Seminars hosted by the Rehabilitation Engineering Lab

Hand, Brain & Technology 2014

Monte Verità, Switzerland, September 7 – 12, 2014

Conference website


We thank all the conference participants for an inspiring and insightful week! Conference pictures can be found here.


September 2014
Congratulations to Roger Gassert for his appointment as associate professor at ETH Zurich!
ETH media release

March 2014
We welcome Prof. Theodore Milner from McGill University, who will carry out his sabbatical at RELab

January 2014
RELab Spin-off ReHaptix receives »venture» 2014 top ten business ideas award. Article in the Tagesanzeiger

November 2013
Video abstract of article "Full body illusion is associated with widespread skin temperature reduction" using stroking robot.

October 2013
TV interview with Roger Gasert on seeing white cane in “Gesundheit Heute” (from 11’55’’).

September 2013
ETH Pattus featured on cover page of IEEE TNSRE September issue.


August 2013
We welcome Prof. Derek Kamper from the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, who will carry out his sabbatical at RELab

Dr. James Sulzer appointed as Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Silvio Ionta awarded a SNSF Ambizione Grant

Streichelroboter hilft Hirngespinste aufzuspüren

July 2013
RELab obtains Japanese-Swiss Research Cooperation Grant to develop a brain-triggered robotic hand orthosis.

Article in The Japan News

June 2013
We welcome Mike Rinderknecht who joined us for a PhD after a resarch stay at the CHARM lab at Stanford University.

SNSF Horizonte article on real-time fMRI neurofeedback: Achtsamkeit auf Ingenieursart (p. 28).

Workshop on Hand Rehabilitation at ICORR 2013.

April 2013
4 papers accepted for ICORR 2013!

More news...

Upcoming Seminars

Motor Control and Rehabilitation in Tool Use and Body Balance
Prof. Joachim Hermsdörfer and Dr. Leif Johannsen
Technische Universität München
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 13h15
ETH Zurich Central Campus, Room HG F 26.1, 8092 Zurich

Past Seminars

Combining haptics and functional neuroimaging to map human motor coordination and control
Samir Menon
Stanford University, USA
Thursday, November 27, 2014, 13:15 – 14:15
ETH Zurich Central Campus, Room ML E 13, 8092 Zurich

Sensory Plasticity in Human Motor Learning
David Ostry
Professor, McGill University, Canada
Friday, October 17, 2014, 11:00 – 12:00
ETH Zurich Central Campus, Room LEE C104, 8092 Zurich

ETH Zurich Distinguished Seminar in Robotics, Systems, and Control
Advances in wearable exoskeletons for assistance of human gait
Hermann van der Kooij
Professor, Dept. of Biomechanical Engineering, University of Twente, the Netherlands
Friday, September 26, 2014, 15:15 – 16:15
ETH Zurich Central Campus, Room HG G 3, Raemistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich

Designing Devices to Extend the Body
Prof. Brent Gillespie
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 14:00 – 15:00
ETH Zurich Central Campus, Room ML E 13, Sonneggstrasse 3, 8092 Zurich

Technologies for Neurorehabilitation of Hand Function
Prof. Derek Kamper
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology
Monday, December 16, 2013, 15:30 – 16:30
ETH Zurich Central Campus, Room HG E 33.5, Raemistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich

Current State of Image-guided Minimally Invasive Surgery
Prof. Makoto Hashizume
Department of Advanced Medical Initiatives, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 14:00 – 15:00
ETH Zurich Central Campus, Room HG F 26.1, Raemistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich

ETH Zurich Distinguished Seminar in Robotics, Systems, and Control
Modeling, Planning, and Control for Robot-Assisted Medical Interventions
Prof. Allison Okamura
Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University
Friday, October 18, 2013, 15:15 – 16:15
ETH Zurich Central Campus, Room HG G 3, Raemistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich

Machine Learning and Shared Control with Assistive Robots
Prof. Brenna Argall
Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Northwestern University
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 14:00 – 15:00
ETH Zurich Central Campus, Room HG F 33.1, Raemistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich

