Keynote Address

Title :

Rehabilitation Robotics: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities


Stroke is the primary cause of disability and the second leading cause of death in many countries. Although the mortality rate of stroke has declined, the incidence and prevalence of stroke continue to rise. The development of rehabilitation robotics has ushered new era aimed at optimizing restoration of quality of life to those who are physically debilitated due to stroke. Although rehabilitation robotics have multifaceted use such as assisting in gait rehabilitation and enhancing the physical abilities of able-bodied humans, but they are increasingly being used for human locomotion assistance and improvement in limb functionality due to stroke. The rehabilitation robotics offer highly repetitive, reproducible, interactive forms of training for the paretic limb, which are quantifiable. In this talk, the trends, some of the current challenges and future opportunities in rehabilitation robotics would be examined and explained.

Chair Info:


Dr. Irraivan Elamvazuthi received his B.Eng. (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) in 1989, and subsequently obtained his PhD from the Department of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom in 2002. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Malaysia. Prior to joining UTP, he has worked at University Kuala Lumpur-Malaysia France Institute, Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) and UMW Industrial Power.

At UTP, he is attached with the Institute of Health Analytics where is actively involved in robotics and automation related research. His membership in national and international professional bodies include Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE), IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and Australian Robotics and Automation Society (ARAA).

He has been actively involved in research and development (R&D) in inter-disciplinary research in various fields such as robotics, automation, control systems, bio-medical applications and energy where he has acquired research grants amounting to RM 6 Million, produced 80 publications (book, book chapters and journals), published 136 refereed proceedings, and received numerous national and international awards. He has achieved this through independent research and fruitful collaborations with network of local and international colleagues from various countries such as India, Arab Saudi, USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.