Advisory Board

Gurvinder Singh Virk

Member, Advisory Board

Gurvinder Singh Virk

Dr Gurvinder Virk is Professor of Robotics at University of Gävle and Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), both in Sweden. He is also Chairman of the UK registered charity CLAWAR having the mission to advance robotics globally for public benefit. He holds a PhD in Control theory from Imperial College, University of London, UK and his current interests are in personal care robots, physical assistance exoskeletons, medical robots, robot safety and robot modularity; he has produced over 300 papers in these areas and 14 books. He has held senior academic positions in UK, New Zealand and Sweden as well as visiting positions in China, France, Germany and India. He has extensive experience of project management and leading international projects having held many grants (total value of over 20 M€). He is a leading actor in international robot standardisation and is Convener of three ISO/IEC robot work groups on safety and inter-operability as well as being Director of the Topic Group on Standardisation in Europe as part of euRobotics’ activities for Horizon 2020. He is actively working with stakeholder organisations in Europe, China, South Korea, Japan and USA on linking international robot R&D with robot standardisation to facilitate the creation of new robot markets. He has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London for his work in promoting Information Technology.

Russ Angold

Member, Advisory Board

Russ Angold

Russ Angold is a Co-Founder of Ekso Bionics and has been developing wearable robotics for over ten years. Russ holds numerous human augmentation patents and his breakthroughs have transformed Exoskeletons from science fiction to practical products. As President of Ekso Labs, Russ continues to advance exoskeleton technology for a wide variety of applications. Russ has a diverse background working in Industrial Automation, Consumer Products, and Construction fields. Angold is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer and holds a bachelor’s degree in BioResource and Agricultural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

José L. Pons

Member, Advisory Board


Prof. Pons obtained his PhD in Physics, Universidad Complutense Madrid, in 1997. In 1998 he was appointed as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Industrial Automation of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research, CSIC. In 1999 he was awarded a position as Tenured Scientist, in 2007 a position as Research Scientist and eventually in 2008 a position as Full Professor, all of them at the same institution. Along these last ten years of research, Prof. Pons has also served as lecturer in Polytechnic University of Madrid (Robotics and Advanced Sensors and Actuators), Alfonso X El Sabio University (Systems theory and Control), Alcalá de Henares University (Robotics and Advanced Actuators). In total, Prof. Pons has spent a cumulative duration of 185 weeks in these research stays. The topics of the research activities have always been in line with research topics at his home research organization and span Kinematics and Dynamics of robots, Advanced Sensor and Actuator technologies, Rehabilitation and Medical robotics, Wearable Robotics as well as neuromotor and biomechanical modeling. Prof. Pons has published along the last ten years over 100 articles in highly ranked international and has also contributed during the last decade to peer-reviewed international conferences with over 100 contributions in oral presentations.