International Symposium on the Neuromechanics of Human Movement

A Ruperto-Carola symposium funded by the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Prize

4th – 6th October 2016, Heidelberg, Germany

The neuromechanics approach to the study of human movements involves an interdisciplinary combination of methods and knowledge from neuroscience, biomechanics and robotics. This symposium is aimed at promoting the dialogue between researchers from these fields.

Symposium Scope

Approaches that investigate the combined dynamics of the neural and biomechanical systems are of particular interest. How does this interaction affect the control of the complex and redundant human movement apparatus? How can modeling and experimental approaches, be translated into applications in clinical rehabilitation, and the development of human-robot systems such as neuro-protheses and exoskeletons. Some of the topics related to this symposium are:

  • Neuromechanics and its role in motor control
  • Combining modeling and experimental approaches in neuromechanics
  • Efferent and afferent neuromuscular pathways
  • Neural and muscular synergies
  • Spiking neural networks for muscular control
  • Parameter identification methods for neuromuscular physiology
  • Neural control of multi-muscle, multi-joint movements
  • Neuromuscular human-machine interfaces
  • Neural control for robotics applications
  • Translational research: From models/experiments to applications

The primary focus here is on human movements, however, researchers working on animal models and experiments of a “neuromechanical” nature are very welcome to join the discussion. This will be a 2.5 day single-track event with a focused gathering of researchers and ample time for discussions in formal and informal settings.

The symposium is funded by the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Foundation, in support of junior researchers at Heidelberg University.