NSF-DARE Conference on Computational Modeling for Neurorehabilitation

March 3-4, 2023 @ University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Plus 3 Pre-Conference Zoom Seminars

The National Science Foundation (NSF) in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is pleased to announce the first Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering (DARE) Conference on Transformative Opportunities for Modeling in Neurorehabilitation scheduled on 3-4 March 2023. This will be a hybrid event to be held at the University of Southern California. This conference will bring together leading engineers, clinicians, computational scientists, rehabilitation researchers, trainees, and client advocates to discuss the state of the science and identify transformative opportunities for computational modeling to advance neurorehabilitation.

Hosted by the University of Southern California and the University of Washington, this conference has been designed to critically discuss two questions: 

1. What can computational modeling do for neurorehabilitation?

2. How can computational modeling improve neurorehabilitation?

How can you participate?

Scientific contribution: Submit a brief abstract (to be considered for both oral and poster sessions)- See instructions here https://sites.usc.edu/dare2023/abstract-submission/Due Date January 15th. Since attendance at the workshop is limited, individuals selected for a 10-minute podium or poster presentation will be given priority for registration.

Apply to be a DARE2023 Fellow. Application period: 12/20/20221/15/2023. The main goal of the conference is to catalyze a diverse community of Fellows that come together to address the two key questions above. They will receive travel assistance and be invited to co-write a Position Paper. Please see instructions here https://sites.usc.edu/dare2023/abstract-submission/

Want to learn more? This conference will bring together experts and trainees from around the world to discuss critical questions, challenges, and opportunities at the intersection of computational modeling and neurorehabilitation. Our mission is to identify the gaps and opportunities for using computational modeling and device design to understand, optimize, and improve neurorehabilitation. This conference will focus on four areas of impact, as described in https://dare2023.usc.edu/:

1. Modeling adaptation and plasticity: How do we leverage modeling to understand neuroplasticity? How can the integration of novel imaging technologies, machine learning, and physiology-based models be used to predict and understand the complex processes underlying beneficial neuroplasticity and adaptation that support learning and recovery?

2. Modeling for personalization: A central challenge in rehabilitation is that each individual’s developmental, injury, treatment response, and long-term recovery trajectory is unique. However, it is necessary to first determine the degree of personalization required to optimize and support development and recovery in practice. How can we leverage large, diverse, and real-time datasets to support an appropriate and effective level of personalization to optimize outcomes?

3. Modeling human-device interactions: Interconnected human-centered technology has become a critical part of function and rehabilitation – including development, acute care, training, and activities of daily living. However, neurorehabilitation requires new engineering approaches to support the design, interaction, integration, and control of devices to support development and recovery. How can modeling inform and accelerate this development?

4. Modeling in the wild: Rehabilitation does not end at the clinic’s door – it extends into and is meant to serve our daily lives and practices. How can modeling support rehabilitation in unstructured human environments to offer actionable insights to support and promote recovery? How can modeling identify and dismantle environmental and societal barriers that cause disability to support and enhance activities of daily living? Conversely, how can modeling identify facilitators that could improve outcomes?

This conference is sponsored by NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG):  the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems’ (ENG/CBET) Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering (DARE) program and the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation’s (ENG/CMMI) Biomechanics and Mechanobiology (BMMB) program. This conference is also supported by NIH National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR).

Questions pertaining to this conference should be directed to dare2023@usc.edu. We are looking forward to your participation in person or virtually.


Grace on behalf of the DARE2023 Planning Committee

Grace M. Hwang, Ph.D.
Program Director
Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering (DARE) Program
Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems Division (CBET)
Rehab@NSF: https://nsf.gov/eng/rehab.jsp
Brain-inspired Dynamics for Engineering Energy-Efficient Circuits and Artificial Intelligence (BRAID
Directorate for Engineering (ENG)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
2415 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314


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