How to participate?

Every attendee can participate in two workshops, according to the preferences selected and to the workshop program. Please find a list with the tentative allocation of the participants to the workshop topics:

Download Tentative Allocation (.pdf)


Workshop Program


Monday, 14 Tuesday, 15 Thursday, 17
14:30 – 16:00 WS6 – Part 1/3 WS6 – Part 2/3 WS6 – Part 3/3
WS3 – Part 1/3 WS3 – Part 2/3 WS3 – Part 3/3
WS2 – Part 1/3 WS2 – Part 2/3 WS2 – Part 3/3
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 18:00 WS1 – Part 1/3 WS1 – Part 2/3 WS1 – Part 3/3
WS7 – Part 1/3 WS7 – Part 2/3 WS7 – Part 3/3
WS5 – Part 1/3 WS5 – Part 2/3 WS5 – Part 3/3

The WS2, WS3 and WS6 will be held in parallel, after the lunch.
The WS1, WS5 y WS7 will be also held in parallel, after the coffee break.

The content of each workshop will be divided in three days, so it is necessary to attend the three days to make the most of the workshop.


WS1 – Neural interfaces and Wearable robotics in rehabilitation: a clinical perspective

Jose L. Pons
Neural Rehabilitation Group, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain


Jose L. Contreras-Vidal
Departments of Electrical & Computer Eng. and Biomedical Eng.University of Houston

Gerard E. Francisco
Dep. of Physical Medicine and Rehab. University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

   + information about WS1

WS2 – Muscle synergies: Looking into the CNS

This workshop is a comprehensive course on muscle synergies analysis, with a special focus on clinical applications. The participants will: 1) understand the neural and functional meaning of muscle synergies, 2) perform complete experimental sessions on real subjects, and 3) interpret the experimental results and discuss their implications for rehabilitation. The course is 30% theoretical and 70% practical, and specifically shaped to meet a multidisciplinary audience.

Diego Torricelli
Filipe Barroso
Neural Rehabilitation Group, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain

  + information about WS2 

WS3 – Workshop on Functional Electrical Stimulation

FUNCTIONAL ELECTRICAL STIMULATION (FES) uses electrical impulses to invoke motor functions in the body whose voluntary control has been lost through nervous system impairment (e.g. after spinal cord injury or stroke). For this purposes, the electrical impulses are applied to peripheral nerves that control specific muscles or muscle groups, ideally via surface electrodes placed on the skin.

The present hands-on workshop will allow students from engineering and clinical areas to understand the principles of this technology and to apply it on human subjects. Students will participate actively along the workshop. They will work together in small groups and get the chance to experience the potentials and limits of electrical muscle stimulation from a first-person perspective.

Thierry Keller
Eukene Imatz
Miloš Kostic
Tecnalia Research & Innovation

 + information about WS3 

WS5 – Human neuromusculoskeletal modelling

In this three-day hands-on workshop, participants will be introduced to the theory behind modeling and simulation of human musculoskeletal function in OpenSim, along with the framework of the software architecture and functions. Participants will learn to create subject-specific musculoskeletal models and derive the underlying muscle dynamics. The workshop will teach how to use the OpenSim’s graphical user interface and how to access the Opensim API.


Massimo Sartori
University Medical Center Goettingen

Monica Reggiani
University of Padova

  + information about WS5 

WS6 – Brain Computer Interfaces: principles and applications in neurorehabilitation

Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) can be realized with EEG, ECoG, or spike activity recorded from the brain. A BCI convert brain waves into signals which can be interpreted by computers either to make statements about the brain itself, or to control an attached output device. BCIs have been developed during the last years mainly for people with severe disabilities to improve their quality of life. The integration of BCIs into rehabilitation settings is a promising new approach that enhances the rehabilitation process.

Arnau Espinosa
Guger Technologies OG

Jaime Ibáñez
Neural Rehabilitation Group, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain

 + information about WS6 

WS7 – Operant Conditioning of Spinal Reflexes in Human Subjects

This workshop will cover:

– A brief history of operant conditioning of spinal reflexes (from basic science research to clinical studies)
– Spinal reflex elicitation and recording
– Human H-reflex Operant conditioning protocol


Aiko Thompson
Dept of Health Sciences and Research, College of Health Professions. Medical Univ of South Carolina

Jonathan Wolpaw
Wadsworth Center. New York State Dept of Health and State. Univ of New York

+ information about WS7 


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