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Special Talk by Dr. Lars Lünenburger

July 16, 2013

Blusson Spinal Cord Centre Lecture Hall
12:00 pm
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Join us on Tuesday, July 16th at noon for a talk from visiting speaker Dr. Lars Lünenburger of the Swiss firm Hokoma.  The talk is titled Augmented Performance Feedback for Functional Training in Robot-Aided RehabilitationDr. Lünenburger will be presenting results of recent studies focusing on the acceptance and efficacy of Augmented Performance Feedback exercises in Hocoma’s devices.

Food will be served and admission is free!
Registration is required. Please email sahl@icord.org by July 15th, noon.

Abstract
Robotic and computer technologies provide opportunities for improving the rehabilitation of patients with neurological disorders that go beyond conventional physical therapy. The established principles of motor learning remain relevant; among them the relevance of feedback. Apart from allowing the correction of errors during the movements, the visibility of success and improvement over time can be strong motivational factors. While using technologies of virtual reality and computer games, Hocoma prefers the term Augmented Performance Feedback because they consider selection of the right key parameters and their translation into an exercise the relevant steps.

Dr. Lünenburger will give an overview over the concepts and current implementation of Augmented Performance Feedback exercises in Hocoma’s devices as well as current developments. Furthermore, he will present results of recent studies focusing on the acceptance and efficacy of these exercises for neurorehabilitation.

About Dr. Lars Lünenburger
Dr. Lars Lünenburger studied physics and mathematics in Siegen, Germany, and Zurich, Switzerland. He received his doctoral degree with honours from University of Bochum, Germany, in 2002 for research on coordination of eye and arm movements. From 2002 to 2006, he worked at Balgrist University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, and developed and evaluated feedback and assessment methods for the gait training robot Lokomat. He joined Hocoma in 2006 as Head of Software Engineering. Today as Chief Specialist Core Technologies he is responsible for knowledge management and the technological and scientific background.