Models and Neural Bases of Motor Adaptation with Applications to Neuro-Rehabilitation Post-Stroke
Prof. Nicolas Schweighofer
Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California, USA
Thursday, June 6, 2013, 17:00 – 18:00
ETH Zurich Central Campus, Room HG F 26.3, Raemistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich

Dissecting the Compensatory Mechanism after Partial Spinal Cord Injury
Prof. Tadashi Isa, M.D. Ph.D.
National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Okazaki, JAPAN
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 13h15–14h15
ETH Zentrum, HG E 23, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich

Sensori-motor learning and motion perception in virtual environments
Prof. Jean-Pierre Bresciani
University of Fribourg
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
University Hospital Zurich, kleiner Hörsaal Ost B5, Gloriasstrasse 29, 8091 Zurich

Body Intelligence in the Hand: From Human to Artificial Haptics
Prof. Antonio Bicchi
Dept. of Engineering, University of Pisa
Friday, November 23, 2012, 15:15
ETH Zurich Central Campus, Room HG F3, Raemistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich

When the skin sings the body dances: tactile proprioception
and implications for haptic devices

Prof. Bernard Martin
University of Michigan, Department of Industrial and Operation Engineering
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 10h15–11h15
HG G 26.1, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zürich

Re-engineering the Brain for Recovery of Motor Function
Prof. Theodore E. Milner
McGill University
Friday, June 8, 2012, 14h15–15h15
CLA E 4, Tannenstrasse 3, 8092 Zürich

Multi-level representations of dexterous manipulation: digits, objects, and tasks
Prof. Marco Santello
Arizona State University, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
Monday, December 19, 2011, 16h15–17h15
CLA E 4, Tannenstrasse 3, 8092 Zürich

Surface Haptics: Virtual Touch on Physical Surfaces
Prof. Ed Colgate
Northwestern University
Friday, October 21, 2011, 15h15–16h15
ML E 12, Sonneggstrasse 3, 8092 Zürich

A functional threshold in stroke recovery
Prof. Nicolas Schweighofer
University of Southern California
Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 16h15–17h15
HG F 26.3, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zürich

World's most advanced 21 DOF robotic arm and hand:
The DARPA Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009 program delivers the Modular Prosthetic Limb

Eric L. Faulring, Ph.D.
Kinea Design, LLC (Evanston, IL, USA)
Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 10h30-11h30
HG F 26.1, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zürich

Restoration of Haptic Sensation for Upper Extremity Prostheses
Keehoon Kim, Ph.D.
Korea Institute of Science and Technology
Monday, May 23, 2011, 10h30-11h30
HG F26.3, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zürich

Neuroimaging of plasticity and recovery
Nick Ward, Ph.D.
Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Neurologist, Institute of Neurology, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, University College, London
Tuesday, May 03, 2011, 17h00-18h00
Personalrestaurant, Balgrist University Hospital, Zürich

"Where am I?": Robotics/fMRI joint approach to study subjectivity
Silvio Ionta, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience (LNCO), EPFL, Lausanne
Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 16h15 -17h00
HG F 26.1, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zürich

Interactive and self-adaptive mechanisms: exploring the hardly possible
Prof. Just Herder
Part-time full professor at the University of Twente and part-time associate professor at Delft University of Technology
Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 14h15 -15h15
HG F 33.5, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zürich

From Image Guided Surgery to Sensor Guided Surgery; Technical Innovations
Kiyoyuki Chinzei, Ph.D.
Leader, Surgical Assist Technology Group, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Japan
Monday, June 21, 2010, 14h15–15h15
ML E 13, Sonneggstr. 3, 8092 Zürich

Physically and perceptually based haptics
Prof. Vincent Hayward
Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris
Thursday, November 12, 2009, 14h00
HG E 5, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zürich

Human-centered robotics, medical robotics and welfare technology at the Nagoya Inst. of Technology
Profs. Hideo Fujimoto, Naoyuki Takesue, Jumpei Arata and Yoshihiro Tanaka
Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
Thursday, September 24, 2009, 11h15
CLA E4, Tannenstrasse 3, 8092 Zürich

New Actuators for Advanced Mechatronics
Prof. Toshiro Higuchi
Dept. of Precision Machinery Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 11h00
CLA J1, Tannenstrasse 3, 8092 Zürich


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