PNS-MI Workshop @ ICORR2015 schedule, final.

hi all,

the Second PNS-MI Workshop is going to be held as a satellite event of ICORR 2015 in Singapore on August 11th, h9:00-12:30. Besides three accepted papers, we are proud to announce two invited talks. The workshop is scheduled as follows:

9:00 Welcome message
9:10 Invited talk: Peter J. Kyberd (Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Canada), Assessment of Function in Prosthetic Arms
10:00 Invited talk: Ivan Vukaklija and Dario Farina (Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Göttingen), Decoding the neural code of human movements for a new generation of man-machine interfaces
10:50 Coffee break
11:00 Baojun Chen, Yanggang Feng, and Qining Wang: Combining Vibrotactile Stimulation with Volitional Myoelectric Control for Robotic Transtibial Prostheses: Preliminary Results
11:20 Joan Lobo-Prat, Peter N. Kooreny, Mariska M.H.P. Janssenz, Arno H.A. Stienen, Peter H. Veltink and Bart F.J.M. Koopman: Development of a Control Interface for the Flextension Active A-Gear Arm Support
11:40 Patrick M. Pilarski, Richard S. Sutton and Kory W. Mathewson: Prosthetic Devices as Goal-Seeking Agents
12:00 Final discussion / wrap up
12:30 Workshop end

We are looking forward to meeting you in Singapore!

Claudio

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PNS-MI Workshop @ ICORR2015 schedule announced

hi all,

the Second PNS-MI Workshop is going to be held as a satellite event of ICORR 2015 in Singapore on August 11th, h9:00-12:30. Besides three accepted papers, we are proud to announce two invited talks. The workshop is scheduled as follows:

9:00 Welcome message
9:10 Invited talk: Peter J. Kyberd (Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Canada), TBA
10:00 Invited talk: Ivan Vukaklija and Dario Farina (Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Göttingen)
10:50 Coffee break
11:00 Baojun Chen, Yanggang Feng, and Qining Wang: Combining Vibrotactile Stimulation with Volitional Myoelectric Control for Robotic Transtibial Prostheses: Preliminary Results
11:20 Joan Lobo-Prat, Peter N. Kooreny, Mariska M.H.P. Janssenz, Arno H.A. Stienen, Peter H. Veltink and Bart F.J.M. Koopman: Development of a Control Interface for the Flextension Active A-Gear Arm Support
11:40 Patrick M. Pilarski, Richard S. Sutton and Kory W. Mathewson: Prosthetic Devices as Goal-Seeking Agents
12:00 Final discussion / wrap up
12:30 Workshop end

We are looking forward to meeting you in Singapore!

Claudio

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PNS-MI Workshop 2015: call for papers out!

PNS-MI Workshop 2015

Following the success of its previous meeting at ICORR 2013, the Peripheral Nervous System Machine Interface (PNS-MI) Workgroup is proud to announce a second workshop to be held at the upcoming ICORR conference:

http://www.icorr2015.enabling-technology-festival.org

that will be held in Singapore and hosted by Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

The PNS-MI Workgroup is a group of researchers in engineering, physiology, medicine and robotics who deal with human-machine interfaces connected non-invasively through the peripheral nervous system. We investigate ways to design, implement, optimize and apply these interfaces, with a particular focus on populations in need of unconventional control interfaces. (The typical example end-users are upper- and lower-limb amputees.)

The workshop takes place on August 11th, 2015, 9:00-12:30 and will accommodate both invited speakers AND novel paper submissions. Therefore,

We are now soliciting submissions to the PNS-MI Workshop 2015!

The topics of the WS are, but are not limited to:

  • clinical adoption of existing approaches
  • advances in surface EMG approaches
  • novel human-machine interfaces – methods, sensors, protocols
  • sharing control between the subject and the prosthesis
  • functional assessment of the reha procedure and the subject’s abilities

Submissions will be peer-reviewed; they are limited to 4 (FOUR) pages and must follow the ICORR template:

http://www.icorr2015.enabling-technology-festival.org/paper-submission/submit-paper

IMPORTANT DATE: all submissions are due by June 22nd, 2015

Please send your submission to claudio.castellini@dlr.de as a PDF file, and write [PNS-MI WS2015] in the subject.

We look forward to seeing you in Singapore!

The PNSI-MI community

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Workshop 2014: call for papers out!

PNS-MI Workshop 2014

Following the success of its inaugural meeting at ICORR 2013, the Peripheral Nervous System Machine Interface (PNS-MI) Workgroup is proud to announce a second workshop to be held at the upcoming MEC ‘14 conference at the University of New Brunswick, Canada.

