We presented the current advances in Spexor project at the annual meeting of the COST Action on Wearable Robots for Augmentation, Assistance or Substitution of Human Motor Functions on March 19, 2019 at University Politehnica of Bucharest in Romania.
We presented the the work of Spexor and demonstrated our prototype at the Exoskeletons and Soft Wearable Robotics Day on march 14, 2019 in Amsterdam. The event featured live demonstration of multiple exoskeletons and prototypes in action, key note talks held by experts in the field of wearable robotics and a Swiss start-up, and pitches from five EU funded wearable robotics projects.
We co-organize a Special Issue on Wearable Robotics in IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine where we call for papers on working systems that are evaluated with human subjects in order to determine the technology’s practical potential and impact on people with disabilities, workers, sportsmen, and others.
We organized two special sessions at Werob 2018:
Exoskeleton Research in Europe where we brought together researchers from ongoing and recently finished European projects and initiatives on exoskeletons and other wearable orthotic devices. We discussed on how to increase and intensify collaboration and information exchange between the projects and how to make sure that new projects benefit from the results of previous ones.
Wearable Robotic Solutions for Factories of the Future where we gathered specialists in the field of Industrial exoskeletons and discussed the state of the art, challenges and novel results in the very promising rising field for wearable robots.
Katja Mombaur from UHEI gave a keynote lecture at IROS 2018 in Madrid titled “Realistic models of human motions for better wearable robots” and a plenary lecture at ICNR 2018 in Pisa titled “Optimization-based analysis and design of exoskeletons, prostheses and assistive devices”. In both she extensively discussed modeling and optimization work on spinal exoskeletons performed in SPEXOR project.
We had a SPEXOR booth at the largest robotics conference IROS2018 where we successfully demonstrated the passive version of our prototype to the numerous participants of the conference.
We organized a workshop titled Exoskeleton design through optimization and adaptive control at the IEEE RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (HUMANOIDS 2017) that were held in Birmingham, UK during November 15-17, 2017.
The aim of the workshop was to bridge the gap between optimality principles and adaptive control to create a new generation of exoskeletons that would efficiently and unobtrusively operate on the human body. The main theme was how to leverage exoskeleton research with novel adaptive control concepts and optimization methods in order to advance it into a key technology.
Spexor and five other European research projects (AXO-SUIT, BALANCE, MovAiD, Robo-Mate, Symbitron) met in Amsterdam on November 28 to discuss advancements in exoskeleton technology in order to create synergies and generate new ideas for further developments and common implementation of results.
The event was organized by Common Exploitation Booster, a support service for facilitating exploitation of research results of ongoing Research and Innovation Projects under FP7 and H2020.