WearRAcon 22

WearRAcon 22

Event

April  25 – 26, 2022

This virtual event

2 1/2

DAYS

25+

SESSIONS

250+

PEERS
The Wearable Robotics Association is excited to be back in person for WearRAcon 22! Join wearable robotics professionals and entrepreneurs from industry, medical/rehab, academia, and government April 25-26, 2022(NEW DATES!) at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton in Scottsdale, Arizona (USA). The annual event, brings together 250 attendees from across the globe to hear about the latest innovations in wearable robotics, listen to cutting-edge presentations, see live robotics demonstrations, try on and test exoskeletons, and network with the industry leaders.

Pricing

Early Bird
( Nov. 22 – Feb. 28 )
Regular
( March 1 – April 15 )
Late
( April 16 to event )
Member: Gov’t/Academia $ 495.00 $ 595.00 $ 695.00
Member: Industry $ 595.00 $ 795.00 $ 995.00
Non-Member: Gov’t/Academia $ 795.00 $ 895.00 $ 995.00
Non-Member: Industry $ 995.00 $ 1,195.00 $ 1,395.00
Student $ 195.00 $ 195.00 $ 195.00
Student registrations are subject to prior approval – must have a valid and current student ID
*NOTE: All conference attendees must provide proof of COVID vaccination, or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of attending.
Contact conference@wearablerobotics.com for registration instructions if you qualify.
Program Agenda * Subject to Change

Sunday, April 24, 2022

4:00pm – 6:00pm Registration Opens
6:00pm – 7:30pm Welcome Reception

Monday, April 25, 2022

8:00am – 9:00am Registration Opens: Breakfast & Networking with Sponsors
9:00am – 9:30am Welcome/Opening Remarks: Joe Hitt, Executive Director, Wearable Robotics Association
9:30am – 10:15am Keynote (1)
10:30am – 11:00am Break/Spotlight Demo (1)
1:00am – 11:30am General Session (1)
11:30am – 12:00pm General Session (2)
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch/Exhibits
Industry Track Medical/Rehab Track
1:00pm – 2:00pm B01: Automotive Forum (1) B02: Medical/Rehab
2:15pm – 3:15pm B03: Automotive Forum (2) B04: Medical/Rehab
3:15pm – 3:45pm Break/Spotlight Demo: Bioservo Technologies
4:00pm – 5:00pm B05: Industry Session B06: Medical/Rehab
5:00pm – 6:00pm Sponsor Reception

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

8:00am – 9:00am Registration: Breakfast & Networking with Sponsors
9:00am – 9:45am Keynote (2)
10:00am – 11:00am Innovation Challenge Presentations
11:00am – 11:30am Break/Spotlight Demo (3)
Industry Track Medical/Rehab Track
11:30am – 12:30pm B07: Industry B08: Medical/Rehab
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch/Exhibits
1:30pm – 2:30pm B09: Logistics Forum (1) B10: Medical/Rehab
2:45pm – 3:45pm B11: Logistics Forum (2) B12: Medical/Rehab
3:45pm – 4:15pm Break/Spotlight Demo (4)
4:15pm – 5:15pm B13: Industry Session: Military Applications B14: Medical/Rehab: Sensors
5:30pm – 6:30pm Innovation Challenge Winner/Closing Remarks

CALL FOR ENTRIES: INNOVATION CHALLENGE

Earn a prize for a new technology or idea that will benefit the Wearable Robotics Industry. The Innovation Challenge is now open and will close March 4, 2022.
The Wearable Robotics Association (WearRA) is inviting entries that represent the most innovative new ideas in wearable robotic technology for the Innovation Challenge as part of WearRAcon. The winner will receive international recognition and a $5,000 cash prize to support development and commercialization of the technology.
Upload your concept paper by March 4, 2022. The review committee will select as many as ten (10) finalists. All finalists will be invited to present their product concepts at WearRAcon 22, April 25-26, 2022(NEW DATES!) at the DoubleTree Resort in Scottsdale, AZ (USA). The winning entry will be selected through live voting by conference attendees and a panel of judges representing industry, government, academia, and corporate executives. The top projects will receive awards. The one considered to be the most innovative will be announced at the conference and will receive $5,000 to accelerate the new technology.

