Online Events

ISPGR is pleased to announce that the society will be hosting a series of online events throughout 2020 and 2021 to facilitate scientific exchange and continue to support the membership and community. Sessions will consist of a series of talks around a specific theme and should include a keynote lecture and 4 – 6 associated papers for a duration of approximately 2.5 hours.

There are no fees to participate in the online events but participants must register.

Webinar Recording Disclaimer

Please note that webinars are recorded. By your presence at an ISPGR webinar, you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded. Your registration constitutes your consent to such photography, filming and/or recording and to any use for any purpose in accordance with the Society mission and standard of conduct.  You are welcome to keep your camera off during these events, you and not the Society, is responsible for these setting options.

UPCOMING Online Events

There are no upcoming events currently scheduled.

Previous Online Events

Note that previous online events are available to watch on demand for ISPGR members.  Simply log in to the members only area of the website and review the available sessions.

unsupervised analysis of movements in daily life

Date: Wednesday November 10 at 2:00pm-6:00pm CET

Description: Motor functioning of patients is typically assessed in a controlled clinical environment, even though such functional assessment is not representative of individual free-living behavior. Knowledge of patient’s functioning at home could provide more ecologically valid information and improve treatment, quality of care and ultimately quality of life. For this reason, and with the advent of technological developments, movement monitoring of patients at home has become a topic of increasing research interest. This topic comes with specific problems, however. Movements in this less organized environment are self-initiated, usually task oriented, less predictable and have a higher variation. Also, as measurements become more extensive, automated analysis of movement data becomes increasingly important. In this session, we therefore discuss recent developments in unsupervised analysis of movements in daily life.

A recording of the webinar is available to ISPGR members in the member only area of the website. GO TO MEMBER AREA

Presentation Information

Prof. Dr. Wiebren Zijlstra
Wiebren Zijlstra, Institute of Movement and Sport Gerontology, German Sport University Cologne, Germany

‘Do we use the right tools to understand daily-life mobility in older adults?’

Mariano Bernaldo de Quiros
MSc University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, department of Neurology, The Netherlands

‘Unsupervised machine learning for recognizing activities in daily life’

Dr. Chris Baten Roessingh
Research & Development, University of Twente, the Netherlands

‘Automated meaningful segmentation of continuous data acquired in unsupervised conditions through adaptive activity classification’

Dr. Martina Mancini
Dept of Neurology; Dept of Biomedical Engineering; Co-director Balance Disorders Laboratory; Oregon Health & Science University, USA

‘Turning in daily life as a measure of functional mobility in aging and Parkinson’s disease’

Dr. Andrea Mannini
IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Firenze, Italy

‘Out-of-the-lab assessment of modified Dynamic Gait Index using machine learning and wearables’

Advanced Technology for Rehabilitation and Assessments of Gait and Balance

Date: Tuesday 5th October, 2:00PM (CET)

What to expect

Advanced technology plays an increasingly larger role in the assessment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of people with gait and balance disorders. Measurement and rehabiliation of gait and balance disorders in challenging conditions may provide a more complete picture than traditional measurements and rehabilitation in controled lab environments. During this webinar several innovative research projects supported by advanced rehabilitation technology will be presented. Specifically, the speakers will present on innovative projects on gait and balance assessments and training by combining real-time visual feedback, gait adaptability, and gait perturbations using an instrumented dual-belt treadmill, motion capture and other advanced technology. New concepts related to advanced human movement research will be presented by some of the top researchers in the field of rehabilitation technology. They will present on the development of  own unique applications integrating various technologies such as, VR Goggles and Eye tracking. New concepts to better understand and treat (pathological) movement will be explained and discussed.

A recording of the webinar is available to ISPGR members in the member only area of the website. GO TO MEMBER AREA

Presentation Information

Mirjam Pijnappels
Department of Human Movement Sciences, Amsterdam Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Yoshiro Okubo
NeuRa, Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre; UNSW Medicine; UNSW Ageing Futures Institute

Hossein Makhtarzadeh
University of Melbourne; DIH/ Motek Medical

Karl Kopiske
Technic University Chemnitz

Julian Reiser
Leibniz-Institut für Arbeitsforschung an der TU Dortmund (IfaDo)

Frans Steenbrink, Host
DIH / Motek Medical

Moving Beyond Academia: Tips for Grad Students, Postdocs and their Mentors

Date: October 13th


Academic positions do not always have to involve teaching or lead to professorship. In this session hosted by the external relations committee, we will explore practical tips and tricks for applying to different types of positions non-academic positions. You will learn how to curate your experience and articulate the values and skills of your degree.

