2015 Workshop (Singapore)

Second workshop on Present and future of non-invasive PNS-Machine Interfaces
hosted by ICORR 2015, Singapore, August 2015.

Organised by Claudio Castellini, Ph.D. (Robotics and Mechatronics Center, DLR – German Aerospace Center) and Panagiotis K. Artemiadis, Ph.D. (Ira A. Fulton School of Engineerings, Arizona State University, USA)

Statement of the workshop

This workshop is about human-machine interfaces which connect non-invasively to the peripheral nervous system (PNS-MIs), surface electromyography (sEMG) being the paradigmatic PMI. sEMG is in use since the 60s to proportionally control single-DoFs hand prostheses. It involves neither surgery nor hospitalisation; its signal remains rich in information even decades after an amputation, and provides clearer signals than brain-computer interfaces such as, e.g., electroencephalography.

Since then literally dozens different approaches have been applied to sEMG to decode an amputee’s intentions, but none of them have as yet made it to the clinics: as a PMI, sEMG has revealed to be unreliable, badly conditioned, subject to change with time, fatigue and sweat. No valid alternatives to sEMG are in sight, and nevertheless, dexterous prosthetic hands are now appearing on the market, demanding ever better control by the patient.

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

Workshop schedule

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!

 

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