Rehabilitation and Human-Machine Interaction

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The Science Partner Journal Cyborg and Bionic Systems is now considering submissions for the Special Issue on Rehabilitation and Human-Machine Interaction.


Recent research in rehabilitation has led to new approaches and treatment programs which have led to more effective therapies. Technologies have also played a pivotal role in the transformation of rehabilitation towards quantitative and personalized treatments.  Many new innovative rehabilitation programs are designed based on novel technologies, from the use of wearable sensors, fMRI, brain stimulation, brain computer interface, to virtual reality games, augmented reality exercises and rehabilitation robots. In particular, recent research has led to the development of self-rehabilitation programs which enable the patients to conduct long-term guided physiotherapy at home without the need of the presence of a therapist. Apart from saving the cost and time of the physiotherapies at clinics and reducing the overwhelming workload of the therapists, self-rehabilitation approach could enable more personalized and long-term therapies leading to better outcomes. On the other hand, without the supervision of an experienced therapist, intelligence and safety constraints shall be built into the rehabilitation machines and systems to ensure the safe operation of the systems. In addition, apart from a personalized treatment program and the low-cost home rehabilitation technologies, user compliance would be the key to the success of an effective rehabilitation. Human factored design and human machine interactions are essential consideration in rehabilitation systems. This special issue aims to provide an opportunity for researchers to present their recent research and development in rehabilitation, human-machine interactions and the associated technologies. Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Rehabilitation Systems
  • Human-Machine Interaction
  • Human Computer Interface (HCI)
  • Brain Computer Interface (BCI)
  • Wearable Sensors for rehabilitation
  • Body Sensor Networks (BSN)
  • Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)
  • Biomechanical analysis
  • Rehabilitation robotics
  • Wearable/assistive Robotics
  • Virtual Reality (VR) or Augmented Reality (AR) exercises for rehabilitation
  • Exergames for rehabilitation
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) in rehabilitation
  • Data privacy and security
  • Edge computing for home care
  • Human factor design and ergonomics

    Guest Editors

    Dr. Dong Ming, Professor, Tianjin University, China 
    Dr. Benny Lo, Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London, UK
    Dr. Xiuyun Liu, Professor, Tianjin University, China

      Submission Deadline

      September 30, 2022

        Submission Instructions

        Please select "Special Issue: Rehabilitation and Human-Machine Interaction" as the section/category during the submission process. Please also indicate in your cover letter that your submission is intended for inclusion in the special issue.