Call for Speakers 2024

Day 1: Tuesday, 16 April 2024


Opening Remarks






Day 2: Wednesday, 17 April 2024


Opening Remarks








Speaking proposal 2024

Last updated on 01.02.2024.

Sensing humans in industrial settings: developing flexible frameworks for workload, stress and fatigue detection

University of Padova / ITALY

Industry 5.0 is bringing impressive technical and organizational advancements to the manufacturing sector. Technology and automation are now increasingly considered as partners to human workers, rather than as their substitutes, allowing scenarios of close collaboration that see humans as the core of any human-machine and human-robot interaction. In this framework, understanding and recognizing human activity during collaborative industrial operations is essential. In this talk, we provide an overview of our framework for sensitive and accurate psychophysiological monitoring of workload, fatigue, and stress of individuals interacting with a collaborative industrial robot (cobot). We particularly address challenges and lessons learned in using portable eye trackers for capturing pupillometry and other eye parameters (e.g., blinks) and chest straps for heart-rate variability (HRV) analysis.

Cognitive, muscular, and vo2 expenditures of a shoulder exoskeleton: an exploratory study

Keene State College / UNITED STATES

We delve into the impact of a shoulder exoskeleton on cognitive, muscular, and oxygen consumption (VO2) expenditures. Researchers assessed the device's influence on cognitive load through the use of NASA TLX. Muscular expenditures were examined, focusing on the engagement of shoulder muscles during exoskeleton use using an electromyography (EMG). Additionally, with a gas analyzer the study measured VO2 expenditures to understand the metabolic demands of wearing the exoskeleton. Findings shed light on the potential benefits and challenges associated with shoulder exoskeletons, offering insights into their ergonomic implications and physiological effects. This multidimensional analysis contributes valuable information for the development and optimization of wearable assistive technologies, enhancing our understanding of the interplay between cognitive, muscular, and metabolic factors in exoskeleton-assisted activities.

Challeneges in powered industrial exoskeletons and user interaction with ai systems: a safety and functional experience

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia / ITALY

Industrial exoskeletons are more accepted in the workplace to reduce work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). Workers perform different activities and positions, and these actions require some versatility from the exoskeleton. Active exoskeletons provide a more effective solution because the system can be modified to modulate proper force assistance. The user now has access to different control strategies; however, what is concerning is how much of these exoskeleton domains should be open to the user? User interaction becomes challenging, and with the new advantages and power of AI tools, the exoskeleton user-interaction challenge is centered on safety and functional experience. This academic talk presents the design and assessment of an AI-driven voice user interface (VUI) to initialize and operate occupational exoskeletons.

Occupational active back-support exoskeleton


Work-related injuries caused by manual operations are still a major problem in many industries (e.g., logistics, construction, etc.). In particular, back injuries are one of the most occurring issues, affecting the wellbeing of people and the productivity of the company. In this presentation, we will introduce an active occupational back-support exoskeleton developed by SUPSI-IDSIA and Politecnico di Milano, aiming to address such an issue. The proposed device has a backbone-based kinematics to enhance transparency and the naturalness of the interaction. Its design (including the 3D-printed Cycloidal Actuator -, the sensorless control schema (including the external torque observer), its dynamic characterization, and preliminary results will be discussed.

Passively Powered Exoskeleton in Lower Limb Rehabilitation After Stroke

Cadence Biomedical, Inc. / UNITED STATES

The Kickstart® Walk Assist system is a neurorehabilitation device that consists of a hip belt, a multi-joint bracing system and a spring-powered Exotendon. Kickstart provides stability and assistance to lift, swing and guide the leg properly for each step without using electronics. Consecutive clinical studies demonstrated that the Kickstart exoskeletal device had a positive effect in improving walking ability in stroke survivors. In addition, the exoskeletal device could be easily integrated into current therapeutic programs to help patients enhance walking recovery both for hospital- and community-based rehabilitation training.

A lightweight exoskeleton with bowden cable transmision for teleoperation

Research Center Geriatronics TUM / GERMANY

At the Geriatronics Research Center in Garmisch-P we are developing an Exoskeleton for future applications in rehabilitation and assistive technologies as well as to remotely control our service robot GARMI. Our exoskeleton is formed by 4 DOF and utilizes Bowden cables to transmit forces from external actuators to the wearer's limbs, enabling natural joint movement and assistance in performing tasks. However, further optimizations are required to address challenges such as cable friction and compliance to enhance the exoskeleton's overall effectiveness and usability

Advanced actuation and control strategies for affordable hybrid exoskeletons

University of Verona / ITALY

This talk presents three innovative actuation and control concepts for assistive exoskeletons. These concepts aim to reduce costs and improve exoskeleton controllability and energy efficiency at the same time. The concepts are related to (1) How to avoid oversizing actuators to obtain more lightweight, affordable, and transparent systems (2) How to enhance force controllability by mechanics in hybrid exoskeletons (3) How to improve device transparency by using non-collocated force measurement combined with low-cost accelerometers. All these three concepts are motivated by theoretical analyses, validated in real-world settings, and demonstrated on a simple upper limb exoskeleton prototype.

Towards integrated brain-computer interface systems in the internet of things

University of Houston / UNITED STATES

Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) serve as a direct communication channel between the human brain and the world, offering various benefits such as neural remapping, somatic sensation enhancement, limb function restoration, spellers, and virtual reality. A recent development involves integrating BCIs into the Internet of Things (IoT), which promises a more inclusive IoT ecosystem. This integration can empower individuals facing marginalization due to challenges like technical literacy barriers or mobility and communication limitations. This presentation describes Brain-eNet, a platform enabling BCI applications within IoT. Specifically, it discusses two enabled applications: a movement intent detection headset and an emotion recognition headset. The talk covers results, challenges, lessons learned, and future endeavors essential for seamlessly integrating BCI systems into IoT.

Impact With The Use Of a Low-cost Passive Exoskeleton


This talk presents a number of studies on the use of low-cost exoskeletons in physically demanding work situations of workers in a non-industrialized country. Several versions have been developed and analyzed with the aid of inertial-based monitoring technologies, EMG. Devices have been developed in the construction industry, kinematics of seated posture in ultra-heavy vehicle drivers and prolonged bipedal posture maintenance in the manufacturing industry. here is an example of one of these studies. We Design, validate and verify an ergonomic and adjustable devices for workers, due to the increase of musculoskeletal pathologies. Our devices will provide support and comfort without interfering with the task, with the objective of reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries, improving the health, safety of workers.

Submit your proposal for 2024

Date, time & venue

  • Tuesday, 16 April 2024: from 9:00 to 18:00. / Wednesday, 17 April 2024: from 9:00 to 17:00
  • WISTA Management Conventions. Rudower Chaussee 17, 12489 Berlin, Germany.


  • Academic talks: Free of charge for up to 25 minutes including Q&A.
  • Product Demos: Speakers will be charged 880,-€ (VAT excluded) for up to 30 minutes including Q&A.
  • There is no submission fee.


    • All oral presentations are in-person only. There is no virtual or hybrid option for attendees.
    • There will be no poster sessions.


    The conference language is English.

    Submission deadline

      There is no set deadline to submit a speaking proposal until all open slots are filled.