Geoffrey Ling, MD, Ph.D., CEO, SunQ, LLC (formerly Founding Director of the Biological Technologies Office (BTO), DARPA) Dr. Geoffrey Ling serves as a Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is an attending neurocritical care physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is board certified in both neurology and neurocritical care. He also is CEO of SunQ, LLC, a firm specializing in technology development for healthcare. He previously served as the Founding Director of the Biological Technologies Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Assistant Director for Medical Innovation of the Science Division at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. As CEO of SunQ, LLC, he leads a team of talented individuals who identify emerging technology that can be applied to healthcare. SunQ begins by assessing the application of technology to solve existing human health and well-being problems. They assist innovators to adapt their technology to meeting specific problems, create a milestone driven plan for advanced development and then help obtain funding to advance into human clinical trial.
Introduction by: Anthony (Tony) Neal-Graves, Intel Vice President, Internet of Things Group Tony Neal-Graves is vice president and general manager of the Industrial & Energy Solutions Group at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for driving and developing compelling Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to support the automation and control of industrial machinery and processes in manufacturing and production environments; solutions for the generation, transmission and distribution, automation, security, and consumption of electricity; and solutions for the efficient extraction and refinement of oil and gas products. During his 22-year career in telecommunications, Neal-Graves was a general manager at Lucent Technologies and has held senior-level positions in product development, marketing and sales with AT&T, Bell Labs and Lucent. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York, and a Master’s Degree in computer science from the University of Southern California. He also is a graduate of the Congressional Fellows Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., where he was an aide to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives on the Ways and Means Committee. Neal-Graves was awarded the 2011 Black Engineer of the Year Award at the 25th BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference.
Yoshiyuki Sankai, Ph.D., Professor at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and CEO of CYBERDYNE Inc. Dr. Sankai is a Professor at the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, and Director of the Center for Cybernics Research at the University of Tsukuba. He is also a Program Manager of the Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies (ImPACT) Program, initiated by the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation of the Cabinet Office in Japan, a fellow of both the Robotics Society of Japan and the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers, and the President and CEO of the social problem-solving venture company CYBERDYNE, Inc. Having established a new academic field he coined “Cybernics: the fusion and combination of humans, machines and information systems,” Dr. Sankai has pioneered innovative Cyborg-type robot technology, and led CYBERDYNE as an expert member of its committee on medical robots toward its intellectual property strategy and international standard setting by the ISO. He was a Visiting Professor at the Baylor College of Medicine, and served as Chairman and Executive Board member of the Advanced Robotics Journal, as well as an Executive Board member, congress head, and President of the Japan Society of Embolus Detection and Treatment. He was also a council member on one of the Global Agenda Councils of the World Economic Forum. Dr. Sankai received a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Tsukuba in 1987.
General Session Speakers:
Russ Angold, Co-Founder & CTO, Ekso Bionics Russ Angold is the CTO and Co-Founder of Ekso Bionics and has been developing wearable robotics for over 10 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. He 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.
Gregory Sawicki, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, NC State University and UNC Chapel Hill Dr. Gregory S. Sawicki is an Associate Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received a B.S. from Cornell University and a M.S. from the University of California-Davis, both in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to his arrival at NC State in summer 2009, Dr. Sawicki completed his Ph.D. in Human Neuromechanics at the University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor and was a NIH-funded Post-Doctoral Fellow in Integrative Biology at Brown University. Dr. Sawicki’s research area is Rehabilitation Engineering. He directs the Human Physiology of Wearable Robotics (PoWeR) laboratory focusing on uncovering fundamental principles of locomotion mechanics, energetics and neural control in both healthy and impaired populations (e.g. stroke). The long term vision of the Human PoWeR lab is to exploit useful principles of human locomotion – applying them to motivate bio-inspired designs for state of the art lower-limb exoskeletons and prostheses.
