From R2D2 and C3PO of Star Wars fame; to human-like machines that exist to serve their creators; to the Rover Sojourner, which explored the Martian landscape as part of the Mars Pathfinder mission, the word “Robot” is loaded with a variety of human imaginations in movies, books, and cartoons, etc. that indicate a probable future. As elderly populations rise rapidly around the globe, the development of robotics that could provide comprehensive and customized care for seniors becomes imperative to meet the challenges of ageing societies. In the upcoming nexFrontier webinar, we are delighted to have experts and professors from the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Robotics and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) to share with us emerging robotics technologies and products that are customized for the elderly.
Firstly, Prof. Pierre Dillenbourg, Core PI of NCCR Robotics and full Professor in Learning Technologies at the School of Computer & Communication Sciences, EPFL will talk about robotic games for healthy ageing. Following that, Professor Guang-Zhong Yang, Dean of the Institute of Medical Robotics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, founding editor for Science Robotics, will discuss the role of robotics for the ageing society and how surgical, assistive and rehabilitation robots will be used in future years, and also outline some of the new research directions of the Institute of Medical Robotics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Then Prof. Robert Riener, Co-Director of NCCR Robotics, full Professor for Sensory-Motor Systems at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich will present new patient-cooperative and easy-to-use robotic devices that will improve the rehabilitation of arm movements and gait. Finally, Prof. Le Xie, Professor at National Digital Manufacturing Technology Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University will discuss the application of virtual reality technology in rehabilitation.
16:00 – 16:03 Introduction
By Libing Gu, Head of Academic Relations, Swissnex in China
16:03 – 16:15 Silver haptic: Haptic Games for Healthy Ageing
By Prof. Pierre Dillenbourg, full Professor in Learning Technologies, School of Computer & Communication Sciences, EPFL; Associate Vice-President for Education at EPFL; Core PI at NCCR Robotics
16:15 – 16:27 Robotics and Ageing Society
By Prof. Guang-Zhong Yang, Dean of the Institute of Medical Robotics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Co-founder and director of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Imperial College London; Founder and editor-in-chief of Science Robotics; Chairman of the British Association of Robots and Automatic Control Systems
16:27 – 16:39 Rehabilitation Robots that Cooperate and Motivate
By Prof. Robert Riener, full Professor for Sensory-Motor Systems, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich; full Professor of Medicine, University Hospital Balgrist, University of Zurich; Co-Director at NCCR Robotics
16:39 – 16:51 Virtual Reality in Rehabilitation
By Prof. Le Xie, Professor at National Digital Manufacturing Technology Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Vice director of Rehabilitation Engineering Institute of SJTU
16:51 – 17:10 Q&A
Prof. Dr. Pierre DillenbourgFull Professor in Learning Technologies in the School of Computer & Communication Sciences, EPFL; Associate Vice-President for Education at EPFL; Core PI NCCR Robotics
A former teacher in elementary school, Prof. Pierre Dillenbourg graduated in educational science (University of Mons, Belgium). He started his research on learning technologies in 1984. In 1986, he has been one of the first in the world to apply machine learning to develop a self-improving teaching system. He obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Lancaster (UK), in the domain of artificial intelligence applications for education. He has been assistant professor at the University of Geneva. He joined EPFL in 2002. He has been the director of Center for Research and Support on Learning and its Technologies, then academic director of Center for Digital Education, which implements the MOOC strategy of EPFL (over 2 million registrations). He is full professor in learning technologies in the School of Computer & Communication Sciences, where he is the head of the CHILI Lab: “Computer-Human Interaction for Learning & Instruction.” He is the director of the leading house DUAL-T, which develops technologies for dual vocational education systems (carpenters, florists,...).
Prof. Dr. Guang-Zhong YangChair Professor, Dean, Institute of Medical Robotics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Editor-in-chief, Science Robotics
Professor Guang-Zhong Yang (CBE, FREng, FIEEE, FIET, FAIMBE, FIAMBE, FMICCAI, FCGI) is a chair professor and the founding dean of the Institute of Medical Robotics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He was the founder and director of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Imperial College London, UK. Professor Yang’s main research interests are in medical imaging, sensing and robotics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, fellow of IEEE, IET, AIMBE, IAMBE, MICCAI, CGI and a recipient of the Royal Society Research Merit Award and listed in The Times Eureka ‘Top 100’ in British Science. Professor Yang is the founding editor of Science Robotics (http://robotics.sciencemag.org/) – a journal of the Science family dedicated to the latest advances in robotics and how it enables or underpins new scientific discoveries. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2017 New Year Honour for his contribution to biomedical engineering.
Prof. Dr. Robert RienerFull Professor for Sensory-Motor Systems, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich; Full Professor of Medicine, University Hospital Balgrist, UZH; Co-Director, NCCR Robotics
Prof. Robert Riener is full professor for Sensory-Motor Systems at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich, and full professor of medicine at the University Hospital Balgrist, University of Zurich. His work focuses on the investigation of the sensory-motor interactions between humans and machines and the development of user-cooperative rehabilitation robots, exoskeletons and virtual reality technologies. Prof. Riener is the initiator and organizer of the Cybathlon, which was awarded with the European Excellence Award, the Yahoo Sports Technology Award and with two categories of the REIMAGINE Education Award. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles, 20 books and book chapters and he filed 25 patents. He has received 22 personal distinctions and awards. In 2018 Prof. Riener obtained the honorary doctoral degree from the University of Basel.
Prof. Dr. Le XieProfessor at National Digital Manufacturing Technology Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU); Vice Director of Rehabilitation Engineering Institute of SJTU
Prof. Le Xie is Professor at National Digital Manufacturing Technology Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). He is Vice Director of Rehabilitation Engineering Institute of SJTU and Vice Chairman of Digital Medical Institution of Chinese Medical Association. He has presided more than 20 research projects on surgical robot and rehabilitation robot, virtual reality, virtual surgery, which include the project of major program of National Natural Science Foundation of China, the project from national high technology research and development program of China, key project of national science and technology pillar program of China.
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The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Robotics is a Swiss nationwide organization funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation pulling together top researchers from all over the country with the objective of developing new, human oriented robotic technology for improving our quality of life. The Centre was opened on 1st December 2010, and binds together experts from seven world-class research institutions; École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) (leading house), Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH Zurich) (co-leading house), Universität Zürich (UZH), Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull’Intelligenza Artificiale (IDSIA) Lugano, University of Bern (UNIBE), the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) and the University of Basel (UNIBAS), for a period of up to 12 years. NCCR Robotics are at the forefront of robotics research and develop robots that co-exist symbiotically with humans in order to enable them to help both individuals and society. NCCR Robotics promotes three main strands of research: Wearable robots, Rescue robots, and Education robots.
nexFrontier series is the latest webinar series at Swissnex in China which spotlights cutting-edge research in Switzerland and China. With a particular focus on NCCRs and top-class research labs in China, this series hopes to introduce the most pioneering research advancements in Switzerland and China to an enthusiastic audience and promotes potential exchange and collaboration between the two labs or institutions.