Each year, an estimated 34 million people worldwide need assistive and prosthetic devices to master their lives. Current technology is not ideal: wheelchairs cannot climb stairs, exoskeletons are bulky, and prostheses lack acceptance. Researchers from the engineering and medical sciences are on a quest for smarter devices ultimately piloted by the patients' minds. This symposium showcases the latest technical developments and introduces the Cybathlon, an Olympic-style competition, offering a new approach to advancing assistive devices by awarding teams of disabled “pilots” and scientists mastering tracks designed along daily life challenges.
|7:00 pm||Doors open|
|7:30 pm||Talks and Q & A|
|Henry Evans "A Surprising Lesson I Have Learned From Building Assistive Devices"|
|Robert Riener "The Cybathlon"|
|Homayoon Kazerooni "tbd"|
|Jacob Rosen "Stroke – Motor Control Recovery Via Upper Limb Exoskeleton"|
|9:00 pm||Networking Reception and Demonstrations|