International Summer/Winter School and Hackathon on Neurorehabilitation Engineering

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” – Confucius

Program [June 28 to July 16, 2021]

Last updated: July 12, 2021

The Summer/Winter School and the Hackathon of NeuroRehack will be three weeks long.

Weeks 1 and 3 will focus entirely on the Summer/Winter School and Hackathon respectively, with a week of overlap between the two components in Week 2.

The Summer/Winter School will consist of lectures and seminars on topics in NeuroRehabilitation Engineering, and relevant to the projects offered by the different participating institutions. Lectures and seminars will be mostly live, or pre-recorded & streamed with live Q&A sessions.

Summer/Winter school Program

To accommodate for different time-zones and maximize the number of participants attending live lectures and live Q&A sessions, talks are mostly scheduled UK/EU early morning, India late morning/afternoon, and Australia late afternoon/evening.

To gain the most out of this event, we encourage participants to attend to live talks and Q&A sessions. If you are not able to attend to live sessions, a recording will be made available in EdX Edge for registered participants.

Foundational LecTUREs

  • Basics of nerve physiology [A/Prof Prabakar AT, Christian Medical College Vellore, India]

  • Physiology and design of skeletal muscle: implications for force production [Dr Taylor Dick, The University of Queensland, Australia]

  • Principles of pain and fatigue and implications on motor control [A/Prof Kylie Tucker, The University of Queensland, Australia]

  • Basic functional neuroanatomy [Dr Nivethida Thirugnanasambandam, National Brain Research Centre, India]

  • Neuropathophysiology [A/Prof Dorcas Gandhi, Christian Medical College Ludhiana, India]

  • Foundations of neuromechanics [Prof Glen Lichtwark, The University of Queensland, Australia]

  • Sensorimotor control and learning [Prof Timothy Caroll, The Unversity of Queensland, Australia]

  • Introduction to EMG signal processing [Dr Emma Colamarino, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy]

  • Principles of physiotherapy neurorehabilitation [Dr Niru Mahendran, The University of Queensland, Australia]

  • Robotics in neurorehabilitation [Prof Denny Oetomo, University of Melbourne, Australia]

  • Neuromuscular stimulation [Dr Antonio Padilha Lanari Bo, The University of Queensland, Australia]


  • Evidence and future directions for technology-based neurorehabilitation [Prof Sandy Brauer, The University of Queensland, Australia]

  • Technology-aided assessments of sensorimotor function [Dr Alejandro Melendez-Calderon, The University of Queensland, Australia]

  • Exoskeletons – Robots filled with humans [Dr Volker Bartenbach, CEO and Co-Founder Auxivo AG, Switzerland]

  • Computer vision for data-driven neuromotor rehabilitation [Dr Nidhi Seethapathi, University of Pennsylvania, USA]

  • Sensor-based systems in neurorehabilitation [Prof Etienne Burdet & Dr. Aaron Yurkewich, Imperial College London, UK]

  • Brain stimulation and cognition [Dr Claire Bradley, The University of Queensland, Australia]

  • Neural Interfaces and Neurorehabilitation [Dr Ander Ramos-Murguialday, University of Tübingen, Germany]

  • Brain-Computer-Interfaces in Neurological Conditions [Prof Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg., Germany]

  • Co-design principles in technology development for rehabilitation [Dr Camila Shirota, Griffith University, Australia]

  • From research project to a (medical) product: product certification, regulations and standards [Dr Jan Veneman, Technical Project Manager, Hocoma AG]

  • Computational neurorehabilitation [Prof Nicolas Schweighofer , University of Southern California, USA]

  • Models of upper extremity recovery in stroke: role of synergies and sensation [Prof David Reinkensmeyer, University of California Irvine, USA]

  • A Rehabilitation Engineer and a Caregiver: how a dual role brings new perspective [A/Prof James Sulzer, University of Texas at Austin, USA]

  • Digital health informatics - shifting the focus from technology to outcomes [A/Prof Claire Sullivan, The University of Queensland, Australia]

  • Computational biomechanics [Prof David Lloyd, Griffith University, Australia]

Note that most talks have an allocated slot of 2 hours, however, we expect that sessions will last between 60-90 minutes, including Q&A.

UPDATE (30/06/2021):

Please note that the lecture Introduction To EEG Signal Processing by Prof. Febo Cincotti, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, scheduled on Wednesday, June 30, will be postponed. Further announcements will be sent by email, and the new time will be published here.

UPDATE (12/06/2021):

Please note that the lecture Introduction To EEG Signal Processing by Prof. Febo Cincotti, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, scheduled on Wednesday, June 30, has been cancelled.


Week 3 is mostly dedicated to project work. Researchers and teaching assistants at the participating institutions will assist you throughout your projects. Additional activities on specific topics might be offered by the different Participating Institutions (see Projects).