C-STAR: Think Soft: From Robotics to Prosthetics and Rehab, How Soft Tech is Changing the Game
Description: Robotics has gone through a transformation in the last decade. A conceptual revolution started in the early 2000’s has caused a steep transition from traditional, heavy industrial robots to safe, light, nimble co-bots which can co-exist and co-operate with humans, entering in touch with them. To do so, robots have become lighter, smaller, softer, and more intelligent.
The technological revolution of soft, intelligent machines today is spilling over from robotics to bionics. Not only are soft technologies safer, more effective and more adaptive, they can be above all more natural, as their motion and interaction patterns are dictated by similar principles as those moving our own human limbs. In the near future, users will be able to include soft bionic devices into their body schema, sending inputs and receiving feedback which match our inner model of interaction with the outside world.
Instructor: Antonio Bicchi, PhD, Senior Scientist, Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa; Professor, Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa; Adjunct Professor, School of Biological and Healthy Systems Engineering, Arizona State University
Targeted Audience: Researchers and clinicians interested in using technology to measure outcomes in a rehabilitation population
Accreditation: None Offered