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 three days, so it is necessary to attend the three days to make the most of the workshop.

 

WS1 – Design and development of wearable robotic exoskeletons: a personalized design perspective for next-generation devices

Organizers:

Juan C. Moreno
Neural Rehabilitation Group, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain

Antonio J. del Ama
Hospital Nacional de Parapléjicos de Toledo, Spain

 

WS2 – Agency and Embodiment: the neurobiological aspects of body representation

The representation of the body is complex, involving the encoding and integration of a wide range of multisensory (somatosensory, visual, auditory, vestibular, visceral) and motor signals: our brain is very adaptive, and can map artificial tools as an extension of the physical body, the so called “Embodiment”. One example of sensory embodiment is the Rubber Hand Illusion (RHI) experiment In the RHI, the sight of brushing of a rubber hand at the same time as brushing of the person’s own hidden hand is sufficient to produce a feeling of ownership of the fake hand (Botvinick and Cohen, 1998). During the workshop participants will personally experience embodiment and bodily plasticity phenomena through the RHI, a perfect example of multisensory integration. In the second day participants will experience the “sense of agency” or sense of control, that refers to the subjective awareness that one is initiating, executing, and controlling one’s own volitional actions, by using a virtual avatar controlled through wearable sensors.

Organizers:
Iolanda Pisotta PhD
Nevio Luigi Tagliamonte PhD
NeuroRobot Lab, Fondazione Santa Lucia IRCCS, Roma

In collaboration with:
Giovanni Di Pino PhD
Domenico Formica PhD
Unit of Neurophysiology and Neuroengineering of Human-Technology Interaction (NEXT Lab)
Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Roma

 

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.

Organizer:
Silvia Muceli
Imperial College, UK

 

WS4 – 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.

Organizers:

Marc Sebastian
Guger Technologies OG

 Jaime Ibáñez
Neural Rehabilitation Group, CSIC

 

WS5 – Brain and Spinal Cord Neuromodulation

Organizers:

 José L. Pons
Cajal Institute, CSIC

 Yuri Gerasimenko
Edgerton Neuromuscular Research Laboratory, UCLA

 

WS6 – The science based medicine of the Rehabilitation Gaming System: bringing brain theory to the clinic using artificial intelligence and virtual reality

Organizer:
 Paul Verschure
Institute for Bioengineering of Catalunya

 

WS7 – Rodents electrophysiology to advance neurorehabilitation – surgery techniques and ethical considerations

Why are animal models used in the research field? Controversy around this topic has been increasing in the past years. On the other hand, it is not yet possible to replace animal models with alternative methods to answer some scientific questions. This Workshop aims at introducing the main advantages and limitations to consider in animal physiology research and its relationship with the Neurorehabilitation field. 3D printed models of the brain and the skull, as well some surgery instrumentation will be shown. The Workshop will also include a round table discussion around the ethical considerations on the use of animal models. Students are encouraged to engage in this discussion.

Organizers:
 Filipe O. Barroso
 Nuria Benito
 Aitor Martínez

Neural Rehabilitation Group, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain