Human-Machine Interaction Summer School (HMISS-2015)

The Human-Machine Interaction Summer School (HMISS) 2015 aims to provide basic and advanced knowledge of cognitive and motor HMI in several fields of applications such as wearable robotics, machine learning and virtual/augmented reality .
The courses and the workshops will be delivered by international academic experts and will cover different aspects of HMI making the summer school accessible to a wide range of PhD Students and Researchers.

Main topics

  • Interfaces based on Human Physiological Signals
    • Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI)
    • Myoelectric interfaces
  • Human Biometric analysis
    • Human Emotion Recognition
    • Human Movement Tracking
    • Human Movement Classification
  • Human-Robot Interaction
    • Exoskeletons
    • Prostheses
    • Haptics
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality


  • Cognitive and motor rehabilitation
  • Human power augmentation
  • Prostheses
  • Ambient Assisted Living and surgery
  • Simulations
  • Medical applications


School Program

Tuesday 15th

  • Lecture 1 : HMI for cognitive rehabilitation: materials and methods
    • Vitoantonio Bevilacqua (Polytechnic of Bari – Department of Electrical and Information Engineering)
  • Lecture 2 : Manifold Learning Based Feature Extraction Methods and Applications
    • De-Shuang Huang (Tongji University, China)
  • Lecture 3 : Wearable robots for assistance and rehabilitation
    • Antonio Frisoli (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – PERCRO Perceptual Robotics Laboratory)
  • Lecture 4 : Wearable robots for lower limb assistance and rehabilitation
    • Nicola Vitiello (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – The Biorobotics Institute)
  • Lecture 5 : Induction and modulation of brain reorganization by external stimuli: The role of Sensory-Motor Interaction in Rehabilitation
    • Lars Arendt – Nielsen (Aalborg University – Department for Health Sciences and Technology)
  • Laboratory 1: Hands-on Workshop on RGB-D sensors and haptics for HMI
    • Claudio Loconsole (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – PERCRO Perceptual Robotics Laboratory)
    • Daniele Leonardis (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – PERCRO Perceptual Robotics Laboratory)

Wednesday 16th 

  • Lecture 6 : Variable Impedance Actuation for Interactive Robotics and Prosthetics
    • Sethu Vijayakumar (University of Edinburgh)
  • Lecture 7 : Interaction control in humans and with robots
    • Etienne Burdet (Imperial College London – Faculty of Engineering, Department of Bioengineering)
  • Lecture 8 : Neurology patterns and features for HMI
    • Marina De Tommaso (University of Bari – Department of Basic Medical Sciences, neurosciences and sense organs)
  • Lecture 9 : HMI When Brain Fails
    • Claudio Babiloni (University of Rome “La Sapienza”)
  • Lecture 10 : Monitoring Neuro-motor Recovery from Stroke with High-resolution EEG, Robotics and Virtual Reality
    • Silvia Comani (Università degli Studi “G. d’Annunzio” Chieti-Pescara – Department of neurosciences, imaging and clinical sciences)
  • Seminar: Current and future applications of BCIs
    • Christoph Guger (g.tec medical engineering GmbH)

Thursday 17th

  • Lecture 11 : Virtual and augmented reality for HMI
    • Antonio Emanuele Uva (Polytechnic of Bari – Department of Mechanics and Mathematics Management)
  • Lecture 12 : Virtual Reality, Grasping Affordance and Embodied Cognition in Rehabilitation
    • Lucio Tommaso De Paolis (University of Salento – Department of Engineering for Innovation)
    • Sara Invitto (University of Salento – Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies)
  • Lecture 13 : Prediction, De-noising and Modeling of PPI Networks Based on Machine Learning Techniques
    • De-Shuang Huang (Tongji University, China)
  • Lecture 14 : Evolutionary optimization in HMI frameworks
    • Vitoantonio Bevilacqua (Polytechnic of Bari – Department of Electrical and Information Engineering)
  • Workshop on Advanced Technology for Rare Diseases
    • Giuseppina Annicchiarico (Coordinator of Co.Re.Ma.R. Puglia)
    • Antonio Trabacca (Scientific Institute “E. Medea” Brindisi)
    • Loreto Gesualdo ( University of Bari – Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation, Nephrology Unit )
    • Vitoantonio Bevilacqua (Polytechnic of Bari – Department of Electrical and Information Engineering)


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