ICNR 2016 Workshop

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Workshop affiliated with ICNR 2016


Robotic systems for training and assistance of walking


Statement of objectives

As continuity of the successful previous edition of this workshop held at ICORR 2015, the organizers brought together leading speakers in the fields related to the design and applications of lower-limb robotic systems for rehabilitation and assistance, from physiology to safety and control.

The development of robotic devices for training and assistance of walking has been gaining intensity in recent years. This development has been driven by the expectation that robot-assisted gait rehabilitation reduces the physical load to the therapist during the training, increases the training intensity, allows a quantitative assessment of the patient’s performance and improves the patient’s walking ability. Also, there are expected advantages outside of the rehabilitation field, such as the support of the elderly in performing activities of daily living independently at their own homes, and the support of workers in specific working conditions. This increased research and development has led to new challenges in the design and control of robotic systems for walking assistance and rehabilitation. These robotic systems are no longer simple devices to support basic movements, but rather advanced robotic systems that enable for example, training of natural walking including balance training and building synergy with motion capabilities of the human user. In this workshop, different aspects of current research and development, the challenges of the field, and limiting factors in innovative robotic solutions for walking rehabilitation and assistance will be discussed. The presentations will highlight the issues related to the design and control of innovative robotic systems around the following topics:

- Human cooperative control strategies in robotic systems for training and assistance of walking

- Training and assistance of natural-like walking including balance (training protocols and development of control strategies)

- Actuator designs for human cooperative behaviour in robotic systems for training and assistance of walking

- New conceptual approaches in robotic systems for training and assistance of walking


Intended audience

The intended audience of this workshop consists of researchers as well as students working in the field of robotics for walking rehabilitation and assistance, experts in clinical movement analysis and rehabilitation, biomechanics and human motor control



Jan F. Veneman, Health – Rehabilitation Robotics, Tecnalia Research and Innovation

Danijela Ristić-Durrant, Institute of Automation, University of Bremen, Germany

Carlos Rodriguez Guerrero, Robotics and Multibody Mechanics group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Edwin van Asseldonk, Department of biomechanical Engineering, MIRA, University of Twente, the Netherlands