IFESS programme

IFESS programme

Note: All sessions 15 min unless otherwise stated.

Tuesday 18th July

Session 1: Brain Computer interface, Central Nervous System Stimulation and Recording

Time: 11:00 - 12:15

Aleksandra Vuckovic, Manaf Al-Taleb, Matthew Fraser and Mariel Purcell.  Feasibility Study of Brain Computer Interface Controlled Functional Electrical Stimulation for Hand Rehabilitation in Tetraplegic Patients at Home

Toshiyuki Fujiwara, Junichi Ushiba and Yoshihisa Masakado.  Transcutaneous spinal stimulation for gait rehabilitation among patients with stroke

Carolina Tabernig, Camila Lopez, Lucia Carrere and Carlos Ballario. Neurorehabilitation therapy of patients with severe stroke based on functional electrical stimulation commanded by a brain computer interface.

Ruediger Rupp, Matthias Schneiders, Bjoern Hessing, Patrick Jersch, Andreas Kogut, Boris Bertram, Andrew Ramsay, Roderick Murray-Smith and Gernot Mueller-Putz.  The EEG-controlled MoreGrasp grasp neuroprosthesis for individuals with high spinal cord injury – multipad electrodes for screening and closed-loop grasp pattern control

Ashley Dalrymple, Dirk Everaert, Amirali Toossi and Vivian Mushahwar.  A Speed-Adaptable Intraspinal Microstimulation Controller to Restore Walking in a Spinal Cord Hemisection Model


Session 2: FES Cycling

Time: 16:00 - 17:30

  1. Keynote Glen Davis (30min).  What we know and what we don't know about FES Cycling for Fitness and Health Benefits
  2. Efe Anil Aksöz, Marc A. Luder, Marco Laubacher, Robert Riener, Stuart Binder-Macleod and Kenneth Hunt.  Stochastically-modulated inter-pulse intervals to increase the efficiency of FES cycling.
  3. Lana Popovic Maneski, Amine Metani, Vance Bergeron and Dejan B Popovic.  A Practical Method To Determine And Assess FES Cycling Patterns
  4. Elisabetta Peri, Emilia Ambrosini, Giorgio Ferriero, Claudia Nava, Valentina Longoni, Marco Monticone, Alessandra Pedrocchi, Giancarlo Ferrigno and Simona Ferrante.   Multimodal biofeedback-based lower limb training in post-acute stroke patients: a randomized controlled trial
  5. Thomas Janssen, Thomas Atsma, Betty Moedig, Sonja van der Zwan and Christof Smit.  The cardiorespiratory and metabolic effects of additional muscle recruitment during functional electrical stimulation leg cycling in people with spinal cord injury.


Wednesday 19th July

Session 3: FES Methods

Time: 11:00 - 12:15

  1. Andrew Ekelem and Michael Goldfarb.  EMG of the External Abdominal Oblique as a Step Command User Interface for FES Assisted Gait
  2. Francisco Romero, F. Javier Alonso Sánchez, Urbano Lugrís, José Manuel Charneco and Jorge Barrios-Muriel.  A FES-motor test bench for muscle parameter identification and control design for hybrid orthoses
  3. Thomas Barton, David Low, Dick Thijssen, Thomas Janssen, Christof Smit and Maurits Sloots.  Femoral artery blood flow and cutaneous perfusion during acute, novel, user-friendly low level electrical stimulation in spinal cord injury.
  4. Dawn Taylor, Frank Willett, Tyler Johnson and Harrison Kalodimos.  Simplifying FES Programming by Letting the Brain Drive Muscle Stimulators Directly.
  5. Jee Hyun Suh, Donghwi Park, Hayoung Kim and Ju Seok Ryu.  The Effectiveness of Sequential Four-Channel Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation System for the Treatment of Dysphagia using Kinematic Analysis.

Session 4: Implants and electrodes

Time: 16:00 - 17:30

  1. Keynote Philip Troyk (30min).  Engineering Implantable Neural Interfaces: Lessons from the Past Applied to Designs for the Future.
  2. Christina Salchow, Markus Valtin, Natalie Jankowski and Thomas Schauer.   Semi-Automatic Virtual Electrode Identification for Electrode Arrays in Clinical Practice.
  3. Marco Laubacher, Efe Anil Aksöz, Anne Brust, Ines Bersch, Stuart Binder-Macleod, Robert Riener and Kenneth Hunt.  Spatially distributed sequential stimulation of m. quadriceps in spinal cord injury.
  4. Max Eickenscheidt, Jonas Eberhardt and Thomas Stieglitz.  Towards electrochemical noise analysis of electrode/electrolyte interfaces in vivo.
  5. Vivian K. Mushahwar, Amirali Toossi, Dirk G. Everaert and Steve I. Perlmutter.  Targets for Intraspinal Microstimulation Implants in the Lumbar Spinal Cord of Non-Human Primates



Thursday 20th July

Session 5: Clinical applications and studies

Time: 11:00 - 12:15

  1. Christine Singleton. Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) of the abdominal muscles in the treatment of chronic constipation for people with neurological conditions
  2. Gad Alon and David Embrey.  Functional electrical stimulation improves intermittent claudication and quality of life for patients with peripheral arterial disease
  3. Linda Miller, Angus McFadyen, Lorna Paul, Danny Rafferty, Bowers Roy, Anna Lord, Rebecca Hunter and Paul Mattison.  Preliminary results from an RCT comparing FES and AFO for foot drop in MS: initial orthotic effects on the speed and oxygen cost of walking.
  4. Eukene Imatz-Ojanguren, Gema Sánchez-Márquez, Jose Ramón Asiain-Aristu, Joxean Cueto-Mendo, Edurne Jaunarena-Goicoechea, Haritz Zabaleta and Thierry Keller.  Usability study of a device for compensation of foot drop based on FES and surface multi-field electrodes in a clinical environment
  5. Christine Smith, Laurence Kenney, David Howard, Mingxu Sun, Luckie Helen, Karen Waring, Williamson Tracy, Nicholas Hardiker, Paul Taylor, Stacey Finn and Earl Merson.  The feasibility of using a novel functional electrical stimulation system (FES-UPP) in clinical environments, to support upper limb functional task practice following stroke

IFESS Poster Guidelines

During the conference also IFESS posters will be presented.

  • Posters must be A0 size (84.1x118.9 cm or 33.1x46.8 inches), portrait format
  • The IFESS logo should be placed on right top corner of the poster. For a suggested poster template please click here
  • Setup time starts at 8.00am on Monday July 17th. All posters should be set up at the latest by 8.30am on Tuesday, July 18th
  • Poster presenters candidate for the Best Poster Award need to be present in front of their poster during the Poster session on July the 19th to be eligible for the award.

RATE Journal IFESS Special Collection

We are delighted to announce a partnership with the SAGE peer-reviewed, open access, interdisciplinary journal, Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering (RATE).

Authors of papers accepted by the IFESS Conference are encouraged to submit a significantly expanded paper to form part of a Special Collection in RATE.

Submission deadline: September 28, 2017

For full details on the scope of the Special Collection and how to submit your paper please read the Special Collection Call for Papers.

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