IROS 2014 Workshop on Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics: Bridging the Gap Between Clinicians and Roboticists
Rehabilitation and assistive technologies have the potential to change lives. Clinicians have successfully used therapy machines that physically assist a patient in performing rehabilitation exercises and activities of daily living. However, these machines can be more than just passive physical assistants. With tools from robotic perception, machine learning, and manipulation, these machines can be active, intelligent, and autonomous robots.
This workshop aims to bring together clinicians and roboticists to identify the key challenges in rehabilitation and assistive robotics, collaborations for funding opportunities, and benchmarks and challenge problems for the field. We are particularly excited to leverage the close proximity of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the nation's top hospital for rehabilitation and assistance, to the conference venue and will be organizing an entire session at the RIC, with tours of labs and clinical floors.