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June 1, 2014 (Sun), Full-Day Workshop

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Recent advances in assistive technologies provide technical aids for promoting independent living and improving quality of life not only for disabled and elderly but also for healthy people who are working under harsh environments. To support the human motions in a safe and acceptable manner, the assistive device must clearly understand the human's intention and continuously adapt its behavior. Building functional models of human's motion and sensation are very helpful to evaluate the subjective efforts associated with intuitive, safe, and easy-to-use design. This workshop aims at providing a state of the art overview on the recent researches and intends to bring together experts from multidisciplinary fields of biomechanics, human functional models of motion and sensation, devices and robots to enhance human performances, rehabilitation robotics, power-assisting devices, and human-robot interaction. Speakers who are actively working in this area will stimulate an attractive discussion on the challenging problems with special attention to aspects related to human modeling and control for assistive technologies.

We are pleased to invite speakers to this workshop that will be focused on novel concepts for human modeling and control for assistive technologies. We are looking for gathering a selected group of researchers that could together give useful insights on the emerging area of assitive technologies, possibly through new, embryonic solutions having high potential impact in future applications.

Submissions for full papers are due on Monday, February 28, 2014. Send your paper to (change '-at-' to '@') with the subject [ICRA2014 WS: Human Modeling].

All papers for the workshop must be submitted in PDF format and conform to ICRA 2014 Proceedings specifications.

09:00 - 9:30 Yuichi Kurita, Hiroshima University
"Computational Modeling of Subjective Force Sensation for Assisting Human Activity"
09:30 - 10:00 Katsu Yamane and Peter Whitney, Disney Research
"The Role of Human Modeling in Human-Robot Interaction"
10:00 - 10:30 Ashish D. Deshpande, the University of Texas at Austin
"A Novel Framework for Virtual Prototyping of Rehabilitation Exoskeletons"
(coffee break)
10:50 - 11:20 Masashi Konyo, Tohoku University
"Creating Haptic Feedback by Motion-oriented Skin Vibration for Assistive Technologies"
11:20 - 11:50 Seokhee Jeon, Kyung Hee University, Matthias Harders, and Seungmoon Choi
"Augmenting Haptic Channel: Building Blocks for Haptic Augmented Reality"
11:50 - 12:10 Mitsunori Tada, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
"Musculoskeletal Motion Analysis of Cadaver Hands"
12:10 - 12:30 Yui Endo, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
"DHAIBA: A System for aiding Human-Centered Product Design with Human Models"
(lunch break)
14:00 - 14:30 Masahiko Inami, Keio University
"Towards Augmented Human"
14:30 - 15:00 Philippe Fraisse, Christine Azevedo-coste and Mitsuhiro Hayashibe, LIRMM
"Human modeling and control towards a functional assistance in posture of paraplegics using FES"
15:00 - 15:30 Jun Ueda, Georgia Institute of Technology
"Human-robot physical interaction for adaptive robot co-workers"
(coffee break)
15:50 - 16:20 Cota Nabeshima, CYBERDYNE Inc.
"Safety Techniques of Robot Suit HAL"
16:20 - 16:50 Takeshi Ando, Panasonic Corporation
"Robotics Technology and its Business to Support Human Life -Development process using bio-signal data-"
16:50 - 17:10 Anne E. Martin and James P. Schmiedeler, University of Notre Dame
"Predicting Healthy Human and Amputee Walking Gait using Ideas from Underactuated Robot Control"
17:10 - 17:30 Yoichi Morales, Tadahisa Kondo, and Norihiro Hagita, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International
"Comfortable Navigational Framework for Autonomous Vehicles"

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