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European Robotics Forum

Published: 7 February 2017

Workshop on "Multidisciplinarity in Robotic Exoskeleton Technology: Towards the Enhancement of the Human Musculoskeletal System."

Where: European Robotics Forum (ERF), Edinburgh, UK

When: 24 March 2017, 14:00


Dario Farina, Imperial College London, United Kingdom (

George Nikolakopoulos, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden (

Matteo Fumagalli, Aalborg University, Denmank (

Ulrik Roijezon, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden (

Motivation and Objective

The motivation behind the proposed special session is the growing need for developing practical and multi-dimensional robotic exoskeletons for supporting the human body and enhancing its motion capabilities. Such a vision requires the scientific conjunction of multiple disciplines, while the formulation of such multidisciplinary groups can ultimately guide technological novelty to new horizons and impact society in radical ways.

The main objective of this special session will be to bring together the leading research and industrial community in a) Biomechanics, b) Control Engineering, c) Machine Learning, d) Neurorehabilitation, e) Physio-Ergonomy, for discussing the recent developments, trends, challenges and concepts on assistive exoskeleton technology. Via the brainstorming of new ways of interconnecting different scientific and technological backgrounds for the conceptualization of multi-purpose exoskeletal appliances, the final outcome of this workshop will be the roadmap for future actions and collaborations in robotic exoskeleton technology.


The workshop will start with short presentations by selected participants on assistive robotic exoskeleton technology, provided through a prism of different scientific disciplines (biomechanics, control engineering, machine learning, neuro-rehabilitation, physio-ergonomy etc.). These presentations will provide a basis on the current developments and trends in exoskeletal devices, while highlighting the main challenges of producing advanced appliances for the enhancement of the human musculoskeletal system. In the sequel, participants from research, industry and innovation will engage in round-table brainstorming and conceptualization of a layout for developing novel multi-purpose exoskeletal appliances for the enhancement of the human musculoskeletal system.


14:00 - 14:05 Introduction by the moderators

14:05 - 14:20 Short statement presentations by selected participants

14:20 - 15:10 Round-table brainstorming discussions

15:10 - 15:25 Presentation of the outcome by the moderators

15:25 - 15:30 Concluding discussion on planned follow-up

How can participants contribute to, and prepare for, the workshop?

Interested participants must submit a short vision statement by 10th March 2017 to the following email address Please use the following information as a template:

E-mail subject:ERF 2017 Workshop - Participation Statement

The sent e-mail should include contact details, company/affiliation and a short participation statement addressing the following points:

  • Participant’s area of expertise
  • Research vision in exoskeleton-related technology
  • Identified challenges
  • Proposed solution