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Assistive Technology and Brain Machine Interface

Lead Guest Editors: Lorenzo Masia

Guest Editors: Juan C. Moreno, Diego Torricelli, Calogero Oddo, Marco Capogrosso, Stanisa Raspopovic, Marco Controzzi, Stefano Mazzoleni, Leonardo Cappello and Michele Xiloyannis 

In the last twenty years Robotics and Neuroengineering have been continuously finding intersections, sharing insights and complementing each other in proposing viable solutions to neuromotor recovery and clinical practice. An increasing number of studies highlights the potential applications of these two disciplines and their synergistic action in providing new kind of technologies able to work in a more symbiotic way with the patients, and consequently promoting the acceptance of new approaches and derived instruments from both the scientific community and the final users.

Thus the advancements in Brain Machine Interface in motor intention decoding, newly proposed control strategies and actuation in Robotics, novel generations of intelligent prosthetic devices, have been significantly contributing to shift the paradigm amongst researches, leading them toward a wider spectrum of innovative approaches and scientific frontiers.      

This collection of articles in Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation aims to present the most recent advances in Assistive Technology and Brain Machine Interface, addressing topics such as theoretical, methodological, and practical approaches to be considered when designing new instruments or formalizing new techniques of investigations.
Submissions of both experimental and review studies is encouraged in the following 4 topics: prosthetic, rehabilitation robotics, neuroscience or brain machine interface’.

This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles have undergone the journal's standard peer-review process overseen by the Editor-in-Chief and the Guest Editors. The Editor-in-Chief  declares no competing interests.

Lead Guest Editors competing interests:
Lorenzo Masia declares no competing interests.
Guest Editors competing interests:
Marco Capogrosso holds several patents on technologies to stimulate the peripheral nerve and the spinal cord for clinical applications in motor and sensory disorders.  He has no ownership interest and does not own stocks of any company.
Calogero Oddo declares no competing interest. 
Marco Controzzi declares no competing interest. 
Juan C. Moreno declares no competing interest. 
Diego Torricelli declares no competing interest. 
Stefano Mazzoleni declares no competing interest. 
Leonardo Cappello declares no competing interest. 
Michele Xiloyannis declares no competing interest. 
Stanisa Raspopovic holds several patent applications on technologies to stimulate the peripheral nerve for clinical applications in sensorimotor disorders.  He also holds shares of SensArs Neuroprosthetics Sàrl, a start-up company dealing with the commercialization of neuroprosthetic artificial limbs.  He has no other ownership interest and does not own stocks of any other company.

  1. The locked-in syndrome (LIS), due to a lesion in the pons, impedes communication. This situation can also be met after some severe brain injury or in advanced Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). In the most s...

    Authors: Perrine Séguin, Emmanuel Maby, Mélodie Fouillen, Anatole Otman, Jacques Luauté, Pascal Giraux, Dominique Morlet and Jérémie Mattout
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2024 21:9
  2. Digital advancement of power assisted exercise equipment will advance exercise prescription for people with stroke (PwS). This article reports on the remote usability evaluation of a co-designed graphical user...

    Authors: Rachel Young, Karen Sage, David Broom, Andrew Hext, Nicky Snowdon and Christine Smith
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2023 20:95
  3. Brain-computer interface (BCI) has helped people by allowing them to control a computer or machine through brain activity without actual body movement. Despite this advantage, BCI cannot be used widely because...

    Authors: Kyungho Won, Heegyu Kim, Daeun Gwon, Minkyu Ahn, Chang S. Nam and Sung Chan Jun
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2023 20:60
  4. Aging degrades the balance and locomotion ability due to frailty and pathological conditions. This demands balance rehabilitation and assistive technologies that help the affected population to regain mobility...

    Authors: Lei Li, Ming Jeat Foo, Jiaye Chen, Kuan Yuee Tan, Jiaying Cai, Rohini Swaminathan, Karen Sui Geok Chua, Seng Kwee Wee, Christopher Wee Keong Kuah, Huiting Zhuo and Wei Tech Ang
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2023 20:29
  5. Assistive hand exoskeletons are promising tools to restore hand function after cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) but assessing their specific impact on bimanual hand and arm function is limited due to lack of ...

    Authors: Cornelius Angerhöfer, Mareike Vermehren, Annalisa Colucci, Marius Nann, Peter Koßmehl, Andreas Niedeggen, Won-Seok Kim, Won Kee Chang, Nam-Jong Paik, Volker Hömberg and Surjo R. Soekadar
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2023 20:17
  6. Brain–computer interfaces (BCI), initially designed to bypass the peripheral motor system to externally control movement using brain signals, are additionally being utilized for motor rehabilitation in stroke ...

