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Symposia/Special Sessions

Symposia or Special Sessions are small specialized events to be held during the congress as a set of oral and poster presentations dedicated to a particular theme or consisting solely of the works of a particular international research project.
Symposia and Special Sessions are typically opened with an oral presentation by the Special Session/Symposium’s chair, which establishes the context for the other presentations.

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), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Index) and Scopus. 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.


VirtRehab 2013Special Session on Virtual and Augmented Reality Systems for Upper Limbs Rehabilitation
Chair(s): Alessandro de Mauro, Iris Dimbwadyo Terrer and Gorka Epelde

DeNeuro 2013Special Session on Decoding the Neural Drive to Muscle through the Analysis of Motor Neuron Spike Trains
Chair(s): Juan Álvaro Gallego and Jose Luis Pons

SensoryFusion 2013Special Session on Sensory Fusion for Diagnostics and Neurorehabilitation
Chair(s): Diego Torricelli and Rafael Raya

RoboAssist 2013Special Session on Wearable Robotics for Motion Assistance and Rehabilitation
Chair(s): Nicola Vitiello, Samer Mohammed and Juan Moreno

BrainRehab 2013Special Session on Brain-computer Interfaces and Brain Stimulation for Neurorehabilitation
Chair(s): Martin Bogdan, Ander Ramos-Murguialday, Armin Walter and Francisco Perales

Special Session on Virtual and Augmented Reality Systems for Upper Limbs Rehabilitation - VirtRehab 2013


Alessandro de Mauro
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Iris Dimbwadyo Terrer
La Salle University
Gorka Epelde

Currently, several Virtual (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) based systems are presented as novel and relevant tools in neurorehabilitation, allowing the development of rehabilitation treatments beyond the traditional methods of work.
The use of AR and VR is particular effective in combination with Robotic Rehabilitation (RR).
In this special session both medical and engineering issues are addressed in order to explore which type of solutions or research trends are currently active in this field and can support the health system.
Original papers presenting evidence for the effectiveness of those types of applications or investigating the integration of VR/AR and robotics in the upper limb rehabilitation will be in the scope of this session.

Special Session on Decoding the Neural Drive to Muscle through the Analysis of Motor Neuron Spike Trains - DeNeuro 2013


Juan Álvaro Gallego
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
Jose Luis Pons
Instituto de Automatica Industrial

This special session will illustrate how high-density surface EMG is recorded, decomposed into a constituent motor neuron spike trains, and analysed, in order to decipher how motor commands are coded into the neural drive to muscle. Furthermore, the session will highlight the advantages of combining experimental analysis with realistic computational models, and will provide various examples of the analysis of the neurophysiological mechanisms that mediate motor control in healthy subjects and people suffering from movement disorders. The session will comprise a series of presentations and live demonstrations (of high-density surface EMG recording and decomposition). The speakers will promote the participation of the attendants, in order to warrant a highly interactive session.

Special Session on Sensory Fusion for Diagnostics and Neurorehabilitation - SensoryFusion 2013


Diego Torricelli
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)
Rafael Raya
University CEU San Pablo

In the last decades, the increasing availability of accurate electromechanical sensors allowed researchers to develop artificial systems that mimic the biological characteristics of the human sensors. The inclusion of these systems into neurorobotic structures can be used to validate motor control hypotheses and to develop artificial sensory systems that can replace or compensate human sensory loss.

This special session is addressed to engineers and clinicians interested in discussing about the present and future challenges of sensory fusion, from both technological and clinical perspectives.

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


Nicola Vitiello
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Samer Mohammed
Lissi - Université Paris-Est Créteil
Juan Moreno

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.

Special Session on Brain-computer Interfaces and Brain Stimulation for Neurorehabilitation - BrainRehab 2013


Martin Bogdan
Universität Leipzig
Ander Ramos-Murguialday
Armin Walter
Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen
Francisco Perales

Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) and brain stimulation are unique methods for neurorehabilitation because they allow a direct interaction with the patient's brain. BCIs enable biofeedback approaches for paralyzed patients, while brain stimulation techniques modulate the activity of neuronal circuits to support brain reorganization. However, towards their application as reliable treatment options, important challenges such as a deeper understanding of neural (re-)organization, the design of suitable feedback and stimulation paradigms, the adaptation to individual patients and the transfer from the laboratory to clinical settings need to be faced.