Conor Walsh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Harvard University Conor Walsh is the founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab, which brings together researchers from the engineering, industrial design, apparel, clinical and business communities to develop new disruptive robotic technologies for augmenting and restoring human performance. This research includes new approaches to the design, manufacture and control of wearable robotic devices and characterizing their performance through biomechanical and physiological studies so as to further the scientific understanding of how humans interact with such machines. Example application areas include, enhancing the mobility of healthy individuals, restoring the mobility of patients with gait deficits and assisting those with upper extremity weakness to perform activities of daily living. His group is also working on applying emerging meso-scale manufacturing approaches to the design of smart medical tools for the minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment of disease. In addition, he is passionate about educating future innovators and he has established the Harvard Medical Device Innovation Initiative that provides students with the opportunity to collaborate with clinicians in Boston and emerging regions such as India. He is the winner of multiple wards including the MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 Award, Best Paper Award at the 2015 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, National Science Foundation Career Award, the Robotics Business Review Next Generation Game Changer Award and the MIT 100K Entrepreneurship Competition Grand Prize. Conor is the Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at the John A. Paulson Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Conor received his B.A.I and B.A. degrees in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, in 2003, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006 and 2010.
Breakout Session Speakers:
Sunil K. Agrawal, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering & of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, Columbia University Dr. Agrawal is the Director of Robotics and Rehabilitation (ROAR) Laboratory at Columbia University. He has published close to 400 journal and conference papers. He is a Fellow of the ASME and his honors include a NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship from the White House in 1994, a Bessel Prize from Germany in 2003, and a Humboldt US Senior Scientist Award in 2007. He is a recipient of the Best Paper award at the 35th ASME Robotics and Mechanisms Conference in 2011 and a Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference in Robotics and Automation in 2012. He has held positions as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hanyang University in Korea and is currently a Professor of Robotics at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. He actively serves on editorial boards of conferences and journals published by the ASME, IEEE, and other professional societies. Dr. Agrawal received a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1990.
David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Surgery (with Tenure) at The University of Arizona and Deputy Director of the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI) Dr. Armstrong holds a Masters of Science in Tissue Repair and Wound Healing from the University of Wales College of Medicine and a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester College of Medicine, where he was appointed Visiting Professor of Medicine. He also co-founded the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA). Dr. Armstrong was appointed Deputy Director of the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI) and co-founder of its “augmented human” initiative, which places him at the nexus of the merger of consumer electronics, wearables and medical devices. He has produced more than 415 peer-reviewed research papers in dozens of scholarly medical journals, as well as over 70 book chapters. He is Co-Editor of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Clinical Care of the Diabetic Foot, now entering its third edition. Dr. Armstrong was selected as one of the first six International Wound Care Ambassadors and is the recipient of numerous awards and degrees by universities and international medical organizations including the inaugural Georgetown Distinguished Award for Diabetic Limb Salvage. He is past Chair of Scientific Sessions for the ADA’s Foot Care Council, and a past member of the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association as well as a former commissioner with the Illinois State Diabetes Commission. He sits on the Infectious Disease Society of America’s (IDSA) Diabetic Foot Infection Advisory Committee. Dr. Armstrong is the founder and co-chair of the International Diabetic Foot Conference (DF-Con), the largest bi-annual international symposium on the diabetic foot in the world.
Panagiotis (Panos) Artemiadis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Arizona State University Panagiotis (Panos) Artemiadis received his Diploma and Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece, in 2003 and 2009, respectively. From 2007-2009 he worked as a visiting researcher at Brown University and the Toyota Technological Institute in Chicago. From 2009 to 2011, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since 2011, he has been with Arizona State University, where he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, and the Director of the Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Laboratory. His research interests include the areas of robotics, control systems, system identification, brain–machine interfaces and human–swarm interaction. He serves as Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor of many scientific journals and scientific committees. Three of his papers have been nominated or awarded best paper awards, and he has received many awards for his research and teaching. He is the recipient of the 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award and the 2014 AFOSR Young Investigator Award.
Roger Bostelman, Advanced Mobility Engineer, Intelligent Systems Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Roger Bostelman has been an Engineering Project Manager for 25 of his 37 years at NIST, managed the Intelligent Control of Mobility Systems Program, and many NIST and military technology research and development projects. Roger has designed, built and tested mechanical systems and their interface electronics on robot cranes, arms and autonomous vehicles including: an automated HMMWV; HLPR (Home Lift, Position, and Rehabilitation) Chair; AGV’s; Flying Carpet RoboCrane; and several other RoboCranes. He is Chairman of the ASTM F45 autonomous vehicle performance committee and serves as expert on the ANSI/ITSDF B56.5 sub-committee on AGV safety and the ISO 13482 committee on personal care robots. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University, a M.S. degree in Technical Management from the University of Maryland University College, and is seeking a PhD in Robotics at the University of Bourgogne, France. He has over 90 publications in books, journals, and conference proceedings and he holds eight patents.