A recording of the webinar is available to ISPGR members in the member only area of the website. GO TO MEMBER AREA

Presentation Information

Tiphanie Raffegeau, Session Chair
Ohio University

Ruth Stout, Session Chair
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Tina Persson, PhD
CEO, Career & Leadership Coach, Passage2Pro AB

Jana Montgomery, PhD
Evidation Health

Erica Buckeridge, PhD
FORM Athletica

Online Symposium – Smart technologies for remote monitoring of health and function – what does the future hold?

Tuesday 25th May at 14:00-15:30 UTC


Our surrounding environment and individual health both play a substantive role in mobility, function, independence and quality of life. COVID-19 highlighted the growing urgency to minimise person-person interactions, particularly in those who are clinically vulnerable. Thus the need for remote intervention, monitoring and evaluation has never been more critical.

Technologies such as those that record bioinformatics will undoubtedly be important for personalised medicine and tailored healthcare. Opportunities for remote monitoring paired with advanced analytical techniques and integrated algorithms (“digital healthcare/ bioinformatics”) offer significant opportunities to transform clinical management. Smart technologies (e.g. e-textiles, intelligent and ambient lighting, health monitors and alert sensors, voice activated devices) deployed in home and community environments may be used to enhance health and well-being.

This online symposium provides an overview of the potential of smart technologies and their applications. Four keynote speakers will introduce areas of research within which smart technologies are being applied and their visions for the future.

The symposium consisted of  invited speaker presentations and live Q&A periods over a duration of approximately 90 minutes.

A recording of the webinar is available to ISPGR members in the member only area of the website. GO TO MEMBER AREA

Presentation Information

Tilak Dias, PhD
Professor, Head of Advanced Textiles Research Group, Nottingham Trent University, UK

‘E-textiles for healthcare’

Cecilia Mascolo, PhD
Professor of Mobile Systems, Head the Mobile Systems Research Laboratory, Cambridge University, UK

‘Sounding out wearable and audio data for health diagnostics’

Nicola Palmarini
Director, National Innovation Center for Aging, Newcastle University, UK

Lynn Rochester
Professor, Human Movement Science, Newcastle University, UK

‘Digital Health Technology – a ‘smart’ approach to mobility assessment?’

Online Symposium – You mean I have non faculty options in academia after my doctorate?

March 31, 2021, 21:00 UTC

Academic positions do not always have to involve teaching or lead to professorship.  In this session hosted by the external relations committee, we will hear from two PhDs about their non-faculty academic careers.  Dr. Comali and Dr. Cone will describe the motivations for choosing their career path and provide insight into their day-to-day activities as Assistant Director of a human research protection office, and an Academic Advisor at a university in the US.  Following their presentation, they will participate in a panel discussion to answer any questions that attendees may have about a non-faculty career in academia.

A recording of the webinar is available to ISPGR members in the member only area of the website. GO TO MEMBER AREA

Presentation Information

David Comalli, PhD
Assistant Director of Institutional Review Board (IRB), Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Brian Cone, PhD
Academic Advisor, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA

Online Symposium – Fundamentals of balance control and the effect on childhood development

March 11, 2021, 08:00 UTC

Balance is a crucial aspect of motor development. Achieving, maintaining and restoring balance is a challenge as this is the result of the interaction between multiple systems in the body (e.g. the nervous and musculoskeletal system), a certain environment (e.g. playground) and a given task (e.g. jumping). Balance control is needed for all activities in daily life, such as running, swimming or ball games. In paediatric populations such as developmental coordination disorder or cerebral palsy, balance deficits severely affect everyday functionalities. A thorough understanding of the underlying control mechanisms as well as obtaining insights into the developmental course of balance and motor performance is paramount for unravelling the potential of improving balance through rehabilitation. The objective of this ISPGR session is to provide an overview of the current state of the art regarding evaluation of balance, motor performance and underlying control processes, with specific attention to developmental changes and rehabilitation potential in paediatric populations.

