BioRob 2020 Workshop: Occupational exoskeletons: advances in design, standards, evaluation, and market adoption

09 October 2020 - Published by Amy McCready
Part of IEEE BioRob 2020, the “Occupational exoskeletons: advances in design, standards, evaluation, and market adoption” workshop will take place virtually on November 29th, 2020.

The workshop aims to:  

  • Provide an up-to-date overview of the latest progress in the area of standards, regulations and testing of occupational exoskeletons; 
  • Identify the barriers that inhibit mass adoption; 
  • Identify key enabling technologies, tools and methods that could break those barriers and promote user acceptance and widespread use; 
  • Showcase/present representative success stories of full-scale adoption by relevant users; 
  • Provide a platform for talented young researchers to present their ideas and work, receiving actionable feedback by the diverse audience. 

Workshop structure and format 

In the first part of the workshop, keynote speakers consisting of renowned exoskeleton experts from different disciplines related to occupational exoskeletons will provide an up-to-date overview of progress in their areas. 

In the second part of the workshop, a fast-forward session with breakout rooms will act as a platform for young researchers to engage in the conversation by discussing their approaches and results, with the opportunity to receive valuable feedback by the diverse audience. Speakers will have their opportunity to first briefly present their work to the entire workshop, then will be assigned individual virtual breakout rooms where they can discuss their work with interested attendees on a more personal level. 

The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion involving the keynote speakers and moderated by the organisers. The discussion will summarise the progress presented and discuss the most critical needs that need to be addressed in order to promote broad adoption of occupational exoskeletons. 

Submission information 

Researchers interested in presenting their work during the workshop should submit an extended abstract in standard IEEE conference template, 1 page including figures and references (no separate abstract needed within 1 page). Abstracts will be peer-reviewed; accepted abstracts will be made available on the workshop website, and authors will be invited to participate in the fast-forward session and breakout rooms. 

Extended abstracts should be submitted by e-mail to carlos.rodriguez.guerrero@vub.be by the deadline reported below.  

Important dates 

Abstract submission deadline: October 21st, 2020 

Notification of acceptance: October 31st, 2020 

Workshop: November 29th, 2020 

Confirmed speakers 

Roger Bostelman, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA. “Exoskeleton Studies and Developments from the ASTM F48 Committee”. 

Conor Walsh, Harvard University, USA. “Soft Wearable Robots for Human Augmentation”. 

Jean Theurel, INRS France. “Occupational Exoskeletons: Overview of Their Benefits and Limitations in Preventing Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders”. 

Jaap van Dieen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. “Evaluation of Current Trunk Exoskeletons and Resulting Design Challenges”. 

Michiel de Looze, TNO; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. “Industrial Exoskeletons: Current Barriers for Implementation”. 


Carlos Rodriguez Guerrero, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium 

Stefano Toxiri, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy 

Domen Novak, University of Wyoming, USA 


For further information on the IEE BioRob 2020 Conference, click here.