Special Sessions at ICNR2024 are 90-minute sessions dedicated to a specific topic. The structure of the Special Session comprise of oral presentations and discussions. Contributors to Special Sessions will have to submit Extended Abstracts (2 pages) which will be published in the Proceedings as a book upon acceptance.

If you would like to organize a Special Session, please complete the Special Session proposal and submit via email to info@icneurorehab.org with “ICNR2024 Special Session (“Last name”)” in the subject line by March 8*, 2024, 23:59PM US Central time.

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Wearable Robotics

Wearable robotics revolves around robotic solutions which can be worn, both as an aid for the disabled and to empower non-disabled users. On top of accomplishing the tasks they are conceived for, wearable robots must enforce additional stringent constraints: interaction safety (both physical and cognitive), bio-compatibility, light weight, low power consumption, acceptability. The study of wearable robotics is tightly interwoven with human-machine interaction, psychology, medicine, material science, design.

Advances in amputation surgeries and technologies for bionic hand reconstruction
Marta Gherardini (Sant’Anna, Italy); Christian Cipriani (Sant’Anna, Italy)


Emerging technologies for the next generation of overground rehabilitation robotic devices
Anselmo Frizera, PhD (Universidade Federal do Espiritu Santo, Brazil); Ricardo Carminati de Mello (Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil); Mario F. Jimenez (Universidad del Rosario, Colombia)


Functional Electrical Stimulation and robotics for neurorehabilitation
Alessandra Pedrocchi (Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy); Emilia Ambrosini (Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy);


Enhancing and evaluating impact of wearable robots by user involvement: practical guidance
Gerdienke Prange (Roessingh Research and Development & University of Twente)


Neural-machine interfaces for closed-loop control of lower-limb powered robotic systems
Jose M. Azorin, PhD (Miguel Hernández University of Elche, BRAIN-UMH, Spain); Jose L. Contreras-Vidal, PhD (University of Houston, IUCRC BRAIN Center, USA)


Artificial sensory feedback in prosthetics: Clinical translation
Strahinja Dosen (Aalborg University); Jakob Lund Dideriksen (Aalborg University)


Robotic lower limb prostheses: from design to evaluation
Ming Liu (North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, USA); Helen Huang, PhD (North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, USA)


Predictive control for bio-protective robotic exoskeletons: closed-loop control of internal body forces
Massimo Sartori, PhD (U. of Twente, The Netherlands); Mahdi Nabipour (U. of Twente)


Quantifying, Understanding and Improving Human-Exoskeleton Interaction in neurorehabilitation
Nevio Luigi Tagliamonte, PhD (Laboratory of Advanced Robotics and Human-Centered Technologies, Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Rome, Italy); Diego Torricelli (CAR- CSIC); Philipp Beckerle (FAU)


Upper limb robot-assisted rehabilitation: from clinic to home
Olivier Lambercy (ETH Zurich); Giada Devittori (ETH Zurich)


Intent detection in practice
Claudio Castellini (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)



Clinical Motor Control

An important motor task that helps to modulate neural activity after neurologic movement impairment, or prevent progression of neural based movement disorders or secondary diseases, is limb cycling and cranking. Cycling may be performed with upper limbs, with lower limbs or with four limbs simultaneously. This type of training is beneficial in rehabilitation for patients with spinal cord injury, and also for stroke survivors and patients with Parkinson Disease or Multiplex Sclerosis. Cycling training could reduce spasticity in limb muscles. It may also affect the patient’s performance in other motor tasks. Cycling exercises can be applied in clinics and in the home of the patient. This special session aims to present the latest results related to the control of arm and leg cycling movements and their potential application in rehabilitation protocols.

Cycling limb movements in neurorehabilitation
Jozsef Laczko (Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)


The role of kinematically constrained limb movements in neurorehabilitation
Jozsef Laczko (Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)


Motor control principles applied in Functional Electrical Stimulation for spinal cord injured patients
Jozsef Laczko (Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)


Enhancing Postural Control: Rehabilitation Interventions for Neurological Diseases
Guang H Yue (Kessler Foundation); Shijun Yan, PhD (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)


Evaluation of the paralysis level through Intervention and Rehabilitation for children with disability
Sayako Ueda (Japan Women’s University); Ken Kikuchi (University of Tokyo); Arito Yozu (University of Tokyo); and Eriko Kitahara (Juntendo University)


