[PAST] Novel Robots for Patient-Cooperative Rehabiliation
[PAST] Novel Robots for Patient-Cooperative Rehabiliation [342]
2014 / 10 / 31 / AM 11:00
Location: 301-201
Speaker: Robert Reiner (ETH Zurich)
Robotic technologies and their clinical applications play an
increasingly important role in neurorehabilitation. However, most
rehabilitation robots work with patients in a "master-slave" relationship,
thus forcing the patient to follow a predetermined motion without
consideration of voluntary efforts or behavior of the patient. During
such unidirectional communication, the loop is not closed by the
human in order to adjust the device to the biomechanical or physiological
state of the patient, his/her engagement and intention. We developed
novel neurorehabilitation robots that offer a new approach by placing
the human into the loop Our robots enable a bi-directional interaction
and assist in a compliant way, just as much as needed, so that the patient
can contribute to the movement with own voluntary effort. The patient
is challenged in a moderate but engaging and motivating way without
causing undue stress or harm. In this talk, I will present examples
of patient-cooperative control that have been implemented in our novel
robots applied to the neurorehabilitatio of gait and arm function
and further applications.

Speaker Bio:
Robert Riener studied mechanical engineering at TU Munchen, Germany,
and the University of Maryland, USA. He received a Dr.-Ing. degree
in engineering from TU Munchen in 1997. After postdoctoral work form
1998-1999 at the Centro di Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano, he returned
to TU Munchen, where he completed his habilitation in the field of
biomechatronics in 2003. In 2003 he became assistant professor at
ETH Zurich and the Spinal Cord Injury Center of the University Hospital
Balgrist; since 2010 he has been full professor for sensory-motor
systems at the mechanical engineering department of ETH Zurich. Riener
has published more than 400 peer-reviewed journal and conference
articles, 20 books and book chapters and filed 20 patents. He has received
18 personal distinctions and awards including the Swiss Technology
Award in 2006, the IEEE TNSRE Best Paper Award in 2010, and the
euRobotics Technology Transfer Awards in 2011 and 2012. Riener's research
focuses on the investigation of the sensory-motor actions in and
interactions between humans and machines. This includes the design
of novel user-cooperative robotic devices and virtual reality technologies
applied to neurorehabilitation,. Riener is the inventor and
organizer of the Cybathon 2016., 02-880-7149