Leuven.Inc Visionary seminar: Assistive Robotics Technology

Towards a sustainable work environment for care givers and lifelong mobility for the ageing citizen

Organised by Leuven.Inc in cooperation with imec and Leuven-MTC.

The ageing or mobility-challenged citizen needs assistance to keep up with activities of daily living and to participate actively in tomorrow’s society. This will put an ever increasing burden on the financial resources of society and on the human resources of the care sector unless well-designed assistive technology can increase the self-reliance of the citizen and free care givers of time-consuming tasks, enabling them to focus on high value personalized interaction.

In this visionary seminar, Key Enabling Technologies will be highlighted: mechatronics for assistive robotics and wearable exoskeletons, 3D printing for personalized exoskeletons and rehabilitation devices, integration of rehabilitation practices and human movement sciences with advanced robotics. Organizational, financial and safety implications will be integrated in the presentations. Finally, an overview of ongoing applied and industrial research will give a preview of the next generation of exoskeletons, prosthetics and orthotics.

Practical aspects

Date: Thursday 2 October 2014
Location: imec CAF -1A, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Heverlee
Parking at the overflow parking (via Gaston Geenslaan, 3001 Heverlee)
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16h00: Welcome coffee
16h30: Welcome by Leuven.Inc and Jos Vander Sloten, Biomechanics section of KU Leuven, chairman of L-MTC and Chairman of the programme
16h40: Assistive robotics in rehabilitation anno 2014
Carlotte Kiekens, Dr., Head of Clinic, Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine UZ Leuven Campus Pellenberg
17h30: The use of Additive Manufacturing (3DPrinting) for personalised exoskeletons        
Bart Van der Schueren, Vice President Industrial Production Materialise
17h50: Challenges in the design of wearable exoskeletons
Dirk Lefeber, Prof., Head of the Robotics and Multibody Mechanics Research Group VUB
18h10: Coffee break
18h40: Future developments in assistive robotics: where advanced robotics and human movement sciences meet
Joris De Schutter, Prof. Mechanical Engineering KU Leuven
19h00: The next-generation of exoskeletons, orthotics and prosthetics
Louis Peeraer, Prof. Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences KU Leuven
19h30: Demo of an assistive robotics device
19h50: Q&A
20h10: Drinks and snacks

The interventions will be held in English.
Abstracts of the presentations can be found further down this page.

Participation fee

135 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc - 175 euro (excl. VAT): all others
Special fee available for Master and PhD students affiliated to and billable by KU Leuven or other universities.  Please do contact us by e-mail.
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Registrations before Friday 26 September 2014 preferably via the online registration form (use the 'Register' button) or by email to admin@leuveninc.com (including all contact and invoice details).

After registration you will receive a confirmation and route description. The registration fee is payable after receipt of invoice. Cancellation after subscription is not possible. However, replacement by a colleague is allowed.*

* As an (Associate) Company Member you can be replaced by a colleague. As an individual Member you can only be replaced by another Individual Member. When this is not possible, Leuven.Inc will charge an extra fee for the replacement by a non-member.




Assistive robotics in rehabilitation anno 2014 – Carlotte Kiekens

  • Framework and objectives of rehabilitation medicine
  • Technology in evaluation and rehabilitation treatment (gait training, mobilization, exercise therapy,…)
  • Bionic prosthetics and orthotics (knee, ankle, elbow, hand, exoskeleton,…)
  • Organizational and financial implications
  • Some ethical considerations
  • Needs and challenges for the future

 The use of Additive Manufacturing (3DPrinting) for personalised exoskeletons – Bart Van der Schueren

  • The strengths of Additive Manufacturing
  • Personalisation of (medical) devices
  • Engineering for Additive Manufacturing
  • Examples of devices

Challenges in the design of wearable exoskeletons – Dirk Lefeber

  • Assistive versus rehabilitation devices
  • light-weight actuators despite high torques and high power
  • energy-efficiency of the actuator technology
  • Human-robot safe interaction
  • Ergonomy : human-robot alignment

Future developments in assistive robotics: where advanced robotics and human movement sciences meet – Joris De Schutter

  • Actuation & sensing technology
  • Estimation and human intent recognition
  • Human motion modelling
  • Integrating the above into "intelligent" control

The next-generation of exoskeletons, orthotics and prosthetics - Louis Peeraer

  • Introduction to the demos (assistive robotics devices)



Image: copyright Ekso Bionics

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