Workshops

Every attendee can participate in two workshops, according to the preferences selected and to the workshop availability. The content of each workshop will be divided in two days, so it is necessary to attend the two days to make the most of the workshop.

The tentative list of workhops is the following:

WS1 – Neural interfaces and Wearable robotics in rehabilitation: a clinical perspective

Organizers:
 Jose L. Pons
 Juan C. Moreno
Neural Rehabilitation Group, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain

 

WS2 – Brain-Computer Interfaces: principles and applications in neurorehabilitation

Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) can be realized with EEG, ECoG, or spike activity recorded from the brain. A BCI convert brain waves into signals which can be interpreted by computers either to make statements about the brain itself, or to control an attached output device. BCIs have been developed during the last years mainly for people with severe disabilities to improve their quality of life. The integration of BCIs into rehabilitation settings is a promising new approach that enhances the rehabilitation process.

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Organizers:
 Arnau Espinosa
Guger Technologies OG

 Jaime Ibáñez
Neural Rehabilitation Group, CSIC

 

WS3 – Advanced EMG Processing for Man-Machine Interfacing in Neurorehabilitation

In this workshop, we will introduce techniques for surface and intramuscular EMG recordings to estimate the neural signal sent to muscles from the output layer of the spinal cord circuitries. Specifically, we will present methods for single and multi-channel EMG decomposition and their applications in neurorehabilitation, such as in prosthetics and neurofeedback. Students will be engaged in recording and processing EMG signals using instruments and tools provided by the organizers.

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Organizer:
Silvia Muceli
Imperial College, UK

 

WS4 – Effect of functional devices on body representation. The neurobiological aspects of embodiment

Our brain is very adaptive, and can map relevant artificial tools as an extension of the physical body. The relationship between the body and the external object is special when tools are assistive devices, because they enhance the capacity of the body by interfacing directly or indirectly with altered sensorimotor systems. In the present workshop, we will focus on the biological mechanisms sustaining a representation of what the body is like in healthy individuals, as well as in patients with a reduction or loss of sensorimotor information due to injury. To give one well-known example, during the workshop participants will personally experience bodily plasticity phenomena through the illusion of the body and the use of tools and prostheses.

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Organizer:
Iolanda Pisotta
IRCCS Fondazione S. Lucia, Rome, Italy

 

WS5 – FES cycling for rehabilitation of SCI patients

Physical activity contributes in preventing secondary impairments associated with reduced motor activity (paralysis). FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) cycling is a recreative and efficient method that can be used to sustain a regular physical activity in patients after lesion of central nervous system. In this workshop, we will practically explore methods to systematically determine and assess the efficiency of different FES cycling protocols. Participants will be able to personally experience effects of FES, as well to test stimulation patterns for cycling in a tetraplegic patient.

Organizers:

Lana Popović-Maneski
Institute of Technical Sciences of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Serbia

Amine Metani
Laboratoire de Physique de l’ENS de Lyon, CNRS, France

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