Call for Speakers 2024

Day 1: Tuesday, 16 April 2024


Opening Remarks



Day 2: Wednesday, 17 April 2024


Opening Remarks



Speaking proposal 2024

Last updated on 26.01.2024 | The listing of a proposal does not imply an approval of a presentation. The final programme will be released here closer to the event.

Sensing humans in industrial settings: developing flexible frameworks for workload, stress and fatigue detection

University of Padova / ITALY

Industry 5.0 is bringing impressive technical and organizational advancements to the manufacturing sector. Technology and automation are now increasingly considered as partners to human workers, rather than as their substitutes, allowing scenarios of close collaboration that see humans as the core of any human-machine and human-robot interaction. In this framework, understanding and recognizing human activity during collaborative industrial operations is essential. In this talk, we provide an overview of our framework for sensitive and accurate psychophysiological monitoring of workload, fatigue, and stress of individuals interacting with a collaborative industrial robot (cobot). We particularly address challenges and lessons learned in using portable eye trackers for capturing pupillometry and other eye parameters (e.g., blinks) and chest straps for heart-rate variability (HRV) analysis.

Towards integrated brain-computer interface systems in the internet of things

University of Houston / UNITED STATES

Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) serve as a direct communication channel between the human brain and the world, offering various benefits such as neural remapping, somatic sensation enhancement, limb function restoration, spellers, and virtual reality. A recent development involves integrating BCIs into the Internet of Things (IoT), which promises a more inclusive IoT ecosystem. This integration can empower individuals facing marginalization due to challenges like technical literacy barriers or mobility and communication limitations. This presentation describes Brain-eNet, a platform enabling BCI applications within IoT. Specifically, it discusses two enabled applications: a movement intent detection headset and an emotion recognition headset. The talk covers results, challenges, lessons learned, and future endeavors essential for seamlessly integrating BCI systems into IoT.

Impact with the use of a low-cost passive exoskeleton

ErgoNovus / COLOMBIA

This talk presents a number of studies on the use of low-cost exoskeletons in physically demanding work situations of workers in a non-industrialized country. Several versions have been developed and analyzed with the aid of inertial-based monitoring technologies, EMG. Devices have been developed in the construction industry, kinematics of seated posture in ultra-heavy vehicle drivers and prolonged bipedal posture maintenance in the manufacturing industry. here is an example of one of these studies. We Design, validate and verify an ergonomic and adjustable devices for workers, due to the increase of musculoskeletal pathologies. Our devices will provide support and comfort without interfering with the task, with the objective of reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries, improving the health, safety of workers.

A Wearable Flexible Tactile Sensor with Textile Microstructure for Wirelessly Recognizing Human Activity

University of Eastern Finland / FINLAND

Flexible tactile sensors have attracted special attention in the detection of human posture and activity. However, achieving multiple stimulus responses is particularly challenging in terms of structural design and has not been fully addressed. Herein, a novel structural design inspired by combining the characteristics of a strain sensor and e‐textile into a hybrid interface to obtain stretchable multiple stimulus‐responsive tactile sensors (stretching stimulus, pressing stimulus, and bending stimulus) is proposed. It has excellent performance for Human Activity Recognition by being attached to human skin. In addition, a Bluetooth device that tracks muscle activity in real‐time and transmits the output signals to a smartphone application is utilized. These results imply the utility of this sensor for a diverse application of robotic e‐skins or e‐muscles

Advances in Human Target Sensing with Wireless Signals

University of Twente / NETHERLANDS

This talk will present advances in contact-free human sensing using wireless signals. We first overview our recent achievements from two perspectives: radar-based human activity recognition and WiFi-based activity parameter estimation, aiming to solve the difficulties and promote the development of the wireless human sensing technique. Based on this, we further present the technical challenges in wireless human sensing and envision the metasurface-assisted sensing scheme, facilitating a transition of wireless human sensing techniques into real-world applications

Flexible Pressure Sensors in Human-Machine Interface Applications


This talk will review the flexible pressure sensors in HMI in recent years, mainlyincluding the following aspects: current cutting-edge flexible pressuresensors; sensing mechanisms, substrate materials and active materials; sensorfabrication, performances, and their optimization methods; the flexiblepressure sensors for various HMI applications and their prospects




Submit your proposal for 2024

Date, time & venue

  • Tuesday, 16 April 2024: from 9:00 to 18:00. / Wednesday, 17 April 2024: from 9:00 to 17:00
  • WISTA Management Conventions. Rudower Chaussee 17, 12489 Berlin, Germany.


  • Academic talks: Free of charge for up to 25 minutes including Q&A.
  • Product Demos: Speakers will be charged 880,-€ (VAT excluded) for up to 30 minutes including Q&A.
  • There is no submission fee.


    • All oral presentations are in-person only. There is no virtual or hybrid option for attendees.
    • There will be no poster sessions.


    The conference language is English.

    Submission deadline

      There is no set deadline to submit a speaking proposal until all open slots are filled.