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Special Session on
Wearable Robotics for Motion Assistance and Rehabilitation
 - RoboAssist 2013

18 - 20 September, 2013 - Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal

Within the International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics - NEUROTECHNIX 2013


Nicola Vitiello
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Brief Bio
Nicola Vitiello received the M.Sc. degree in biomedical engineering (cum laude) from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2006, and from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy, in 2007. In 2010, he received the Ph.D. degree in biorobotics from the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy, where he is currently an Assistant Professor at The BioRobotics Institute. He is the author/co-author of 15 ISI papers and 25 peer-review conference proceedings papers. He has served as the Scientific Secretary of the EU FP7 CA-RoboCom project, and he is currently the Project manager and co-coordinator of the EU FP7 CYBERLEGs Project. His main research interests include the development of wearable robotic devices for human motion assistance and rehabilitation and of robotic platforms for neuroscientific investigations. In 2006, he participated in the IX European Space Agency (ESA) Student Parabolic Flight Campaign as member of the team of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. In 2008, he participated in the first ESA Lunar Robotics Challenge as a Ph.D. Student Member. In the last five years he served as Referee for 9 different ISI journals.
Samer Mohammed
Lissi - Université Paris-Est Créteil
Brief Bio
Samer Mohammed is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the Laboratory of Image, Signal and Intelligent Systems (LISSI) from the University of Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC). In 2006, he received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Laboratory of Computer Science, Robotics and Microelectronics of Montpellier (LIRMM/CNRS), France. His research domain concerns mainly the modeling, identification and control of robotic systems (wearable robots) but also artificial intelligence and decision support theory. Applications of his research include chiefly the functional assisting of dependent people. He has been involved in the organizing committees of some national and international workshops in the robotic, automatic and networks domains.
Juan Moreno
Brief Bio
Juan Moreno received the degree in automatics engineering from U. La Salle and since 2001 he has been with CSIC, developing and studying the lower leg orthosis GAIT at the Bioengineering Group.He received the Ph.D. in Engineering in 2006. He has coordinated a number of projects in the field of assistive technologies and robotics (5FP EU project GAIT, FP6 EU project ESBIRRO, FP7 EU project BETTER). In 2012, he has been awarded for his research track as young investigator with the TR35 Spain award by Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) journal, Technology Review for his innovative work on Wearable Exoskeletons for rehabilitation. Currently he is the technical & scientific head of the locomotion cluster in the Bioengineering Group, leading developments of lower limb devices for rehabilitation.


This Special Session aims at contributing to discuss the state of the art and the future trends of the use of wearable robotics for motion assistance and rehabilitation. Contribution to this special session can be mostly framed in the following list of topics:

1. Robotics;
2. Neurorobotics;
3. EMG Signal Processing and Applications;
4. Neurological Disorders and Rehabilitation;
5. Neuro-interface Prosthetic Devices;
6. Exoskeletons, actuated orthosis and prostheses;
7. Mechatronic design and control of human movements;
8. cognitive/physical interaction paradigms for assistive robotics;
9. novel kinematics and actuation solutions;
10. human–robot multimodal interaction paradigms;


The population aged 60 and over is expected to rise considerably in the coming years. The rise in life expectancy combined with falling birth rates, will accelerate the ageing of this population. Facing this problem or reducing its effect would have a great societal impact by improving the quality of life and regaining people independence to make them active in society, and live active, fulfilling and independent lives. On the other hand, robotic applications have rapidly expanded from classical industrial applications with repetitive tasks to applications with close human-robot interaction. Particularly, assistive robotics has gained an increasing attention in the last decades. Indeed, adaptation of healthcare services to the needs of this dependent population will have a great impact on the development of assisting robotic devices. In addition, technological advances and the emergence of novel adapted technologies such as wearable and ubiquitous technologies with considerable reduction in size, cost and energy consumption, are becoming a privileged solution to provide assistive services to humans. This challenging technology is expected to work closely, interact and collaborate with people in an intelligent environment.

While initially conceived for human motion augmentation purposes, wearable powered robots have been gradually proposed as a technological aid for motion rehabilitation and assistance, and functional substitution in patients suffering from motor disorders. Over these years, despite of the significant technological and scientific advancements achieved in the field of wearable powered robotic technologies, we have not yet witnessed the success of a fully-wearable powered assistive robotic device, e.g. a robotic suit, which is easy to wear and intuitive to cooperate with.

This special session aims to gather researchers from different backgrounds to discuss and learn about this highly interdisciplinary field. The accepted papers will provide discussions about the state of the art, challenges and limiting factors for developing sustainable wearable robots for assistive and rehabilitation of human movements. The proposed session will include papers that highlight particularly issues related to novel kinematics and actuation solutions for wearable robots. The invited papers will deal with the growing challenges of using novel human-robot multimodal interaction paradigms. Issue related to cognitive/physical human robot interactions will be also be treated. The proposed solutions aimed to promote: energy harvesting, complete wearability, portability and reliability of the device, as well as user’s safety.

Finally, the proposed session will be concluded by a wrap-up discussion devoted to outline the session conclusions, identifying the critical issues that deserve further analysis, and drawing possibilities of future collaborations between participants.


Paper Submission: June 30, 2013 (expired)
Authors Notification: July 22, 2013 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: August 12, 2013 (expired)


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines and Templates.
Papers should be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system at: http://www.insticc.org/Primoris
Both complete papers and extended abstracts can be submitted. All accepted extended abstracts will be published on CD-ROM without an ISBN, accepted papers will be published on CD-ROM support and in a special section of the congress proceedings book, under an ISBN reference. The proceedings are submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), DBLP and EI (Elsevier Index). All papers and extended abstracts presented at the congress venue will also be made available at the SCITEPRESS DIGITAL LIBRARY. SCITEPRESS is member of CrossRef.
Secretariat Contacts
NEUROTECHNIX Symposia - RoboAssist 2013
e-mail: neurotechnix.secretariat@insticc.org