WearRAcon 19 Winning Entry: Atlas Exoskeleton

Submitted by: Antoine Noel, Co-Founder & CEO, Japet Medical (France)

Submission Details:

Submissions are due by March 4, 2022. The proposal must include information about intellectual property and the development outline with milestones for deliverables. Explain the potential impact on the wearable robotics community, as well as significance of this concept as an advancement for the industry.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must demonstrate an ability to move the proposed plan to completion, showing how the prize can accelerate any step along the path to market.
  • Applicants may reside in any country. No specific background or experience is required.
  • Finalists must register and attend WearRAcon 22

Instructions for the Submission:

Please submit your proposal by Friday, March 4, 2022 | 11:59 PM (EST)..

Paper Layout:

  • Title of proposed project (maximum 50 characters)
  • Leader (name, title, affiliation, address, telephone, email address)
  • Key collaborators (names, titles, affiliations)
  • Brief summary of project goals and plans/approaches (not to exceed 350 characters)
    • Focus specifically on what your project would bring to the wearable robotics industry
  • Brief description of what is unique about the project. If it is competitive to any existing product or service, please describe how your project compares to any competitor (500 characters)
  • Detailed description of how you plan to accomplish the overall plan (750 characters)
    • Estimated steps/milestones/timeline to reach customers
    • Go/No Go decision points
  • Brief description of intellectual property position and potential for commercialization: investment potential and likelihood of ongoing funding support to customers (500 characters)
  • Anticipated total budget and outline of what a prize of $5,000 will allow you to accomplish

Proposal Submission:

  • Must not exceed 4 pages, inclusive of all information listed above, minimum 10 point font
  • Convert document to a PDF and send to conference@wearablerobotics.com
  • A confirmation email will be replied to upon receipt of your submission. If you have not received confirmation, please call: 602-632-0999.

Review:

Proposals will be scored based on the following criteria:
  • Potential benefit and appeal to people within the wearable robotics community
  • Likelihood of Development: Investment potential and consideration of ongoing funding support
  • Intellectual Property Strategy and Status: Freedom to operate
  • Timeframe and probability of success
  • Overall Impression

Selected Proposals/Finalists:

Finalists will be notified by March 21, 2022. As many as ten (10) finalists will be selected to present at WearRAcon 22 (Scottsdale, Arizona, February 21-23, 2022). Each presenter will have five (5) minutes to present the concept, followed by five (5) minutes of questioning. Each finalist will also receive a small exhibit space for two days of the conference. The event will feature live voting among audience members and a panel of judges representative of industry, government, academia, and corporate executives. The winning project considered to be the most innovative will be announced at the conference.

Kyle Embry, PhD

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Kyle Embry’s interest in robotics began at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he conducted undergraduate research in volumetric error compensation for manufacturing robots with Dr. Douglas Bristow and Dr. Robert Lammers. Dr. Embry would later obtain his PhD in Mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas with advisor Dr. Bobby Gregg, where he developed a love for rehabilitation research. His dissertation focused on modeling and control of agile powered prosthetic legs. Dr. Embry now works as a postdoctoral researcher at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab with director Dr. Arun Jayaraman. His recent projects include exoskeleton gait therapy, computer vision for monitoring Parkinson’s disease, and wearable airbag technology designed to reduce the rate of hip injury after a fall. Dr. Embry looks forward to learning more about the frontiers of rehabilitation robotics, and utilizing his background in robotics, human subject research, convex optimization and machine learning to tackle increasingly important problems.

