Workshop: Human-robot synchronization for assistive technologies - July 17, 2017 


Synchronization is a central feature in human-robot interaction, especially when both entities need to perform movements in synergy. This is particularly relevant for assistive robots connected in parallel (exoskeletons) or in series (artificial limbs) to human biological limbs. In such cases, robots have to support or augment the human user without hindering the intended movement. This requires to timely detect the user’s motor intention and continuously adapt to rhythmic motor features that vary with time (step/stride length, phase, frequency, etc.). Achieving this is central to enable the robotic system to be perceived as a natural extension of the body. Synchronization is also a fundamental mechanism in the human and animal nervous system. Cortical regions communicate with each other by synchronizing their firing patterns, while spinal Central Pattern Generators and synergies are thought to play a prominent role for coordinating – and thus synchronizing – large sets of muscles involved in a large repertoire of motor tasks. This workshop is organized in 2 sessions providing theoretical and experimental insights into aspects including: biological synchronization mechanisms, computational approaches for synthetizing bio-inspired mechanisms, and translational approaches to neurorehabilitation and assistive robotics.


13:45 - 13:50
Workshop introduction
Chris Miall 13:50 - 14:10
Chris Miall, University of Birmingham
Sensorimotor delays, synchronisation and prediction
Marco Capogrosso 14:10 - 14:30
Marco Capogrosso, Université de Fribourg
Design of neuroprosthetic technologies for the restoration of brain-spinal communication after spinal cord injury
Vincent Cheung 14:30 - 14:50
Vincent Cheung, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Synergies for muscle synchronization as post-stroke recovery biomarkers
Massimo Sartori 14:50 - 15:10
Massimo Sartori, University of Twente
Neuro-Mechanical Interfacing for Neuro-Rehabilitation Technologies

15:10 - 16:00
Eduardo Rocon 16:00 - 16:20
Eduardo Rocon, Spanish National Research Council
Robotic-assisted gait training rehabilitation strategies for pediatric population with Cerebral Palsy
Renaud Ronsse 16:20 - 16:40
Renaud Ronsse, Université catholique de Louvain
Adaptive oscillators with humans in the loop
Heike Vallery 16:40 - 17:00
Heike Vallery, Delft University of Technology
Synchronizing human-robot interactive walking
David J. Reinkensmeyer 17:00 - 17:20
David J. Reinkensmeyer, University of California, Irvine
Robotic synchronization during musical finger training after stroke: A Hebbian Model

17:20 - 17:25
Concluding remarks