WeaARcon033WearRAcon China Agenda:

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Location: National Convention Center – Room 310

9:00am: Check-in / Onsite Registration

10:00am: Welcoming Remarks
Speaker: Joseph K. Hitt, Ph.D., Executive Director, Wearable Robotics Association

10:10am – 10:50am: Opening Keynote
Speaker: Dr. Homayoon Kazerooni, Professor, University of California at Berkeley / Founder and Chief Scientist, suitX

10:50am – 11:30am: Rehabilitation Robotics Research and Practice

Rehabilitation robotics, specifically robotic exoskeletons, is an area of research that has gained substantial attention in recent times. Interestingly, the acceptance of these eloquent devices into
everyday clinical practice and home use is limited by past and present research. Currently, there exists a void between the research evidence from engineering groups and clinical teams on the predicated utility and actual usability of wearable robotic systems. The presenter will discuss how engineering and clinical science can be combined and performed simultaneously and sequentially to both gain insight to clinical utility of wearable robots to specific clinical populations This information will help clinicians and scientists gain some additional insight into how these eloquent technologies can be progressed further into the field of rehabilitation.

Speaker: Arun Jayaraman PT, Ph.D., Director, Max Näder Lab for Rehabilitation Technologies & Outcomes Research and Shirley Ryan Abilitylab /Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

11:30am – 12:00pm: Wearable Robotics Association and the State of the Industry

This new industry is gaining traction because the need is growing, technology is getting better and the public is curious. It started in the medical world, but is now gaining significant interest in industrial applications. The Wearable Robotics Association, your trade association for this new industry, is here to help ensure that safe and effective technology reach the consumer.

Speaker: Joseph K. Hitt, Ph.D., Executive Director, Wearable Robotics Association

12:00pm – 1:30pm: Lunch Break / Exhibits

1:30pm – 2:10pm: Keynote Presentation
Speaker: Tom Looby, President & CEO, Ekso Bionics

2:10pm – 2:50pm: Robotic Training of Human Gait, Posture, and Balance

Neural disorders limit the ability of humans to perform activities of daily living. Robotics can be used to probe the human neuromuscular system and create new pathways to relearn, restore, and improve functional movements. Dr. Agrawal’s group at Columbia University Robotics and Rehabilitation (ROAR) Laboratory has designed innovative cable-driven and parallel-actuated robots for this purpose. Human experiments have targeted elderly subjects and patients with stroke, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and others. The talk will provide an overview of some of these scientific studies.

Speaker: Sunil K. Agrawal, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, Columbia University

2:50pm – 3:10pm: Wearable Robotics for Sustainable Ageing

This presentation will introduce the results achieved by the team of wearable robotics of The BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in the last years. Wearable robotics is presented as a potential enabling technology for establishing a sustainable welfare. Attention will be paid to present the objectives and results of the H2020 CYBERLEGs Plus Plus Project.

Speaker: Nicola Vitiello, Professor, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

3:10pm – 3:40pm: Human-Robot Interfaces and Control Strategies for Power Lower-Limb Prosthesis

In this talk, the state-of- the-art of wearable robotics, especially lower-limb prostheses, will be introduced. Then the recent progress in this area from the Peking University lab will be shown, including the robotic transtibial prosthesis PKU-RoboTPro-I and PKU-RoboTPro-II, and capacitive sensing based locomotion mode recognition. In detail, we will introduce the walking performance and metabolic cost of amputee subjects wearing robotic prostheses. Finally, challenges in gait rehabilitation and related control strategies for wearable robots will be discussed.

Speaker: Qining Wang, Ph.D., Professor, College of Engineering, Peking University, China

3:40pm – 4:40pm: Exhibits

4:30pm – 5:30pm: Welcome Reception Sponsored by Ekso Bionics