Technical innovations for functional assistance of the paralyzed upper limbs
Christine Azevedo-Coste (INRIA, Montpellier)


Diagnosis and rehabilitation for people with Parkinson’s disease
Qi An (University of Tokyo); Shingo Shimoda (Nagoya University); Kohei Kaminishi (University of Tokyo); Arito Yozu (University of Tokyo); Tadamitsu Matsuda (Juntendo University)


Elucidating the Roles of Corticospinal and Reticulospinal Tracts in Motor Impairment and Recovery in Chronic Stroke: A Multifaceted Approach
Sebastian Sporn (University College London)


Smart use of mechtronics and signal analysis to improve movement coordination in hemiparetic stroke
Julius P.A. Dewald (Northwestern University); Mike Ellis (Northwestern University)


Biofeedback for Neurorehabilitation
Erika G Spaich (Aalborg University, Denmark)


Altered descending motor pathways after stroke and spinal cord injury: implications for motor recovery
Ronan A. Mooney (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab); Monica A Perez (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)


Neurophysical and sensorimotor techniques to enhance learning and adaptation
Jim Patton, PhD (University of Illinois Chicago, USA;); Jose Pons (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)


Children are not small adults: solutions targeting neuropediatrics
Francesca Lunardini (Hospital Los Madroños/INNTEGRA); Linda Greta Dui (Politecnico di Milano)



Rehabilitation Robotics


Advanced and Hybrid solutions for wearable assistive technologies
Federico Masiero (Heidelberg University); Leonardo Cappello Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna); Enrica Tricomi (Heidelberg University); Lorenzo Masia (Heidelberg University)


Frontiers in bioengineering to improve motor coordination in stroke rehabilitation
Jinsook Roh (University of Houston); Benjamin J. Fregly (Rice University)


Advances in hand and wrist rehabilitation devices
Denny Oetomo, PhD (University of Melbourne, Australia)


Combined use of robotics and immersive VR in neurorehabilitation
Jan Veneman, PhD, (Hocoma, Switzerland)


Integrating Human Factors, Intensity Training Requirements, and Emerging Technologies: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Digital Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
Liliana Paredes (ETH Zurich)


The future of neurorehabilitation: collaborative robotics to support the continuum of care
Domenico Campolo (Nanyang Technological University Singapore); Simone Kager (Singapore-ETH Centre / ETH Zurich); Bernardo Noronha (Articares)


Toward optimal use of engineering tools in neurorehabilitation
Hyung-Soon Park, PhD (KAIST, South Korea); Thomas Bulea (National Institutes of Health, USA)


Robotic Wheelchairs and Assistive Mobility Devices
Jorge Peña Queralta (ETH Zurich); Diego Paez-Granados (ETH Zurich)


Locomotor Rehabilitation in Individuals Post-stroke
Hao-Yuan Hsiao, PhD (University of Texas at Austin)


Assistive and Rehabilitation Robots for Geriatric Users
Katja Mombaur (Karlsruhe institute of Technology & University of Waterloo); and Marko Ackermann (Karlsruhe institute of Technology & Heidelberg University)


Advances in Lower and Upper Extremity Robotic Rehabilitation for Persons with Mobility Disability
Ghaith J. Androwis, Ph.D. (Kessler Foundation)



AI and Computational Methods in Rehabilitation


Clinical and Biomechanical applications of shape and markerless systems
Juan-Manuel Belda-Lois, PhD (Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia, Spain); Helios de-Rosario (Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia, Spain)


Revolutionizing Migraine Care: telerehabilitation and Digital Transformation
Tomokazu Shimazu (Saitama Neuropsychiatric Institute); Masahito Katsuki (Suwa Red Cross Hospital); Yutaro Fuse (Nagoya University); and Shingo Shimoda (Nagoya University)


AI in rehabilitation monitoring and progress tracking
Diego Paez-Granados (ETH Zurich); Jorge Peña Queralta (ETH Zurich)


Moving outside the lab: Integrating mobile sensing, AI, and biomechanics for precision rehabilitation
Scott Uhlrich (University of Utah); Antoine Falisse (Stanford)


Precision Stroke Rehabilitation with Personalized Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
Vincent Cheung, PhD (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong); Prof. Xiaoling Hu, PhD (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)


