The program will be composed by regular, special and poster sessions, and workshops. Furthermore, plenary lectures will be given by well-known scientists in the field of NeuroRehabilitation. The program will aim at enriching the knowledge of the participants, widening their point of view on specific topics related to NeuroRehabilitation, and getting in closer contact with experts in this field.

Confirmed plenary speakers:

 

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Dr. Ales Holobar
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor

 


 

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Dr. Vivian K Mushahwar
University of Alberta. Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

 

 


 

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Dr. Ferdinando A. Mussa-Ivadi
Northwestern University and Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

 

 
Title: Model-based motor learning and its clinical implications

Abstract: A growing body of evidence suggests that when we interact physically with our environments our brains form models of the deterministic connection between our actions and the ensuing sensory information. Theories of motor learning posit that the formation of internal models is a key mechanism though which the brain forms predictions about the outcomes of actions, overcoming certain limitations of the biological feedback system. Consistent with these theories, experiments with human-robot interactions have demonstrated the ability of the brain to capture the difference between random and deterministic forces. After a brief review of some earlier studies, I will focus on a family of human-machine interfaces that create a many-to-one mapping between body motions and movements of an external controlled object. In this context, the user learns to control the external object by forming an inverse model of the interface mapping. I will describe this learning process as a state-based dynamical system and will discuss how machine learning may connect with human learning to facilitate the acquisition of motor skills and their recovery after injury to the nervous system.