Distinguished Lectures Series 2016

The Distinguished Lecture Series of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Innsbruck seeks to bring new perspectives and ideas to our researchers, students, alumni and friends.

It is our great pleasure to announce the next distinguished computer science lecture by Prof. Robert Riener, ETH Zürich, initiator and organizer of the Cybathlon 2016:

Novel Assistive Robots for People with Disabilities and the Cybathlon

Date: Tuesday, 28th of June 2016, 5:15 pm (Talk at 5:15, Get-Together at 6:15)
Location: HSB 1 Bauingenieurgebäude, Technikerstraße 13b, 6020 Innsbruck


Exoskeleton robots for the upper and lower limbs can be very useful to restore movement abilities in two ways. First, they can promote neurorehabilitation as training devices after neurological injuries such as spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury and stroke. Second, they can be used as assistive devices to support patients or elders with gait impairments in daily life situations. However, current solutions are still too bulky, too heavy, with too little battery power, and thus, too inconvenient to use. Furthermore, torque induction into the human body joints is tricky, and often leads to mechanical stress in the attachment points and/or in the human joints as well as unwanted movements of the exoskeleton with respect to the human limbs. These disadvantages result to unsatisfactory performance and discomfort.

In this talk I will present current solutions and future trends of stationary gait and arm training robots as well as wearable exoskeleton devises that can be used for training and assistance in daily life. I will also present the Cybathlon, which is a new kind of championship, where people with physical disabilities compete against each other at tasks of daily life, with the aid of advanced assistive devices including robotic technologies. The Cybathlon aims to promote the development of useful technologies that facilitate the lives of people with disabilities. The first championship will take place at the Swiss Arena Kloten, Zurich, on 8 October 2016.

More about Robert Riener on his website!

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