The PNS-MI Workgroup is a group of researchers in engineering, physiology, medicine and robotics who deal with human-machine interfaces connected non-invasively through the peripheral nervous system. We investigate ways to design, implement, optimize and apply these interfaces, with a particular focus on populations in need of unconventional control interfaces.

This year’s workshop will be held on Monday, August 18th, in conjunction with the Myoelectric Controls Symposium (MEC ‘14) which runs from August 18th-22nd.  The workshop will run from 9:00am until 6:00pm to accommodate both invited speakers and novel paper submissions.

We are now soliciting submissions to the PNS-MI Workshop 2014.  Please note:

  • all submissions will be peer-reviewed.
  • all submissions are due by May 18, 2014.
  • submissions can be made through the MEC ’14 online submission portal (please see details below)
  • the PNS-MI Workshop will be held at the Delta hotel, in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Submissions are being solicited for theoretical, algorithmic and clinical research and will include the following topics, and more:

  • clinical adoption of existing approaches
  • advances in surface EMG approaches
  • new, alternative solutions
  • shared control (between the human and an intelligent prosthesis)

Submissions should follow the 4 page MEC template which can be found here. For more details (including submission), please visit this link. Registration Details:

  • registration for the workshop can be done through the MEC ’14 registration interface
  • while delegates are encouraged to attend MEC ‘14, co-registration is not strictly required.
  • cost:  $100 (lunch and snacks will be provided)

Institute of Biomedical Engineering
University of New Brunswick
25 Dineen Drive, PO Box 4000
Fredericton NB, Canada E3B 5A3
email: mec@unb.ca
phone: (506) 453-4966

 

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new paper on surface EMG out!

dear colleagues,

I am happy to advertise a new paper on surface EMG, just released by Frontiers:

Stable Myoelectric Control of a Hand Prosthesis using Non-Linear Incremental Learning
by Gijsberts, Bohra, Sierra González, Werner, Nowak, Caputo, Roa and Castellini

I would particularly like to point you at the movie that we have shot as supplemental material to the paper. as Frontiers is open access, you can download it from the above-mentioned page.

have fun!
c.

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Event annoucement: symposium at OTWorld 2014

Event announcement!

OTWorld is one of tthe world’s major trade fairs for prostheticians / orthotists, attracting every two years tens of thousands visitors and hosting hundreds of orthopedic and prosthetic companies. All major players in the field gather every two years in Leipzig, Germany. This year’s OTWorld takes place on May 13th to 16th, 2014.

OTWorld is actually more than a fair trade, hosting every year a parallel scientific conference, mostly oriented to the clinical world. I personally consider this as a great opportunity for us, the engineers, to interact with the “real world” out there in the hospitals.

We are therefore proud to announce a symposium on pattern matching, organised by Merkur Alimusaj and myself. The symposium will host talks, among others, by Oskar Aszmann, Mike Wininger and Dario Farina. The symposium is called Control interface in upper extremity prosthetics: State of the art and beyond the state of the art! – click to get an overview.

See you in Leipzig,
Claudio

 

 

 

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the Second WS on PNS-MI: Fredricton, Canada!

Hello Community,

the Second Workshop on Peripheral-Nervous-System Interfaces will be co-located with MEC 2014, University of New Brunswick, Fredricton, Canada. The workshop will take place from August, 18th to August, 22th.

MEC (Myoelectric Control) is probably the major annual conference on upper-limb myocontrolled robotic artifacts. We are very excited to be hosted by Kevin Englehart and Erik Scheme!

BIG NEWS: the upcoming workshop will be open to submissions of regular papers. Watch out for more news to appear on this website and on international mailing lists. A special section of the Events will be opened here as soon as more details will be available.

Claudio

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New papers on user-specificity of EMG-based control interfaces

Hi all,

We recently presented two papers on EMG-based control interface methodologies that tackle the problem of user-specificity. You can find them at:

Mark Ison and Panagiotis Artemiadis, “Beyond user-specificity for EMG decoding using multiresolution muscle synergy analysis,” ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), 2013.
http://horc.engineering.asu.edu/HORC/Publications_files/DSCC2013_Ison.pdf

Alison Gibson, Mark Ison and Panagiotis Artemiadis, “User-independent hand motion classification with electromyography,” ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), 2013.
http://horc.engineering.asu.edu/HORC/Publications_files/DSCC2013_Gibson.pdf

Panagiotis Artemiadis, ASU

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new paper on PNS-Interfaces out.

hello all,

we have just published a new paper on Frontiers on the usage of Ultrasound imaging as a PNS-MI. you can find it here.

