaging methodologies from the early phase until the chronic stage after stroke. Geert is currently member of the neurorehabilitation/robotics committee of the European Stroke Organisation and since 2015, he is editor-in-chief of Physiotherapy Research International.

Arno Stienen (PhD) has a PhD in Rehabilitation Robotics and a MSc in Mechanical Engineering. His work relates to the advancement of biomechatronics and human-robot interaction. Currently, he is the Head of Product Management at Motekforce Link (Amsterdam, NL), and VP of Product Management and Global Lead on Upper Extremity for DIH International (Motek, Hocoma, DIH). He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Northwestern University (Chicago, USA), and up until 2016 he was Associate Professor and Lab Director of the ArmsLab at the University of Twente (Enschede, NL).  Arno Stienen has published over 80 papers and conference proceedings in the area of upper extremity modeling, rehabilitation, and robotics.

Dr. Ting is a Professor in the W.H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology. She received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S.E. in Biomechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Her postdoctoral training was in neurophysiology at the University of Paris and Oregon Health and Sciences University. Her research in neuromechanics focuses on the sensorimotor interactions between brain, body, and environment. Her work focus on complex, whole body movements such as walking and balance with strong clinical relevance, as well as skilled movements involved in dance and sport. Using computational and experimental methods, her work has revealed interactions between electrical neuromotor signals from the body with neural mechanisms and functional biomechanical outputs during normal and impaired movement. Her work forms a foundation that researchers around the world are using to understand normal and impaired movement control in humans and animals as well as to develop better robotic devices that interact with people.

Heike Felzmann is a lecturer in Philosophy/Ethics in the discipline of Philosophy at the School of Humanities, NUI Galway. She is affiliated to the Centre of Bioethical Research and Analysis (COBRA) at NUIG. Her area of specialization is Bioethics, with focus on research ethics, health care ethics and information ethics, especially robot ethics. She also works in moral theory, with focus on theory in/of Bioethics and feminist bioethics. She is part of the National Forcum for Teaching and Learning Expert Group on Ethics, Law, and Policy in Learning Analytics (2017).


Agnès Roby-Brami received the M.D. degree from the University Paris Descartes, in 1982, and the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees and University Habilitation in Neurosciences from Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris, France, in 1982, 1991, and 2001, respectively. She is a physician who performed her residency in Paris Hospitals during 1977–1982. She was appointed as a Research Associate at INSERM in 1983 and promoted to Research Director in 2005. Her first research interest was in the field of clinical neurophysiology after which she focused on upper limb motor control, disability, and assistive and rehabilitation technology for cerebral and spinal injured patients. She is the author or coauthor of 128 peer-reviewed academic publications, and 44 contributions to edited books. She is also actively involved in several Academic Networks concerning research on disability.

Jaap H. Buurke worked as a physical therapist for more than 25 years. He received his PhD from the Universiteit Twente for his work on the recovery of gait after stroke. He is the coordinator of the Research Track Rehabilitation Technology at Roessingh Research and Development, professor at Biomedical Signals and Systems group of the University of Twente and adjunct professor at Northwestern University Chicago (USA). He is the medical scientific director of the “Innovative Medical Devices Initiative SPRINT” and president of the Dutch society for Neurorehabilitation. He is specialized in human movement analysis with specific expertise in neuromuscular control and biomechanics after stroke. He is actively involved in national and international projects focusing on motor control, movement analysis, rehabilitation robotics and active assistive devices.

About the organizers

Ir. Kostas Nizamis, received his BSc. and M.Eng degrees in electrical engineering from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, of Democritus University of Thrace (2006-2012) and the MSc in biomedical engineering from the University of Twente (2012-2014). He is currently working towards his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Biomechanical Engineering at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. His research interests include sEMG signal analysis, high density sEMG, hand and arm exoskeletons, motor intention detection, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, translation of technology to the user, responsible development of robotics and daily out-of-the-lab use of assistive devices. He is currently working on the development of a myoelectric hand orthosis for people with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Noortje Mik-Rijken Ph.D. received her M.Sc. degree in biomedical (human movement) science in 2010 at Radboud University. She got her Ph.D. degree in 2015 also at Radboudumc Nijmegen. Her PhD thesis was focused on balance and gait problems in patients with muscular dystrophy (FSHD). She is now working at Saxion University of applied science as coordinator of the movement laboratory. She also works as a post doc researcher on the symbionics project which aims to develop a myoelectric hand orthosis for patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.