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Pre-Conference Workshops

The pre-conference workshop will take place on Monday 23 June at Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajersvej 7A.

The pre-conference workshop is organized in four sessions, where two will run in parallel in the morning, and two will run in parallel in the afternoon. It will only be possible to register for the full day, and during registration it will be mandatory to choose the specific sessions you wish to attend.

The sessions will consist of longer presentations that will go into depth on the proposed topic.

The following pre-conference workshops will take place (new proposals are no longer accepted)
WSn.n refers to the Conference ProgramMonday:


Morning workshops (8.30-12.30)

WS 1:  Brain Computer Interfaces for Neurorehabilitation

Moderator: Ning Jiang, UMG Göttingen, Germany
Co-organizers: Dario Farina, UMG Göttingen, Germany, Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, Aalborg University
Room: A4-106

Description: Rehabilitation of neurological disorders, such as stroke, has been a topic of intensive research, as conventional rehabilitation methods for these disorders are expensive and inefficient. Brain computer interfaces have been one of key tools for the research and application of neurorehabilitation. This workshop presents recent advances in this area on various aspects, from the underlying physiological principle, signal processing, neuro-feedback for pain management, to successful commercial applications.

WS1.1: Modulation of Cortical Excitability by Detection of Motor Intention and Artificial Afferent Feedback: A New Avenue for Neurorehabilitation
Dario Farina, Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany
WS1.2: Using BCI technology for neurofeedback treatment of Central Neropathic Pain
Aleksandra Vuckovic, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
WS1.3: Brain-Computer Interfaces for Communication and Rehabilitation – a demonstration
Alexander Lechner, gTec GmbH, Austria
WS1.4: Control signals for restorative BCIs
Andrej Savić, School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia and Tecnalia Serbia Ltd., Belgrade, Serbia
WS1.5: BCI for neurological rehabilitation. The clinical perspective
Marco Molinari and Febo Cincotti, Neurological and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Department, Experimental Neurorehabilitation Lab, Fondazione S. Lucia, and Department of Computer, Control, and Management Engineering "Antonio Ruberti",Sapienza University of Rome, Italy


WS 2:  Invasive Techniques in Neurorehabilitation

Moderator:  Ernest Kamavuako, Aalborg University
Room: A4-108

Description: The outcome of rehabilitation depends very much on the means that are employed to interface the neuromuscular system. More and more rehabilitation techniques require this interface to be invasive in order to guaranty successful results; and some of these interfaces are making their way to the clinics. The goal of this pre-conference workshop is, on one side to provide an overview of available invasive techniques and on the other side to focus on technical and market challenges from laboratory to commercial products.

WS2.1: Electrophysiology, design and applications of invasive interfacesElectrophysiology, design and applications of invasive interfaces
Ken Yoshida, PhD., Biomedical Engineering Department, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, USA
WS2.2: Stimulation and recording selectivity
Thomas Nørgaard Nielsen, PhD., Department of Health Science and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
WS2.3: Invasive muscular techniques in prosthetic control
Ernest Nlandu Kamavuako, PhD., Department of Health Science and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
WS2.4: Neurorehabilitation - from research to market
Mads Peter Andersen, PhD., Neurodan A/S, Aalborg, Denmark


Afternoon workshops (13.30-17.30)

WS 3:  Robots in Rehabilitation

Moderator: Thierry Keller, Tecnalia, San Sebastian, Spain
Room: A4-106

Description: In order to effectively implement robotic devices in daily clinical routine practice the COST Action TD1006: European Network on Robotics for NeuroRehabilitation aims at enabling the development of innovative, efficient and patient-tailored robot-assisted therapies based on basic and applied research perspectives. The interdisciplinary team of leading researchers from robot engineering, clinical motor neurorehabilitation, computational neuroscience and neuroimaging from 23 European countries present their current work on guidelines for clinical and robotic assessment of robotic therapies and their visions for future rehabilitation robots.

WS3.1: Applied research and implementation of robotics in upper extremity stroke rehabilitation
Gerdienke Prange, Roessingh Research and Development, Enschede, The Netherlands
WS3.2: Evidence-based guidelines for evaluation of technology-based upper limb neurorehabilitation
Ann-Marie Hughes, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
WS3.3: STARS: Standard for robot-supported assessment
Verena Klamroth-Marganska, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
WS3.4: The future of rehabilitation robotics: Product visions for the EURobotics Multi-Annual Roadmap
Jan Veneman, Tecnalia, San Sebastian, Spain


WS 4: Functional Electrical Stimulation in Neurorehabilitation – Where are we now?

Moderators: Erika Spaich, Aalborg University and Ole Kæseler Andersen, Aalborg University
Room: A4-108

Description: Functional Electrical Stimulation has been investigated for several decades in relation to assistive devices and neuro-rehabilitation. However, it has never obtained a broad acceptance. Is this related to donning/doffing, esthetics, difficulties in daily operation, discomfort or what? This workshop will review the current state of the art and future visions of FES in neuro-rehabilitation.

WS4.0: Introduction
Ole Kæseler Andersen
WS4.1: What is hindering FES to be widely used for neurorehabilitation?
Dejan Popovic, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
WS4.2: Using electrical stimulation for gait rehabilitation: it can be easy!
Erika Spaich, Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction, Aalborg University, Denmark
WS4.3: Performance driven control of FES for upper limb stroke rehabilitation using  non-contact sensors
Jane Burridge, Rehabilitation and Health Technologies Research Group, University of Southampton, UK
WS4.4: Hands-on experience with FES for gait training
Jens Olesen, Thomas Nybo and Bodil Ottosen (all physiotherapists using FES daily)


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