This workshop will provide a platform to discuss the emerging techniques and paradigms of movement augmentation as well as how it can be applied in medical robotics.

Through a series of presentations and interactive panel discussions we will evaluate the potential and limitations of the field while also identifying the key future challenges for both research and industry to address.

8 engineers, surgeons and members of industry working in related fields will present their research and discuss the issues of human movement augmentation with particular focus on the applications of surgical robotics and the rehabilitation/restoration of individuals after hemiplegia.

There will also be a live Q&A session allowing the audience to join the discussion.

Date: Sunday 26th June 2022

Time: 08:00 – 16:00


Time Speaker: Title
07:30 – 08:00 Registration & Coffee
08:00 – 08:20 Etienne Burdet: Welcome & Introduction
08:20 – 09:00 Dr Yanpei Huang: Three-hand surgery: hand-free control strategies in robotic surgery to command the third surgical tool
09:00 – 09:40 Prof Guillaume Morel: Third tool control in robotic assisted surgery
09:40 – 10:20 Brice Gayet: Robotic augmentation in surgery: the surgical perspective
10:20 – 10:40 Coffee Break
10:40 – 11:20 Carsten Mehring: Movement augmentation: What exists in nature and how to extend that to artificial devices 
11:20 – 12:00 Dario Farina: Non-invasive signals for movement augmentation through motor unit decomposition
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 – 13:40 Mattia Pinardi: Sensory feedback for movement augmentation
13:40 – 14:20 Andrea D’Avella: Muscular null space in motor learning and for motor augmentation
14:20 – 14:40 Coffee Break
14:40 – 15:20 Domenico Prattichizzo: Human sensorimotor augmentation via wearable interfaces and supernumerary robotic limbs: the intrinsic kinematic nullspace
15:20 – 15:55 Dagmar Sternad: Adaptation, Learning and Retention for Human Augmentation of Postural Balance in Standing and Walking
15:55 – 16:00 Jonathan Eden: Closing Remarks

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the potential of human motor augmentation for surgery and assistive robotics;
  • Explore the opportunities and limitations of human augmentation in robotic surgery;
  • Understand how surgical procedures could incorporate human augmentation (microsurgery, minimally invasive etc.);
  • Knowledge of the current state of the art of augmentation technologies in surgical and rehabilitation robotics and how current research can be translated into industry;
  • Consideration of how to command robotic augmentation devices including what to make an automatic behaviour;
  • Explore how human augmentation has been used to restore functions to people after stroke;
  • Knowledge of how the integration of feedback can improve user performance with prostheses and human augmentation.


This workshop is worth 6 CPD points, please register to qualify for certification.


Dr. Yanpei Huang

Yanpei Huang is a post-doctoral researcher in Human Robotics Group, at the Department of Bioengineering,…

  • Talk: Three-hand surgery: hand-free control strategies in robotic surgery to command the third surgical tool
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