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I C O R R 99
SIXTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON REHABILITATION ROBOTICS
July 1-2, 1999
Stanford University, Stanford, California, U.S.A.
Design Division, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University;
Rehabilitation R&D Center, Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System
Sponsored at Stanford by:
Center for Design Research, Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford Learning Lab, C.S. Robotics Lab, M.E. Biomechanical Engineering Div., Dept. of Functional Restoration
With generous support from:
Spinal Cord Research Foundation of the Paralyzed Veterans of Americaand Adept Technology Inc. of San Jose, CA
The biannual International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR) was held July 1-2, 1999, at Stanford University, California. The ICORR'99 theme was "Communication and Learning," to bring into sharp focus the importance of placing robots in the most enabling contexts society offers to everyone. Robots and mechatronic devices have the most potential for people with disabilities in schools, clinics, homes, and at work. ICORR'99 was geared to stimulate communication between clinical and engineering professionals, to share progress in ongoing research, development, evaluation, and product commercialization.
Format: The 2-day, one-track conference included a keynote speech by Prof. George Bekey of the University of Southern California, 25 presentations, 15 posters, 8 demonstrations from local labs and companies and 4 demonstrations from research labs around the world. The two extended lunch-time breaks was devoted to the posters and live robot demonstrations. There is an author's guide available for all three types of submissions. On June 30, the day prior to the conference, we arranged tours of local R&D labs in robotics and rehabilitation, taking full advantage of the richness that Silicon Valley offers. An only-in-California dining experience was offered on the evening of the first conference day. Prof. Larry Leifer, a pioneer of Rehabilitation Robotics, gave a dessert-time talk that reminded us of our humble past and projected us into a blazing future.
Sessions: In keeping with previous ICORRs, session topics included: Robotics in Therapy, Wheelchair and Mobile Robots, Evaluation and Simulations, Assistive Robots, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Interface and Internet-Based Designs, Program Overviews, Hardware and Control, Evaluation Methods and Clinical Experience.
The timing of ICORR'99 allowed participants to travel directly from RESNA'99, held in Long Beach, a one-hour plane trip away. The long Independence Day weekend after ICORR'99 made the San Francisco Bay Area an attractive place to relax after the conference.
Through a generous grant from the Spinal Cord Injury Foundation, ICORR'99 was pleased to be able to offer travel/registration/lodging fellowships for 11 authors of accepted papers/posters/hardware demos. In addition, to encourage participants to bring their rehabilitation robot prototypes and products to ICORR'99, shipping fellowships were also available. The eligibility criteria and application form are available online.
Please visit the ICORR web site periodically for the most-up-to-date information regarding the conference. If you missed the conference the printed proceedings are available.
With the theme of "Communication and Learning," our goal was to provide participants with the best perspective on harnessing the next century's high technology explosion for rehabilitation applications in the clinic, the workplace and the home. ICORR'99 was a tremendous success!
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