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Fourier Intelligence Eyeing Greater Role for Rehab Robots with 'GReAT' Vision

Rising star on China's robotics and AI scene to unveil industrial body that promotes knowledge sharing across fields, disciplines

06/Oct/2019



Shanghai, October 2, 2019 –– Riding on the crest of a wave to tap intelligent rehabilitation, Shanghai-based robotics startup Fourier Intelligence is scheduled to co-organize the first Global Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology (GReAT) Network Summit on January 12, 2020 in Shanghai.

The summit will bring world-class experts in patient care and rehabilitation technology to the city for a full-day event comprising activities ranging from the official launch of GReAT to panel discussions about the impact of robotics on the future standards of rehabilitation and clinical services.

GReAT Network is a brainchild of top global institutions like ETH Zürich Sensory-Motor Systems Lab and Fourier Intelligence, a 4-year-old pioneer in designing and making cutting-edge robots to assist overworked physicians.

The key objectives of GReAT are to optimise resource sharing in clinical research among its partners in a more effective and efficient way; promote translational research in clinical practice in rehabilitation technology; and improve and encourage the quality of fundamental and translational research in rehabilitation.

Confirmed speakers at the summit represent a who's who of the global rehabilitation community. They include Prof. José Luis Pons Rovira, Scientific Chair, Legs+ Walking Lab, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; Prof. Robert Riener, Chair of Sensory-Motor Systems Lab, ETH Zürich; Prof. Hermano Igo Krebs, Principal Research Scientist, Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT; Prof. Dario Farina, Chair in Neurorehabilitation Engineering at Imperial College London; Prof. James L. Patton, Senior Research Scientist, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; Prof. Qing Xie, Chief Physician, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Ruijin Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Associate Prof. Ying Tan, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Melbourne.

They will share insights into the latest developments and trending topics in rehabilitation, such as wearable exoskeleton, brain-computer interface, intelligent robotic control and human augmentation.

One of the stated purposes of holding the summit is to enlarge cooperation between the best research centres worldwide. According to Robert Riener, chair of the Sensory-Motor Systems Lab at ETH Zürich, there is no known "comparable network" with the scale and scope of GReAT, since most collaborative networks are only national or regional, he said.

Besides, "GReAT covers the chance to not only solve immediate technical and rehabilitative challenges in the short run, but it can also support the development of global solutions for the healthcare systems in different societies and countries in the long run," Riener noted.

Apart from building a framework that guides efforts to produce more affordable and economical solutions for patients in need of therapy, the formation of GReAT is likely to encourage the tendency to explore intersections of engineering and rehabilitation medicine.

"Interdisciplinary collaboration in our field of rehabilitation technology can only work when people with technical and clinical background share time and space. Thus, they have to sit together, meet, talk, develop, test, discuss, and sell their work together," Riener claimed.

One of GReAT's chief coordinators, Associate Professor Minos Niu, also from Ruijin Hospital affiliated with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, said the organisation's acronym indicates the hope that clinical centres and rehabilitation technologists can come together and form closer allies, paving the way for the emergence of leading institutions like Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

"For the non-medication, non-surgery biomechanical method to be applied in a safe, effective and economical fashion to a patient's body, to help restore lost physical capabilities in part or in whole, the clinical and technological aspects of this effort have to be amalgamated," said Niu.

Zen Koh, chief strategy officer of Fourier who also works as GReAT's chief of secretariat, claimed that both the founding of this association and its inaugural get-together are meant to initiate a far-reaching industry-wide campaign for resource sharing and optimisation.

"As more and more people hopefully join us and swell the ranks of GReAT, we can expect not just a rise in the number of global R&D centres involving China and other countries, but also an elevation of Chinese rehabilitation medicine's global status."

Another highlight of the January 12 event will be Fourier Intelligence's showcase of its "intelligent rehab hub," which consists of multiple robots targeting the recovery of different parts of the human body, including upper limbs, lower limbs, ankles, wrists and spinal cords.

Fourier has been a vocal advocate of the so-called "group robotic therapy," whereby multi-functional robots are capable of exchanging data and automatically generating better rehabilitation plans based on IoT technology and AI algorithms.

About Fourier Intelligence
Fourier Intelligence is an innovative global technology company focusing on developing, manufacturing and marketing of rehabilitation robotics and exoskeleton. The company is committed to making life easier for overworked therapists by cutting their workload since much of their treatment is person to person. Fourier's ultimate goal is to enhance the efficiency of therapy for stroke victims and other patients and help to fill the shortfall of qualified therapists in China and beyond.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:
Mr Zen Koh (Deputy CEO / Chief Strategy Officer)
Fourier Intelligence
Phone: +65-9338-2328
Email: zen.koh@fftai.com

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