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
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.
Guger Technologies OG
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.
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.
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.
Institute of Technical Sciences of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Serbia
Laboratoire de Physique de l’ENS de Lyon, CNRS, France
More information will be published soon