Baiona (Spain), 14-19 September, 2014

Hands-on Workshops

List of the allocation of the participants to the different workshop topics (.pdf)


WS1 - International Workshop on Wearable Robotics (WeRob2014)

Innovators from academia, government, industry, medical centers, and end users will discuss challenges and potential application in clinical rehabilitation and assistive technologies.


Prof. José L. Pons
Bioengineering Group, CSIC

Prof. José Contreras
University of Houston, USA


WS2 - Muscle synergies: Looking into the CNS

This workshop is a comprehensive course on muscle synergies analysis, with a special focus on clinical applications. The participants will: 1) understand the neural and functional meaning of muscle synergies, 2) perform complete experimental sessions on real subjects, and 3) interpret the experimental results and discuss their implications for rehabilitation. The course is 30% theoretical and 70% practical, and specifically shaped to meet a multidisciplinary audience.


Dr. Diego Torricelli
Bioengineering Group, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain

Dr. Andrea D'Avella
Fondazione Santa Lucia, Rome, Italy

Martina Coscia
EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Filipe Barroso
CSIC, Madrid, Spain


WS3 - Workshop on Functional Electrical Stimulation

FUNCTIONAL ELECTRICAL STIMULATION (FES) uses electrical impulses to invoke motor functions in the body whose voluntary control has been lost through nervous system impairment (e.g. after spinal cord injury or stroke). For this purposes, the electrical impulses are applied to peripheral nerves that control specific muscles or muscle groups, ideally via surface electrodes placed on the skin. The present hands-on workshop will allow students from engineering and clinical areas to understand the principles of this technology and to apply it on human subjects. Students will participate actively along the workshop. They will work together in small groups and get the chance to experience the potentials and limits of electrical muscle stimulation from a first-person perspective.


Dr. Thierry Keller
Tecnalia Research & Innovation- Head of Rehabilitation

Eukene Imatz
Tecnalia Research & Innovation

Miloš Kostic
Tecnalia Research & Innovation


WS4 - Workshop on Virtual Rehabilitation


Dr. Sebastian Koenig
CEO at Katana Simulations


WS5 - Human neuromusculoskeletal modelling

The workshop will offer a unique opportunity to learn create subject-specific musculoskeletal models and simulate the neuromuscular mechanisms underlying human locomotion. It will enable participants to work on hands-on exercises using software tools including OpenSim and MATLAB.


University Medical Center Goettingen

M. Reggiani
University of Padova


WS6 - 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.


Arnau Espinosa
Guger Technologies OG