Ron Diftler, Ph.D., Robonaut Project Manager, Exoskeleton Project Manager, Robotic Systems Technology Branch, ER4, NASA/Johnson Space Center Dr. Diftler currently serves as the Chief of the Robotic Systems Technology Branch at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). He is responsible for projects in the areas of: Humanoid Robotics, Wearable Robotics, and Mobility Systems. Dr. Diftler led the development of the Robonaut 2 (R2) humanoid robot project in collaboration with General Motors, which resulted in an R2 unit undergoing testing on the International Space Station. He established the Wearable Robotics Lab at JSC which supports work in assistive and sensing devices, including exoskeletons, force measuring shoes, and grasp assist gloves. Dr. Diftler holds a B.S.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University and a Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering from Rice University. Dr. Diftler has published more than 50 peer reviewed technical papers in robotic systems and helicopter dynamics. He has 11 patents currently in process or awarded in the field of robotics including several on robot hand technology. Dr. Diftler is a recipient of a 2012 Service to America Finalist Medal, a 2009 NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Award, a 2005 IEEE Humanoids Conference Best Paper Award, and a 2004 NASA Public Service Medal.
Karen Gregorczyk, M.S., Team Leader, Biomechanics and Engineering Team, Warfighter Directorate, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center Ms. Gregorczyk is currently the Team Leader for the Biomechanics and Engineering Team at the Center for Military Biomechanics Research, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center. Ms. Gregorczyk also serves as a Research Biomechanist and Principal Investigator responsible for conceiving, planning, developing, and conducting basic and applied research programs in biomechanics, human-machine interactions, effects of clothing, shelters, airdrop, and other personnel equipment on Soldier performance, and methodologies for conducting the research. Since her arrival at Natick in 2001, Ms. Gregorczyk has led and contributed to several key efforts and programs within the biomechanics research portfolio spanning from basic to applied research that focus on the biomechanical implications of wearing Soldier equipment. She has also led and been a part of considerable advances for the Army in researching and defining human performance and biomechanics capabilities for various exoskeleton prototypes. Ms. Gregorczyk has over 15 publications as peer-reviewed journal articles and technical reports. She has presented her work widely to both military and civilian audiences. Ms. Gregorczyk received her M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and earned her BA in Physics at the College of the Holy Cross.
Robert D. Gregg IV, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Dallas Robert Gregg received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007 and 2010, respectively. He joined the Departments of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in June 2013 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to joining UTD, he was a Research Scientist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University. His research concerns the control mechanisms of bipedal locomotion with application to autonomous robots and wearable control systems, including prostheses and orthoses. Dr. Gregg is a recipient of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award and the Career Award at the Scientific Interface from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. He also received the Best Technical Paper Award of the 2011 International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots, the 2009 O. Hugo Schuck Award from the IFAC American Automatic Control Council, and the Best Student Paper Award of the 2008 American Control Conference. Dr. Gregg is a member of the IEEE Control Systems Society and the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society.
Carlos Fernández Isoird, Founder and CEO, GOGOA Mobility Robots Carlos F. Isoird is the Founder and CEO of GOGOA Mobility Robots, a spin-off of the CSIC (Spanish National Research Council). He is also the founder of realiZe, a social business accelerator and international consulting firm focused on strategy and regional development. During the last few years he has promoted and managed different infrastructures and centers to promote innovation including: Basque Center for Innovation and New Business Development, INNOVALAB, and Basque Social Innovation Park. Previously he was the associated manager of MIK, the Corporative Unit of Innovation of Mondragon Cooperative Group. As a business and social innovator he has promoted different entities and companies and worked for governments as an advisor on local development and innovation strategies, he has lead research teams in new management models and innovation at international level. Mr. Isoird has published four books on management and authored several articles. He is a recognized speaker on business and social innovation and weekly he cooperates in a radio program on innovation issues. Mr. Isoird is and engineer and industrial designer with a Master in New Products Development and holds a Doctorate in Innovation by the University of Chemnitz.
