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Robotics for Clinicians: Hands on assessment-driven Rehabilitation Technology

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Description

The current trends in aging population, worldwide and in Singapore, and the ever-increasing needs for healthcare and eldercare have shifted the spotlight onto robotic and assistive technologies as a complementary resource in support of healthcare workers. As of today, robots for physical (neuro-)rehabilitation can be found in major hospitals and, at the current pace, more can be expected to soon reach community hospitals and day-cares. Are our clinicians ready to embrace this change and include robotic technologies in their daily work-routines?

Objectives

This course targets all health operators involved in training and objective assessment of patients undergoing physical rehabilitation and aims at building familiarity with this robotic and assistive technologies for the upper limb. The first half of the course will provide the basic concepts of biomechanics necessary to understand the effects of robotic assistance and robotic assessment. The second part of the course will be hands-on and will provide participants with a first –person experience with robotic rehabilitation.

Outline

The course consists of two modules

MODULE 1: Fundamental concepts of rehabilitation robotics

  • Basic understanding of brain neuro-plasticity and human motor learning.
  • Classification of different types of upper limb robots.
  • Description of features of healthy versus pathological human movement
  • Assessment methods used for understanding patients’ progress in rehabilitation technologies and its relation with conventionally used clinical scales.

MODULE 2: Hands-on session

  • Course participants will be given the unique opportunity to experience in first person the concepts illustrated during the first module of the course.

Who should attend

To be eligible for SkillsFuture Series subsidy, participants:

  • must be Singaporeans or Permanent Residents of Singapore

*Participants who do not fulfill the above criteria are not eligible for SkillsFuture Series funding, and are required to pay the course fee in full.

This course is designed for clinicians, therapists, nurses and medical practitioners who are using or planning to use robotic technologies for rehabilitation and neuro-rehabilitation technology. The course will also be useful to decision makers in medical institutions who might be required to evaluate/purchase new robotic technologies.

Experts

Education PhD (Microengineering) Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna, Pisa 2002 Diploma Degree Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna, Pisa 1999 Laurea Degree University of Pisa 1998 Biography Domenico CAMPOLO is currently Associate Professor at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technolog...
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