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The Seasonal School on “Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies based on Soft Robotics” (SofTech-Rehab) is part of the Technical and Education Program (TEP) sponsored by the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society in 2021.

SofTech-Rehab aims to provide young researchers with interdisciplinary knowledge to design, simulate, and develop the next generation of robotic systems for rehabilitation and assistance, to be used in the clinical practice and as support to activities of daily living. 

Why this choice? 

Robotic solutions may be effectively used not only in the rehabilitation process, to reduce effects of traumatic events or diseases and to maximize residual capabilities of patients, but also for facilitating social integration and work re-entry.

The development of an integrated technological approach, centered on robotics and focused on the patient, represents a real breakthrough in the rehabilitation and assistive domains. In particular, there has been an increasing interest in the use of soft and deformable structures in the robotic systems. These structures are crucial in the systems that deal with uncertain and dynamic task-environments, e.g. grasping and manipulation of unknown objects, locomotion in rough terrains, and physical contacts with human bodies. Soft robotic technologies could provide safe and effective rehabilitation and assistive devices for the patients.

The SofTech-Rehab school is part of the Technical and Education Program (TEP) sponsored by the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society in 2021.

The school is organised by the Advanced Robotic and Human-Centred Technologies Research Unit of Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma (UCBM, Italy) in collaboration with Politecnico di Bari (PoliBa, Italy), University of Pennsylvania UPenn, USA), and Tohoku University (Tohoku, Japan).

School objectives

Recipients and access requirements

The Softech-rehab school is an interdisciplinary educational event, with prominent international speakers in both technical and medical fields associated with technologies for rehabilitation, assistive technologies, and soft robotics. It is intended for PhD students and trainees with scientific interests in biomedical engineering, robotics, informatics and neurorehabilitation. A limited number of candidates will be selected.

For more details, please visit Registration page or send us an email.

Images reprinted from:
Cianchetti, Matteo, et al. “Biomedical applications of soft robotics.” Nature Reviews Materials 3.6 (2018): 143-153.
Published under the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0).

Sponsors and Patrons

We are thrilled to announce that the Call for Application is open until June 1st June 4th, 2021!


  • School Dates: June 14-18, 2021
  • Final Application Deadline: June 1st, 2021
  • Extended Application Deadline: June 4th, 2021
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Confirmed Speakers


Kyu-Jin Cho (SNU)

Dario Farina (ICL)

Fumiya Iida (UC)

Michelle Johnson (UPenn)

Cecilia Laschi (SSSA)

Stefano Mazzoleni (Poliba)

Marco Molinari (Fondazione S.Lucia)

Ryuma Niiyama (UTokyo)

Hao Su (CUNY)

Michael Tolley (UCSD)

Conor Walsh (HU)

Hirata Yasuhisa (Tohoku)

Loredana Zollo (UCBM)


Matteo Cianchetti (SSSA)

Christian Duriez (UDL)

Hadi Sadati (KCL)

Federico Renda (KU)