The paper shows the practical usability of US imaging as a means to reconstruct the hand dynamic configuration (i.e., the finger forces). The most relevant/interesting part is, in our opinion, the so-called realistic scenario in which the system is shown to work: no sensors are needed – using the visual stimulus as ground truth works fine – and only rest and maximal forces are required to train the system. We therefore claim that this system is ready to be used by amputees or neuropathic pain patients, to reconstruct the imaginary limb.

enjoy it!
Claudio (also on behalf of my coauthor David Sierra González)

 

 

 

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Join the NINAPRO sEMG classification competition!

Dear colleagues,

the Ninapro project (Non Invasive Adaptive Prosthetics) team invites you to join the workshop that we will be held on the 25th of October at ICAR 2013 (International Conference on Advanced Robotics) in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Ninapro is an ongoing work that aims to aid research on advanced hand myoelectric prosthetics with public databases. In this workshop we will present and explain how to use the database and we will describe the state of the art in sEMG controlled robotics.

Moreover, we invite the participants to join the associated Robotic Hand Control Challenge at ICAR 2013. Participants must unleash their classification procedures on the sEMG control of an ideal robotic hand in 40 different movements. The task includes datasets from 40 intact subjects, and will help the participants to work on the Ninapro database with 20 amputated subjects that will be released soon. The winner will be rewarded with 200$ and will be asked to present his results during the workshop.

Below is the list of confirmed speakers:

Manfredo Atzori (HES-SO, Sierre, Switzerland)
Arjan Gijsberts (Idiap Research Institute, Martigny, Switzerland)
Claudio Castellini (German Aerospace Research Center – DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany)
Invited talk: Marco Gazzoni and Roberto Merletti (Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy)
Invited talk: Dario Farina (Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany)

See you in Montevideo!
The Ninapro Team

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Special Issue on Rehabilitation Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction

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Deadline extended to November 11, 2013, due to multiple requests
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ROBOTICA invites papers for a special issue entitled “Rehabilitation Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction”.

The demand for motor rehabilitation is growing apace with the graying of the population. The utilization of robotic devices in sensorimotor rehabilitation therapy has received increased attention during the last decade. Despite the growing interest in using robotic devices for rehabilitation of sensorimotor function, their widespread use remains somewhat limited by a number of factors, including the assessment of the true cost-to-benefit ratio relative to other types of rehabilitation approaches and parameters that would optimize their long-term efficacy. Understanding human sensorimotor control and brain plasticity can provide insight into the design of robot hardware and controllers with the appropriate reference or desired output. On the other hand, the control of the physical interaction of the therapeutic device with the subject in order to effectively accelerate recovery is of paramount importance. This special issue focuses on the current state of knowledge about sensorimotor control and brain plasticity, models of sensorimotor functional recovery, and use of intelligent robot controllers to provide robotic-assisted therapy for motor rehabilitation.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
– Neural control of movement
– Medical and healthcare robotics
– Robots for clinical assessment
– Stroke rehabilitation
– Neural plasticity
– Rehabilitation robotics
– Sensorimotor control and learning
– Human-robot control interfaces and interaction
– Assistive devices

Timeline:
11 November 2013 Deadline for submission of papers
31 December 2013 First decisions to authors
31 March 2014 Second decisions to authors
May 2014 Final publication materials due from authors
July 2014 Special issue publication

Submission Process:
Please submit your manuscript or check status online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/robotica
You will need to click “Create Account” to obtain a user ID and a password. Then follow the online instructions to submit your manuscript.  Please contact the Editorial Assistant ateic.robotica@gmail.com, if you have questions.
For the paper to be considered for the Special Issue, make sure you include the word “rehabilitation” in the keywords. Moreover, please contact the Guest Editors directly to confirm that you submitted through the online system, and provide your manuscript number.
There is no template required to submit a paper, and the publisher re-keys accepted manuscripts.

Guest Editors:
Panagiotis Artemiadis, PhD, Arizona State University (Panagiotis.Artemiadis@asu.edu)
Marco Santello, PhD, Arizona State University (Marco.Santello@asu.edu)

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The First Workshop on PNS-MIs

I International Workshop on
Present and future of non-invasive PNS-Machine Interfaces

A workshop hosted by ICORR 2013, the International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, Seattle, WA, USA, JUne 26th, 2013.

Check out the Workshops page!

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The website is on!

The PNS-MI Community is taking shape… Watch out for the show!

Enjoy!

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