Gail Forrest, PhD

ShKessler Foundation

Connor Glass, MD

Phantom

Francesco Lanotte, PhD

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Francesco Lanotte is a Postdoctoral Fellow within the Max Näder Lab for Rehabilitation Technologies and Outcomes Research (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago, USA) and Northwestern University (Chicago, USA). He is currently investigating the use of wearable sensors combined with machine learning techniques to enhance the rehabilitation therapy in stroke survivors. Francesco received his MS degree in Bionics Engineering from the University of Pisa and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in 2017, and his PhD in Biorobotics from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in 2021. Dr. Lanotte’s PhD research was focused on the development, benchmark, and experimental assessment of control algorithms for powered exoskeletons and lower-limb prostheses.

Brokoslaw Laschowski, PhD

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Dr. Brokoslaw Laschowski is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute working in the Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Laboratory (IATSL) and the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Rehabilitation (AIRR) Lab. He also holds an affiliation with the Faculty of Medicine and the Temerty Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Education in Medicine (T-CAIREM) at the University of Toronto. As a scientist and biomedical engineer, Dr. Laschowski specializes in using mathematical, computational, and machine learning methods to optimize the design and control of humans interacting with wearable robotic systems and technologies. Applications of his research include rehabilitation robotics, neural engineering, human-computer interaction, and wearable assistive technologies (e.g., exoskeletons and robotic leg prostheses). Dr. Laschowski’s clinical research focuses on assisting individuals with mobility impairments due to aging and/or physical disabilities such as stroke, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, amputation, and spinal cord injury.

Bérenger Le Tellier, PhD

Ergosanté

Bérenger Le Tellier graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree then a PhD in Biomechanics. After a few years working in collaborative innovation projects, Bérenger joined ErgoSanté as their Scientific Director. Bérenger ensures the development of ErgoSanté products are following a methodology based on the latest scientific knowledge.

Tommaso Lenzi, PhD

University of Utah

Zachary Lerner, PhD

Northern Arizona University

Zachary Lerner is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Northern Arizona University where he directs the Biomechatronics lab (biomech.nau.edu). He received his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Colorado State University in 2015 before completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in 2016. Dr. Lerner’s research seeks to improve mobility and neuromuscular function in individuals with disabilities through advancement in the design, control, and implementation of robotic exoskeletons. Dr. Lerner is also the CTO and co-founder of Biomotum, Inc. (Biomotum.com), a rehab robotics company.

Jose L. Pons, PhD

Shirley Ryan AbilityLabs

José Pons, PhD, is a world-renowned scientist. At Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, he leads a translational research team to apply the most advanced methods for measuring — and restoring — lower-limb function in diverse patient populations.

Dr. Pons is a creative engineer with a long-standing history of collaboration with physicians in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and is best known for his work in wearable robotics and neuroprosthetics as applied to patients with spinal cord injury, stroke and Parkinsonism. He has developed methods for studying balance and tremor in patients with Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor; created robotic manipulators and mobility devices for children with cerebral palsy; modified computer cursors for patients with limited mobility; and developed movement sensors for patients who have lost limbs through amputation. The depth of his expertise in physics has enabled him to perform fundamental analyses of devices and movement patterns that are generally applicable to any movement disorder.

An expert advisor for science agencies in seven countries, Dr. Pons also serves as associate editor for several journals, including Frontiers in Neurology and various Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) publications.

Prior to joining Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in 2019, Dr. Pons built his academic career at the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, or CSIC) in the Cajal Institute in Madrid, where most recently he was director of the Neural Rehabilitation Group in the Department of Translational Neuroscience. CSIC — which is akin to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) — is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain, and the third-largest in Europe. The Cajal Institute, part of CSIC, is dedicated to the study of neuroscience. Most recently, he has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), March 2021, Washington DC.

Dr. Pons received his BS in mechanical engineering from University of Navarra, and PhD in physics from Complutense University of Madrid.

