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Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics

ROBOMECH Journal is please to announce a new thematic series on "Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics".

Rehabilitation and assistive robotics is one of research areas which have garnered immense interest in the past decade. That robotics explores a promising system and device to keep elder people or physically challenged people active in their daily livings, while longevity society of the world increases risk of disorder, such as frailty, sarcopenia, articular pain, paralysis and sensory obstacle. Thus, physical assistance using the robotic device are expected to support their independent life and relieve burden of a physical therapist and a care giver.  In addition, robots potentially enhances an effect of rehabilitation or advances a rehabilitation protocol using precise temporal and special control based on biological information in a space with multiple degrees of freedom. Some wearable and non-wearable robots have already been working in our society, but they are not enough for active and convenient long-life. Not only with Robot system, computational systems on biosignal processing in EMG (Electromyography), EEG (Electroencephalography), and other modalities are within the scope of this call as long as it contributes to Rehabilitation and Assistive Systems.

This special issue gathers research articles, development reports, news, and reviews, focusing on cutting-edge wearable and non-wearable robots and key technologies which contributes to support human activities such as mobility and manipulation in a daily living environment or medical /welfare institutions.

A list of recommended topics is given below:

Recommended Topics: Topics of interest, but are not limited to:

1) Assistive Robotics
2) Rehabilitation Robotics
3) Prosthetics
4) Human-robot interaction and collaboration
5) Safety aspects in rehabilitation and assistive robotics
6) Social robotics
7) Computational method in modeling and control with biosignal processing

Submission Procedure:

Prospective authors should follow standard author instructions for:


Deepak Joshi (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India)

Vineet Vashista (Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India)

Mitsuhiro Hayashibe (Tohoku University, Japan)

Yasuhisa Hasegawa (Nagoya University, Japan)

  1. People with disabilities, such as patients with motor paralysis conditions, lack independence and cannot move most parts of their bodies except for their eyes. Supportive robot technology is highly beneficial ...

    Authors: Photchara Ratsamee, Yasushi Mae, Kazuto Kamiyama, Mitsuhiro Horade, Masaru Kojima and Tatsuo Arai
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:27
  2. It is a problem that the poor gait function of many elderly people affects their activities of daily living (ADL), and deteriorates their quality of life (QoL). To enhance rehabilitation of the gait function, ...

    Authors: Katsushi Ogawa, Kenji Uegami, Itaru Chiba, Kyono Uno, Hiroki Aoyama, Kazuo Yonenobu and Seonghee Jeong
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2020 7:27
  3. This paper proposes a stair-climbing gait for a four-wheeled vehicle. The idea and methodology of climbing stairs are described, and the results of experiments are shown. Crawler-type vehicles and vehicles wit...

    Authors: Shuro Nakajima
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2020 7:20
  4. As the geriatric population expands, caregivers require more accurate training to handle and care for the elderly. However, students lack methods for acquiring the necessary skill and experience, as well as su...

    Authors: Miran Lee, Ko Ameyama, Hirotake Yamazoe and Joo-Ho Lee
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2020 7:12
  5. Stretching is a major treatment for restoring the ankle range of motion while decreasing the ankle stiffness. An automatic stretching machine can provide long-term continual stretching at home. However, no com...

    Authors: Yuma Shiraishi, Shogo Okamoto, Naomi Yamada, Koki Inoue, Yasuhiro Akiyama and Yoji Yamada
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2020 7:10
  6. In supermarkets or grocery, a shopping cart is a necessary tool for shopping. In this paper, we have developed an intelligent shopping support robot that can carry a shopping cart while following its owners an...

    Authors: Md Matiqul Islam, Antony Lam, Hisato Fukuda, Yoshinori Kobayashi and Yoshinori Kuno
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2019 6:18