Project week "New technologies in neurorehabilitation and motor learning"

The “New technologies in neurorehabilitation and motor learning” project week, which the Chair of Human Movement Science organizes together with colleagues from the Department of Informatics, provided a platform for a rich exchange of interdisciplinary research ideas and inspiration. The objective of this project week is to immerse students of various study programs into the field of neurorehabilitation and motor learning, as well as provide them with practical experience to shape their professional profiles.

Fig. 1 Students working on their prosthesis design project
Fig. 2 Testing of neuro-rehabilitative games and rehabilitation facilities at the Schön Klinik
Fig. 3 Lecture series at TUM Garching
Fig. 4 Lecture series at Schön Klinik
Fig. 5 Laboratory visits at TUM Campus in Olympiapark

We were happy to receive Max Ortiz Catalán (Bionics at Chalmers University of Technology), Gordon Cheng (Cognitive Systems at Technical University of Munich), Strahinja Dosen (Neurorehabilitation Systems at Aalborg University), Cornelia Frank (Sport and Kinesiology at Univeristy of Osnabruck), Elisabetta Gazzerro (Muscular and Neurodegenerative Diseases at Hospital Charite Berlin), Sami Haddadin (Robotics and Machine Intelligence at Technical University of Munich), Joachim Hermsdörfer (Human Movement Science at Technical University of Munich), Fabian Just (Robotic Rehabilitation Therapy at Center for Bionics and Pain Research), Olivier Lambercy (Rehabilitation Engineering at ETH Zürich), and Tamar Makin (Cognitive Neuroscience Plasticity at University College of London) as keynote speakers talking about recent developments and challenges regarding the use of virtual reality and robotics in neurorehabilitation and about neurocognitive perspectives on the embodiment of artificial limbs.

Lectures and workshops by these leading researchers exposed students to the latest innovations and most pressing challenges that span the health, informatics, and engineering fields. Meaningful discussions about neurorehabilitation and motor learning arose from the exposure to state-of-the-art technologies during both laboratory tours and rehabilitation clinic visits.

A total of 24 students from 6 different master programs (Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics, Games engineering, Health Science, Human Factors Engineering, Neuroengineering, Sport and Exercise Science) collaborated to design solutions that challenge the status quo.

The students were joined into interdisciplinary teams to tackle research questions from different perspectives and will carry out their planned projects in the upcoming weeks.

Student feedback: “First, I must say, the first week of this module was simply awesome. I really enjoyed the talks of all the speakers, they gave me new food for thought and some ideas for another project I am currently working on. The trip to the Schön Klinik was also educational, interesting, and fun. I learned a lot in this short week.”

Here you can find the program!