Elliott Rouse, PhD

University of Michigan | (Google) X

W. Zev Rymer, MD, PhD

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

WearRAcon 22
April 25-26, 2022
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley
5401 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85250
Discounted Room Rate: A special discounted rate of $239/night is available for WearRAcon attendees. To make your reservation click here, or call 866-866-8107.
Note: The room block expires on March 25, 2022
Title Sponsor (1 AVAILABLE) $20,000
  • Complimentary registration for 5 people
  • (2) 10×10 exhibit booths
  • Spotlight demo (20 min. demo in exhibit area to all attendees)
  • 5 minute presentation before keynote
  • Introduction of keynote speaker
  • Online & onsite branding recognition (including onsite signage, website & print program)
  • Logo recognition on conference bag
  • Opportunity to speak at conference
  • Opportunity to provide marketing materials for inclusion in conference bag
  • (3) WearRA memberships
Welcome Reception Sponsor (1 AVAILABLE) $10,000
  • Complimentary registration for 3 people
  • 10×10 exhibit booth
  • Online & onsite branding recognition (including onsite signage, website & print program)
  • Logo recognition on conference bag
  • Opportunity to provide marketing materials for inclusion in conference bag
  • (2) WearRA memberships
VIP/Speaker Reception Sponsor (1 AVAILABLE) $7,500
  • Complimentary registration for 2 people
  • 10×10 exhibit booth
  • Online & onsite branding recognition (including onsite signage, website & print program)
  • Logo recognition on conference bag
  • Opportunity to provide marketing materials for inclusion in conference bag
  • (1) WearRA memberships
Spotlight Demo Sponsor (4 AVAILABLE / 1 SOLD) $5,000
  • Complimentary registration for 2 people
  • 10×10 exhibit booth
  • One spotlight demo (20 min. demo in exhibit area to all attendees)
  • Online & onsite branding recognition (including onsite signage, website & print program)
  • Opportunity to provide marketing materials for inclusion in conference bag
  • (1) WearRA memberships
Innovation Challenge Sponsor (3 AVAILABLE) $5,000
  • Complimentary registration for 2 people
  • Opportunity to speak during competition
  • Participate as a competition judge
  • Online & onsite branding recognition (including onsite signage, website & print program)
  • Opportunity to provide marketing materials for inclusion in conference bag
  • (1) WearRA memberships
Publication Sponsor $5,000
  • Complimentary registration for 2 people
  • Online & onsite branding recognition (including onsite signage, website & print program)
  • Logo included with paper publications
  • Opportunity to provide marketing materials for inclusion in conference bag
  • (1) WearRA memberships
Lunch Sponsor (1 AVAILABLE / 1 SOLD) $4,000
  • Complimentary registration for 1 people
  • Online & onsite branding recognition (including onsite signage, website & print program)
  • Opportunity to provide marketing materials for inclusion in conference bag
  • 20% discount on individual WearRA membership for sponsor staff
Breakfast Sponsor (2 AVAILABLE) $3,000
  • Complimentary registration for 1 people
  • Online & onsite branding recognition (including onsite signage, website & print program)
  • Opportunity to provide marketing materials for inclusion in conference bag
  • 20% discount on individual WearRA membership for sponsor staff
Exhibit (LIMITED AVAILABILITY) $2,750
  • Complimentary registration for 2 people
  • 10×10 exhibit booth
  • Online & onsite branding recognition (including onsite signage, website & print program)
  • Opportunity to provide marketing materials for inclusion in conference bag
  • 20% discount on individual WearRA membership for sponsor staff
Charging Station Sponsor (1 AVAILABLE) $1500
  • Complimentary registration for 1 person
  • Online & onsite branding recognition (including onsite signage, website & print program)
  • Logo recognition on charging station
Lanyard Sponsor (SOLD OUT) $1500
  • Complimentary registration for 1 person
  • Online & onsite branding recognition (including onsite signage, website & print program)
  • Logo recognition on charging station
Spotlight Demo Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor

Lanyard Sponsor

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2022 WearRAcon Europe

START TIME

April 25, 2022 (MST)

END TIME

April 26, 2022 (MST)

Location

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley-Scottsdale,
5401 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85250.

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