    Authors: Ahad Behboodi, Walker A. Lee, Victoria S. Hinchberger and Diane L. Damiano
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2022 19:104
  7. Soft robotic wearable devices, referred to as exosuits, can be a valid alternative to rigid exoskeletons when it comes to daily upper limb support. Indeed, their inherent flexibility improves comfort, usabilit...

    Authors: Elena Bardi, Marta Gandolla, Francesco Braghin, Ferruccio Resta, Alessandra L. G. Pedrocchi and Emilia Ambrosini
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2022 19:87
  8. Proprioceptive deficits after stroke are associated with poor upper limb function, slower motor recovery, and decreased self-care ability. Improving proprioception should enhance motor control in stroke surviv...

    Authors: I-Ling Yeh, Jessica Holst-Wolf, Naveen Elangovan, Anna Vera Cuppone, Kamakshi Lakshminarayan, Leonardo Cappello, Lorenzo Masia and Jürgen Konczak
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2021 18:77

    The Correction to this article has been published in Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2022 19:74

  9. The past decade has seen the emergence of rehabilitation treatments using virtual reality. One of the advantages in using this technology is the potential to create positive motivation, by means of engaging en...

    Authors: Ilaria Bortone, Michele Barsotti, Daniele Leonardis, Alessandra Crecchi, Alessandra Tozzini, Luca Bonfiglio and Antonio Frisoli
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2020 17:144
  10. Physical activity is a recommended part of treatment for numerous neurological and neuromuscular disorders. Yet, many individuals with limited mobility are not able to meet the recommended activity levels. Lig...

    Authors: Florian Leander Haufe, Kai Schmidt, Jaime Enrique Duarte, Peter Wolf, Robert Riener and Michele Xiloyannis
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2020 17:135
  11. Human sensorimotor control of dexterous manipulation relies on afferent sensory signals. Explicit tactile feedback is generally not available to prosthetic hand users, who have to rely on incidental informatio...

    Authors: Leonardo Cappello, Waleed Alghilan, Massimiliano Gabardi, Daniele Leonardis, Michele Barsotti, Antonio Frisoli and Christian Cipriani
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2020 17:120
  12. Human-likeliness of robot movements is a key component to enable a safe and effective human-robot interaction, since it contributes to increase acceptance and motion predictability of robots that have to close...

    Authors: Giuseppe Averta, Cosimo Della Santina, Gaetano Valenza, Antonio Bicchi and Matteo Bianchi
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2020 17:63
  13. Participation in physical and therapeutic activities is usually severely restricted after a spinal cord injury (SCI). Reasons for this are the associated loss of voluntary motor function, inefficient temperatu...

    Authors: Constantin Wiesener, Lotta Spieker, Jens Axelgaard, Rachel Horton, Andreas Niedeggen, Nikolaus Wenger, Thomas Seel and Thomas Schauer
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2020 17:51
  14. Leg amputees suffer the lack of sensory feedback from a prosthesis, which is connected to their low confidence during walking, falls and low mobility. Electrical peripheral nerve stimulation (ePNS) of upper-li...

    Authors: Marek Zelechowski, Giacomo Valle and Stanisa Raspopovic
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2020 17:24
  15. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive brain stimulation technique that has the potential to induce motor cortical plasticity in humans. It is well known that motor cortical plasticit...

    Authors: Tomofumi Yamaguchi, Kouhei Moriya, Shigeo Tanabe, Kunitsugu Kondo, Yohei Otaka and Satoshi Tanaka
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2020 17:23
  16. When exposed to a novel dynamic perturbation, participants adapt by changing their movements’ dynamics. This adaptation is achieved by constructing an internal representation of the perturbation, which allows ...

    Authors: Chen Avraham and Ilana Nisky
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2020 17:17
  17. Individuals with severe neurological disabilities but preserved cognition, including children, are often precluded from connecting with their environments. Brain computer interfaces (BCI) are a potential solut...

    Authors: Sasha Letourneau, Ephrem Takele Zewdie, Zeanna Jadavji, John Andersen, Lee M. Burkholder and Adam Kirton
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2020 17:2
  18. Several daily living activities require people to coordinate the motion and the force produced by both arms, using their position sense and sense of effort. However, to date, the interaction in bimanual tasks ...

    Authors: Giulia Ballardini, Valentina Ponassi, Elisa Galofaro, Giorgio Carlini, Francesca Marini, Laura Pellegrino, Pietro Morasso and Maura Casadio
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2019 16:137
  19. Brain areas need to coordinate their activity in order to enable complex behavioral responses. Synchronization is one of the mechanisms neural ensembles use to communicate. While synchronization between signal...

    Authors: Pierpaolo Sorrentino, Michele Ambrosanio, Rosaria Rucco and Fabio Baselice
    Citation: Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2019 16:135