We are delighted to present the book that contains the proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics (NEUROTECHNIX 2016). The past year we saw rapid advances in Neurotechnology and its underpinning electronics and computer sciences.
Neurotechnix 2015 was under the keynote speaker theme of rehabilitation engineering. In fact, Robert Riener, one of our keynote speaker from last year, oversaw the first bionic Olympic games -- the Cybathlon in October 2016. The Cybathlon demonstrated successfully to a global audience the incredible advances and empowerment that the research presented in the field of Neurotechnix delivers tangible impact to help people in health and disease through rehabilitation engineering. It demonstrated how in many areas of disabilities, such as paraplegia and tetraplegia rehabilitation engineering solutions around Functional Electrical Stimulation, Wheel chair control, Exoskeletons and Brain-Computer Interfaces much
progress was made to empower patients to lead a more independent life.
Interestingly, the Cybathlon gold medal in the disciplines for the powered arm prosthetic was one by a user with a non-bionic prosthetics in competition with other bionic prosthetics. This demonstrated that yet much has to be done to advance Neurotechnology. In line with this, this year’s Neurotechnix sees a focus on the function of the hand, with keynote speakers addressing neurophysiology, cognitive neuroscience and neuroprosthetic aspects of this research. The program is as usual complemented by a wide array of exciting developments in the general field of Neurotechnology. Accordingly our plenary keynote lectures, given by internationally distinguished researchers, namely: Silvestro Micera (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland) and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy); Hansjörg Scherberger (Neurobiology Lab, German Primate Center, Germany) and Tamar Makin (University of Oxford, United Kingdom).
The Congress Technical Program includes oral presentations (full papers, short papers, extended abstracts and open communications), organized around four simultaneous tracks: Neuromodulation and Neural Prosthesis; Neural Rehabilitation; NeuroSensing and Diagnosis; Neurocomputing. All complete papers (fulls and shorts) are published in this book of proceedings.
NEUROTECHNIX received 14 full submissions of which 14% were chosen to be presented as full papers. To evaluate each submission, a double blind paper review was performed by the Program Committee, whose members are highly qualified researchers in our NEUROTECHNIX topic areas. A short list of presented papers will be selected so that revised and extended versions of these papers will be published by Springer in a Biosystems & Biorobotics (BioSysRob) Series book. All papers and extended abstracts presented at this congress will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library.
Congresses are also meeting places where collaboration projects can emerge from social contacts amongst the participants. Therefore, in order to promote the development of research and professional networks the Congress includes in its social program a Social Event & Banquet in the evening of November 8.
We would like to express our thanks to all participants. First of all to the authors, whose quality work is the essence of this congress; secondly to all members of the Program Committee and auxiliary reviewers, who helped us with their expertise and valuable time.
We would also like to deeply thank the invited speakers for their excellent contribution in sharing their knowledge and vision.
NEUROTECHNIX 2016 is sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) and held in cooperation with the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN), Sociedade Portuguesa de Neurologia (SPN), International Neural Network Society (INNS), International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and Neurotech Network. NEUROTECHNIX has as academic partners Imperial College London’s Centre for Neurotechnology and the Brain & Behavior Lab, as well as the Brain-Machine Interface Systems Lab of Miguel Hernández University of Elche, Laboratory of Biomedical Technologies (TBMLab) of Politecnico di Milano and The Eric P. and Evelyn E. Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation - Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
We wish you all an inspiring congress and an unforgettable stay in the lovely region of Porto Portugal.
We hope to meet you again next year for NEUROTECHNIX 2017, details of which will soon be available at http://www.neurotechnix.org.
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