ISPGR 2017 Pre-Conference Workshops - Sunday June 25, 2017

Pre Congress Workshops

This year ISPGR have arranged a series of optional pre-congress workshops.  These workshops have been selected to provide a teaching opportunity, allowing participants to acquire or extend their skills, learn about new techniques or technologies, and gain in-depth knowledge in a particular topic related to posture and gait research.

The fee for all half day workshops is $45 USD - the times and workshop descriptions are included below.

Registration for workshops

You can register for the pre congress workshops when you register for the Congress.  If you have not yet registered for the congress you can do so here.  

If you have already registered for the Congress and would like to add a pre Congress workshop to your registration, you can edit your registration here

Workshop descriptions:


Morning Session: 8:30am – 11:30am

Gait and Posture Authors’ Workshop 8.30am – 10am

Are you an early-career researcher interested in publishing your work in Gait and Posture? If so, please attend this workshop which will take you through the manuscript submission, review, publication and post-publication process and which will allow you to ask any questions you may have. Topics covered will include preparation of the article; authors’ rights and responsibilities; getting your paper noticed; open access; and bibliometrics including the Impact Factor.

Presented by Gait and Posture’s Editor-in-Chief, Thomas Dreher; Deputy Editor, Julie Stebbins; and Senior Publisher from Elsevier, Tanya Wheatley.

*This workshop will be offered free of charge to ISPGR Conference Delegates.


Gait and Posture Reviewers’ Workshop 10.15am – 11.45am

Are you interested in becoming a vital part of the publication process and in receiving early access to as-yet unpublished work? If so, please do come along to this workshop and learn how to review submitted manuscripts and how you can become a reviewer for Gait and Posture.

Presented by Gait and Posture’s Editor-in-Chief, Thomas Dreher; Deputy Editor, Julie Stebbins; and Senior Publisher from Elsevier, Tanya Wheatley.

*This workshop will be offered free of charge to ISPGR Conference Delegates.


Workshop 1: Movement-dependent event control: principles and applications

Melvyn Roerdink¹, Celine Timmermans¹, Daphne Geerse¹, Bert Coolen¹
¹Research Institute MOVE, VU University Amsterdam

Experimental manipulations in studies on walking often involve the control and registration of events in the actor?environment system. Often, these events are determined in parallel on the basis of current movement characteristics. Examples are avoidance of an obstacle presented one step ahead or responding to a secondary-task stimulus presented at a particular phase during walking. In these examples events are controlled in a movement-dependent manner, that is, features in the movement trigger the events. This is different from external event control, in which events are controlled independent of the unfolding movement, for example at set times or upon a button press of the experimenter. The goal of this workshop is to get attendees familiar with the basic principles and benefits of movement-dependent event control through lecture-like plenary presentations. A second goal is to offer attendees hands-on experience with movement-dependent event control applications through three different interactive demos in smaller rotating groups: 1) augmented-reality treadmill walking (gaitography to control 2D visual context projected onto the treadmill surface; C-Mill demo), 2) augmented-reality overground walking (a multi-Kinect-v2 instrumented 10m walkway to control 2D visual context; Interactive Walkway demo) and 3) mixed-reality overground walking (depth scanning of the 3D surroundings for pinning 3D holographic content; Hololens-based Holobstacle demo).



Afternoon Session: 12:30pm – 3:30pm


Workshop 2: Motor cognitive interactions and their impact on gait: From mechanisms to evidence-based treatment

Anat Mirelman¹, Lynn Rochester², Alice Nieuwboer ³, Jeffrey Hausdorff¹
¹Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, ²Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, Newcastle University, ³Rehabiliation Sciences, Katholick University

The goals of this workshop are: - To review recent and emerging evidence which links gait and falls in aging and neurodegeneration. Behavioral, imaging, and neuropsychological findings will be presented. - To describe different options for assessing motor cognitive interactions during walking. Behavioral paradigms will be reviewed and critiqued and the pros and cons of different cognitive loads will be described. Participants will learn how to optimally conduct studies and clinical applications. - To demonstrate the utility of different imaging techniques (e.g., fMRI, fNIRS) in assessing motor cognitive interactions. Participants will learn how these methods can be applied to investigate and quantify motor-cognitive interactions and dependencies. - To describe studies using dual task training and virtual reality demonstrating how the targeting of motor-cognitive training improves walking under challenging conditions and reduces the risk of falls. Participants will learn how dual tasking abilities can be improved and what techniques can be applied in research and clinical settings.