A recording of the webinar is available to ISPGR members in the member only area of the website. GO TO MEMBER AREA

Presentation Information

Marcella Danks
Australian Catholic University

‘Evaluation of postural balance in preterm children’

Rosalee Dewar
The University of Queensland

‘Development, structure, and application of the KidsBEST in children with cerebral palsy’

Charlotte Johnson
University of Antwerp

‘The feasibility and clinical utility of the Timed Up and Go with cognitive dual-task in preschool children’

Leanne Johnston
The University of Queensland

‘Postural control activity profile: A framework for identifying, assessing, and managing functional difficulties in postural control’

Pieter Meyns
Universiteit Hasselt

​’Balance training in children with CP’

Evi Verbecque
Universiteit Hasselt

​’The multisystemic nature of balance control: Influence of age on performance’

Katrijn Klingels
Universiteit Hasselt

​Session Moderator

Online Symposium – Advances in markerless tracking used for human movement analysis

February 18, 2021, 16:00 UTC

The gold standard assessment of normal and pathologic human movement is laboratory-based optoelectronic three-dimensional motion analysis. This type of equipment is relatively expensive, and requires a dedicated lab and specific expertise to conduct. The equipment imposes several restrictions on the assessment of motion, as analysis is restricted to the lab, markers need to be placed on specific anatomical landmarks, and specific clothing is required to reduce marker movement error.

Recent advances in biomedical engineering resulted in new techniques based on deep learning to track body landmarks in simple video recordings, which include a high degree of automatization, and allow unobtrusive recordings in a more natural environment.  Information presented includes the most recent advances of markerless tracking options to assess human movement, including their advantages and disadvantages and some examples of application (e.g. gait analysis, assessment of balance control and movement disorders).

A recording of the webinar is available to ISPGR members in the member only area of the website. GO TO MEMBER AREA

Presentation Information

Maaike Eken
Stellenbosch University

‘(Upper limb) markerless movement tracking during gait; Advances for low-to-middle income countries’

Helga Haberfehlner
Amsterdam UMC

‘Assessment of dyskinesia in children using markerless motion tracking’

Lukasz Kidzinski
Stanford University

‘Gait laboratory in your pocket: Measuring disease progression from single-camera videos’

Pieter Meyns
Universiteit Hasselt

‘​Chair – Welcome and introduction on advances in markerless tracking in human movement analysis’

Amir Patel
University of Cape Town

‘Biomechanics Unleashed: 3D Markerless Motion Capture of Cheetahs in the Wild’

Jan Stenum
Johns Hopkins University & Kennedy Krieger Institute

‘Two-dimensional video-based analysis of human gait using pose estimation’

​Maud van den Bogaart
Hasselt University & Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

‘Measuring balance control using 3D markerless movement tracking’

Online Symposium – Current evidence for cortical control of balance and gait

December 3, 15:00 UTC

Every day we must continuously adjust our posture to maintain balance and avoid falling.  The prevalence of balance impairments associated with cortical lesions (e.g., stroke) demonstrates the importance of the cerebral cortex for human balance.  This symposium presented an overview of recently revealed cortical correlates of balance and gait, which show that cortical activity does not only indicate cognitive and motor interference (for example during dual task) but also reflects dynamic adaptation of the gait pattern and reactive balance responses.

A recording of the webinar is available to ISPGR members in the member only area of the website. GO TO MEMBER AREA

Presentation Information

Dan Ferris
University of Florida

Presentation Title: ‘Mobile brain imaging of dynamic balance can improve human balance training’

Brenda Malcolm
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Presentation Title: ‘Aging alters cortical contributions to balance’

Aiden Payne
Emory University

‘Perturbation-evoked cortical responses are associated with balance ability’

Martin Seeber
University of Geneva

‘Distributed EEG source imaging during gait’

Teodoro Solis-Escalante
Radboud University Medical Center

‘Cortical correlates of postural stability’

Johanna Wagner​
Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, University of California San Diego

‘EEG source imaging reveals inhibitory cortical dynamics in gait adaptation’