When: September 28, 2017, full day workshop
Where: Vancouver, BC, at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Systems, IROS2017
The human body and its movement have long been a focus of study in physiology, anatomy, biomechanics and neuroscience. More recently, the design and movement strategies of the body have become an important source of inspiration for humanoid and wearable robotics researchers. With its unique combination of physical structure and neuromuscular control mechanisms, the human body can perform a wide range of agile and dexterous movements, often in the most efficient way possible. Over the past three decades, much progress has been made in developing methods for the modeling, analysis, synthesis, and optimization of articulated bodies. These methods have not only improved our knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms underlying human movement, but have also been effectively applied to humanoid robot design and control. More generally, the use of quantitative human motion analysis and synthesis is creating new applications in, e.g., medical diagnosis, monitoring and feedback during rehabilitation and sports training, animation, ergonomic analysis and design, and improved rehabilitation and assistive robots and devices. This workshop aims to bring together the main research themes in this emerging field, to highlight the utility of movement science for robotics, synthesize the key insights learned to date, and to illustrate emerging research contributing both to robotics and human movement understanding.