Workshop 3: Rehabilitation technology to improve gait & balance: from research to clinical practice

Frans Steenbrink¹, Jaap van Dieen², Sanne Roeles³, Adam Booth⁴, Celine Timmermans²
¹Motek Medical, ²VU University, ³Strathclyde University, ⁴VU Medical Center

In this workshop we will outline the state-of-the-art of currently available technology for gait and balance rehabilitation. More specifically, we will focus on real-time visual feedback, gait adaptability, and gait perturbations. Real-time visual feedback can help to train on specific gait impairments to regain a normal gait pattern. For example, elderly can be given visual feedback on their propulsive ground reaction force to improve push-off. Although visual feedback can aid retraining of regular gait, we believe that everyday walking is more than just setting one foot in front of the other. It also requires the ability to adjust your walking pattern to different situations and to react to unexpected perturbations. For example, you may need to lift your leg up higher to avoid tripping over a loose tile, slow down to avoid bumping into someone, or recover balance after a slip. Training gait adaptability and recovering from perturbations may therefore be essential elements of gait rehabilitation. In this workshop we will introduce the different concepts related to rehabilitation technology to improve balance and gait from a research perspective and evaluate their usefulness for assessment and training. Together, we will think of examples of how these concepts can be integrated in clinical practice. Also, we will interactively show and adjust several applications using motion capture and virtual reality technologies, and invite you to engage in our discussion on how we can use technology for gait retraining in clinical research and practice.


Workshop 5: Objective measurement of free-living physical behaviour: what can it tell us about physical capacity in persons with mobility limiting conditions?

Malcolm Granat¹, David Loudon², Nicholas Smith³
¹University of Salford, ²PAL Technologies Ltd, ³University of Strathclyde

The main goal of this workshop is to demonstrate how we can derive person-centred outcomes that reflect physical capacity from body-worn senor data. From our study of physical behaviours we know people have basic free-living physical requirements. We can look at these in terms of ability (for example rising from a chair) and connect this with participation (how often do you stand up). In terms of mobility, we know people make short duration stepping bouts around the house but when they go outside they must engage in longer bouts of stepping. We can calculate a Walking Breaks Index to compare upright periods with short and long stepping bouts and use this index to quantify impairment in persons with mobility limiting conditions. We will look at how measures physical capacity can be generated from wearable sensors in a range of clinical populations including people with stroke and vascular disease (claudication). We will explore the advantages of combining sensor signals (accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and barometers) to provide contextual information about behaviours. We will also explore novel ways of visualising physical behaviour information can both complement and inform analysis for both clinician and patient. Participants will take away an appreciation of how the measurement of physical behaviour can provide objective outcomes related to physical capacity from patients in a free-living environment and how these measures can provide an insight into and record of their recovery profile.


Key Dates

Registration Opens:

Early 2017

Late Breaking Abstracts:

March 13 - 27, 2017

Symposia Submissions:

Aug 1 - Sept 30, 2016

Oral & Poster Submissions:

Oct 3 - Dec 5, 2016

Pre-Congress Workshop Submissions:

Nov 15 - Dec 15, 2016

Awards Applications Open:

Oct 3, 2016 - Jan 9, 2017

Travel Award Submission Deadline:

April 15, 2017

Early Registration Deadline:

April 21, 2017

Accommodation cut off date:

May 26, 2017

Regular Registration Deadline:

June 5, 2017

2017 Congress Dates:

June 25 - 29, 2017