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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 digital support and in a special section of the congress proceedings book, under an ISBN reference.
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VirtRehab 2014Special Session on Serious Games and Robotic Systems for Physical and Cognitive Rehabilitation
Chair(s): Iris Dimbwadyo Terrer, Alessandro de Mauro and Gorka Epelde

NeBICA 2014Special Session on Neuro-Bio-Inspired Computation and Architectures
Chair(s): Axel Blau

Special Session on Serious Games and Robotic Systems for Physical and Cognitive Rehabilitation - VirtRehab 2014


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

Currently, several systems based on Games technologies like Virtual (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) systems are presented as a novel and relevant tools in neurorehabilitation, allowing the development of rehabilitation treatments beyond the traditional methods of work. The use of Serious Games is particular effective in combination with Robotic Rehabilitation (RR). Furthermore, the use of technological devices in rehabilitation can offer quantitative data of movement, allowing objectifies the therapy.
On the other hand, it is necessary to identify the key items to generate standardized protocols to compare virtual reality interventions’ methodology up to now used in people with neurological impairments.
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, investigating their integration or interested in their methodological equalization will be in the scope of this session.

Special Session on Neuro-Bio-Inspired Computation and Architectures - NeBICA 2014


Axel Blau
Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)

Nervous systems are efficient computing substrates that outperform conventional architectures in many real-world tasks, particularly in pattern recognition, classification and sensory-motor integration. Computational neuroscience has made tremendous progress in uncovering the key principles by which neural systems process information, and ICT has advanced to a point where it is possible to integrate a comparable number of transistors in a VLSI system as neurons in a mammalian brain. This session provides a forum for researchers, engineers, and students from all over the world to discuss the state-of-the-art in computational neuroscience, neural representations and processing primitives in soft- and hardware, signal processing models and machine intelligence by learning from nature and mimicking nervous system function.