Plenary Speakers


Oskar C. Aszmann 
Medical University of Vienna

Reggie Edgerton
Edgerton Neuromuscular Research Laboratory. University of California

Title: Matching Robotic Assistive Devices with Basic Physiological Principles of Sensorimotor Function.

Abstract: There is an increasing capability to control the distribution of current with a wide range of complicated designs of micro arrays and patterns of stimulation parameters that can be used to apply neuromodulate the nervous system. We are developing methods to achieve a much more adaptable and highly successful modulatory methodology that can focus currents on specific population of interneuronal networks within the spinal cord that define how motor pools and thus muscles are recruited and coordinated. I will discuss technical developments which can lead to maximizing the potential of spinal networks to process complex dynamic ensembles of proprioceptive input that can facilitate significant recovery of function post paralysis.


Deborah Falla
Chair in Rehabilitation Science and Physiotherapy.
Director, Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain (CPR Spine).
School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences. College of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham.



Dario Farina
Imperial College of London



Bernhard Graimann
Leading Expert Neurotechnology,
Head of the Department of Translational Research & Knowledge Management,
Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH.



Hugh Herr
MIT Media Lab



Donatella Mattia
Clinical Neurophysiology.
Neuroelectrical Imaging and BCI Lab.
Fondazione Santa Lucia, IRCCS



Marco Molinari
Director Neurorehabilitation 1 and Spinal Center
Director Clinical Translational Research
Head Neuro-Robot Rehabilitation Lab
IRCCS Fondazione S. Lucia



Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting
Aalborg University



Monica Perez
Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery.
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Lois Pope Life Center.
University of Miami.



Jose L. Pons
Research Professor, CSIC.
Cajal Institute



Dejan Popovic
Professor of Biomedical Enginering, University of Belgrade, Serbia



William Zev Rymer
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab



Aiko K. Thompson

Associate Professor
Department of Health Sciences and Research, College of Health Professions
Medical University of South Carolina, USA



Paul Verschure

Director SPECS lab, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalunya,
Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology,
Catalan Institute of Advanced Studies (ICREA),
Founder/CEO of Eodyne Systems S.L.,
Founder/Chairman of the Future Memory Foundation.

Title: Bringing neurorehabilitation from the lab to the real world: The theory and practice behind the Rehabilitation Gaming System.


Günter Edlinger
Dipl.-Ing., Dr. techn., CEO
g.tec medical engineering GmbH
g.tec medical engineering Spain SL
g.tec neurotechnology USA, Inc.