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Workshop @ ISEK “How good is my robot? The increasing importance of benchmarking in wearable robotics research”

June 29 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wearable robots for gait assistance and rehabilitation, such as exoskeletons and prostheses, are becoming increasingly available in the market. These robotic systems are currently tested according to self-defined procedures and metrics, which can hardly be transferred across different laboratories and platforms. This makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to compare similar systems to each other. Benchmarking is a powerful tool that can help researchers and developers to overcome this problem. Recent efforts, mostly based on competitions (e.g. Cybathlon), have raised the attention for this topic. However, a consolidated benchmarking methodology for Robotics is still not available. The definition of standardized metrics and protocols to evaluate the effectiveness of wearable robotics technology is a crucial yet very complex issue, which involves multiple perspectives at technical, clinical and usability aspects.
The recently funded H2020 project EUROBENCH is working on the creation of a unified methodology for the assessment of wearable robotics performance, and will soon offer third party funding opportunities for research groups working on the following topics:

– Methods and protocols to test human and human-like locomotion performance in unstructured environments
– Equipment and test beds to allow replicability of benchmarking protocols across labs
– Simulation and modelling approaches to measure human-robot interactions
– Creation and use of databases to quantify human and robot performance in complex environments
– Testing safety of wearable robots
– Testing physiological and subjective impact of robotic use

This workshop wants to explore and discuss the main challenges behind robotic benchmarking as a follow-up of previous discussions workshops at WeRob2014, ICORR 2015, and WeRob2016, ICORR2017 conferences. The workshop is promoted by the H2020 Project EUROBENCH (starting on January 2018), and supported by the benchmarking bipedal locomotion hub and the COST Action CA16116 “Wearable Robots for Augmentation, Assistance or Substitution of Human Motor Functions”.

Workshop @ ISEK “How good is my robot? The increasing importance of benchmarking in wearable robotics research”