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Leuven.Inc Visionary seminar: Assistive Robotics Technology - October 2nd, 2014

Towards a sustainable work environment for care givers and lifelong mobility for the ageing citizen - Thursday 2 October 2014

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 auditorium, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Heverlee

16h00: Welcome coffee
16h30: Welcome by Leuven.Inc and Prof. Jos Vander Sloten, Head of the Biomechanics Division KU Leuven and Chairman of the programme
16h40: Assistive robotics in rehabilitation anno 2014 : Dr. Carlotte Kiekens, 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 - Prof. Dirk Lefeber, 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 - Prof. Joris De Schutter, Mechanical Engineering KU Leuven
19h00: The next-generation of exoskeletons, orthotics and prosthetics - Prof. Louis Peeraer, 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.

Participation fee
135 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc - 175 euro (excl. VAT): all others.

Language: English
Organization: Leuven.Inc in cooperation with imec and Leuven-MTC.
Price: 175 EUR