Special Issue "Rehabilitation Robotics: Recent Advancements and New Perspectives about Training and Assessment of Sensorimotor Functions"
A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2019).
Interests: rehabilitation robotics, motor learning, computational motor control
Interests: rehabilitation robotics, robotic assessment of the sensorimotor functions, motor control and learning
The mortality rate of people with neurological disorders (e.g., stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and many others) is continuously decreasing, thanks to the advancements made in related clinical research. Conversely, an effective rehabilitation intervention for surviving patients, who will exhibit permanent motor deficits, has not been found or developed yet. As a result, neurological disorders are the leading cause of long-term disability in the adult world, entailing an enormous societal problem, with still no solution.
Successful approaches seem to be focused on developing therapies that promote neuroplasticity. One of the most promising among them is the exploitation of robotics technology, so called “rehabilitation robotics”. This discipline aims at developing novel solutions for assisted therapy and objective functional assessment of patients with reduced motor and/or sensory abilities. These solutions augment existing conventional therapeutic protocols, in order to improve the patient’s recovery process. However, how can robots be useful in this process, and what is the rationale for their introduction in the rehabilitation arena, are just two of the many questions to be answered.
Nowadays, rehabilitation robotics can be considered a very fertile multidisciplinary research area, where technology plays a pivotal role in enabling translational applications of most advanced findings in neuroscience, human biology and clinical rehabilitation.
This Special Issue aims to cover all aspects mentioned above, highlighting recent advances in the development of robotic devices and algorithms for their control, with a particular focus on the assessment and training of sensorimotor functions.
Dr. Jacopo Zenzeri
Dr. Francesca Marini
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- Rehabilitation robotics
- Robotic assessment
- Robot-assisted therapy
- Robot design
- Robot control
- Computational neurorehabilitation
- Robotics for clinical neuroscience
- Brain machine interfaces in rehabilitation
- Neural processes of rehabilitation