Wearable technology and intelligent algorithms for precision medicine in stroke
Francesco Lanotte (Northwestern University, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab); Arun Jayaraman (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)


Quantitative assessment and model-based intervention for stroke rehabilitation
Minos Niu, PhD (Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)



Neural Interfaces and Stimulation


Empowering balance control through non-invasive neuroenhancement approaches
Cristina Bayón (CSIC); Eduardo Rocon (CSIC); Edwin van Asseldonk (University of Twente)


Personalized Realtime Biofeedback during Neurorehabilitation
Aileen Naef (ETH Zurich); Chris Awai (DART, Lake Lucerne Institute)


Lighting Up The Black Box Of Alpha Motorneuron Plasticity By Decomposition Of Hdsemg Signals
Francesco Negro (Università degli Studi di Brescia)


Brain-Computer Interfaces as Neurorehabilitation and Assistive Technologies
Víctor Martínez-Cagigal (University of Valladolid); Ricardo Ron-Angevin (Grupo DIANA, University of Malaga); Ivan Volosyak (Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences); Roberto Hornero, PhD (Universidad Politécnica de Valladolid, Spain)


IEEE/ICNR Symposium on Advanced Technologies in Neurological Rehabilitation: Bridging Innovations for Improved Patient Outcomes
Metin Akay, PhD (University of Houston, USA); José L. Pons (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)


Non invasive brain stimulation: a tool for studying and promoting plasticity in neurorehabilitation
Sven Bestmann (University College of London, UK); Vanesa Soto León (Hospital de Parapléjicos de Toledo, Spain)


Electrical Stimulation of the Peripheral Nervous System
Filipe André Oliveira Barroso (Cajal Institute, CSIC); Cristina Montero Pardo (Cajal Institute, CSIC)


Modeling and modulating the motor and autonomous nervous system in movement disorders
Jaime Ibáñez Pereda (Universidad de Zaragoza); Eduardo Rocon (CAR-UPM, CSIC); Alejandro Pascual Valdunciel (Imperial College London)


Advances in Stimulation to Enhance Recovery and Improve Motor Function in Persons with Mobility Impairments
Ghaith Androwis (Kessler Foundation)


Novel VR assisted rehabilitation and evaluation of the upper limb in Stroke survivors
Mireia Coll Omaña (University College of London)


Exploring the origin, function and modulation of cortical rhythms using non-invasive methods
Jaime Ibáñez Pereda (Universidad de Zaragoza); Sven Bestmann (University College London); James Bonaiuto (CNRS Institut des Sciences Cognitives); Alejandro Pascual Valdunciel (Imperial College London)



Integrative Stakeholder Support to Innovation and Continuum of Care Models


Coffee with the Leaders: Investors and Industry Insights
Zen Koh (MotusAcademy, IISART, Fourier Intelligence)


Campfire Session: Connecting Industry, Clinicians, and Academia
Zen Koh (MotusAcademy, IISART, Fourier Intelligence); Denny Oetomo (University of Melbourne); Milos R. Popovic (KITE University Health Network)


Advanced Rehab Technologies & Exoskeletons in Rehab – Perspectives of Key Leaders
Zen Koh (MotusAcademy, IISART, Fourier Intelligence); Arun Jayaraman (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)


Stroke Care Models and the Impact of Technology in Clinical Practice: a Global perspective
Arun Jayaraman (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab), Jose Pons (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)


SCI Care Models and the Impact of Technology in Clinical Practice: a Global perspective
Arun Jayaraman (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab); Jose Pons (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)


Care Models in Pediatric conditions and the Impact of Technology in Clinical Practice: a Global perspective
Arun Jayaraman (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab); Jose Pons (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)


Care Models in Neurodegenerative conditions and the Impact of Technology in Clinical Practice: a Global perspective
Arun Jayaraman (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab); Jose Pons (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)


Understanding the Value of Co-Creating Technology with Patients
Katie Poggensee (TU Delft); Laura Marchal-Crespo (TU Delft); Salvatore Luca Cucinella (TU Delft); Irene L.Y. Beck (Erasmus MC)


Boosting neurorehabilitation: drug, devices, funding and more
Antonio Oliviero, MD, PhD (Hospital de Parapléjicos de Toledo, Spain; Hospital Los Madroños)