IWNND 2019 "International Workshop on Neurorobotics and Neural Disorders”

The first “International Workshop on Neurorobotics and Neural Disorders (IWNND2019)” is a scientific event and a platform for exchange between researchers, technology developers and clinicians around commercial and/or research application of Neurorobotics in the context of neural disorders, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Neurorobotics is at the intersection of robotics and neuroscience and focus on implementing neurobiological structures underlying animal behaviour in robots. In this way, neurorobotics can facilitate the investigation of the mechanisms of neural disorders and support the development of techniques that can inform new therapies and be used as an alternative to animal experiments. 

The workshop will discuss promising approaches and challenges for robotics community regarding the study of neural disorders. It will be a great chance to meet our invited speakers and network with fellow roboticists and neuroscientists plus a world-class audience from Universities, Research Institutions and Companies.

Date and Venue

April 2nd 2019 (Tuesday)
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK (Postgraduate Centre Auditorium PG.G01, map


There are no fees for registration but spaces are limited (registration link)


  • "Overview of the clinical problems in Parkinson’s disease", Dr. Stuart Jamieson (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust UK)
  • "Non-parametric directionality: theory and application to cortico-basal ganglia circuits in parkinsonian rat", Dr. David Halliday (University of York UK)
  • "Neurorobotics" Prof. Paul Verschure (Institute for Bioengineering of Catalunya, Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Catalan Institute of Advanced Studies Spain)
  • "Heriot-Watt University and the Year of Health", Prof. Richard Williams (Heriot-Watt University Principal UK)
  • "Predicting the effects of deep brain stimulation using a computational model", Dr. Gihan Weerasinghe (University of Oxford UK)
  • "Understanding of animal behaviour from computer models of neural circuits and robotics", Dr. Seb James (University of Sheffield UK)


General Chair: Dr Patrícia A. Vargas and Dr Renan Moioli
Programme Chair: Dr Michael Lones
Local Chair: Siobhan Duncan
Registration Chair: Jhielson M. Pimentel


Tuesday, 2 April, 2019 - 08:30 to 18:30
Postgraduate Centre Auditorium, PG G.01, Heriot-Watt University