Rehabweek 2019

Last week, Denny, Ying, Vincent and Justin travelled to Toronto to attend Rehabweek 2019.

Rehabweek brings together scientists, engineers and clinicians by combining a number of international conferences, including the International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society (IFESS), the International Neurorehabilitation Symposium (INRS) and the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). This multidisciplinary mix provides a great stage for interesting presentations and discussion in the areas of rehabilitative and assistive technologies.

Denny presented a talk at INRS discussing the differences in expectations between clinicians and engineers in rehabilitation robotics.

Justin presented at ICORR, on his work in the development of robotic strategies for changing how people move – motivated by a desire to improve movement quality in patients who move in potentially harmful ways.

An important and interesting theme of the conference was a discussion about the current roadblocks to the adoption of robotic rehabilitation devices to clinical practice – something which we are working strongly towards in our Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotic Project at the University of Melbourne & Fourier Intelligence Joint Laboratory.