Arun Jayaraman PT, PhD, Director, Max Näder Center for Rehabilitation Technologies & Outcomes Research, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Dr.Jayaraman’s lab is very unique in that it is one of the few clinical labs that develops and executes both industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated research in prosthetics, orthotics, rehabilitation robotics, and other assistive and adaptive technologies to treat physical disability. The lab conducts all its outcome research using advanced wearable patient monitoring wireless sensors, in addition to the traditional performance-based and patient-reported outcome measures. The Max Näder Lab is currently involved in over 20 federally and industry funded research studies, which includes technologies such as the Ekso, ReWalk, Indego, Keego, Honda SMA, Ottobock C-leg & C-brace, Freedom Innovation’s powered Leg, MyoPro etc.
Ray O. Johnson, Ph.D., former Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin Corp. Dr. Ray Johnson is a corporate executive with an extensive background leading large organizations, developing and executing growth strategies, and achieving operational excellence in diverse business environments. He served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation for nine years (2006 to 2015). He interacts at the highest levels nationally and internationally with officials in government, industry, and academia, and he is frequently sought as an expert in the media and as a speaker on business, strategy, innovation, and education. Dr. Johnson is a member of several Boards and Committees within the science and technology industries. In the educational field, he is a Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland, where he is also a member of the Board of Visitors with the School of Computing, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences. Previous academic Board positions include the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Rice University Professional Science Master’s Program, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative. He is a full Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and a fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Johnson is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University.
Mike LaFiandra, PhD, Chief Dismounted Warrior Branch, US Army Research Lab Dr. LaFiandra is currently the chief of the Dismounted Soldier and Small Team Performance branch of the Army Research Laboratory. He has developed a line of research aimed at understanding the effects of new technology on physical and cognitive stress for the Dismounted Soldier, and the resulting effects on the performance of operationally relevant tasks. As part of this, he developed and built the Soldier Performance and Equipment Advanced Research (SPEAR) facility at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Previously, Dr. LaFiandra worked for Boston Dynamics and for the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine where he conducted research aimed at understanding the effects of load carriage on Soldier performance. He is the national lead on a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) research and technology group, which is an international organization aimed at lessening the effects of physical overburden on dismounted warfighter performance. Additionally, he’s the national lead on The Technology Cooperation Panel – Human Resources and Performance Group Joint Panel on Land, and the lead for the Office of Secretary of Defense’s Human System Community of Interest sub-panel on Protection Sustainment and Warfighter Performance.
Tommaso Lenzi Ph.D., Research Scientist, Center for Bionic Medicine, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Dr. Lenzi completed his Ph.D. in Bio-Robotics at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Italy in December 2012. His doctoral dissertation, focused on novel actuation systems and adaptive control strategies for wearable robots, received the Italian Bioengineering Group (GNB) award in 2013. Dr. Lenzi is currently a Research Scientist at the Center for Bionic Medicine of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. From August 2011 to February 2012 he was Visiting Research Scientist at University of Delaware. From November 2012 to March 2015, he was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department of Northwestern University under Dr. Todd Kuiken. Dr. Lenzi has co-authored 18 papers on ISI-ranked journals, 31 papers on peer-review conference proceedings, two book chapters, and six patents (3 internationally granted, 4 pending). His primary research interests lie at the intersection of robotics, mechatronics, neural engineering, and rehabilitation. Dr. Lenzi’s goal is to leverage robotics technologies to discover fundamental aspects of human movement ability, and use this knowledge to develop novel intelligent machines that improve the quality of life of individuals with disability at home and in the community.
Thurmon Lockhart, Ph.D., Professor, School of Biological Health and Systems Engineering, Arizona State University Dr. Thurmon Lockhart is currently a Professor in the School of Biological Health and Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. Professor Lockhart is internationally known for his expertise in biomechanics associated with falls. His research examines the mechanisms of sensorimotor deficits and movement disorders associated with aging and neurological disorders on fall accidents.
Trent Maruyama, OTR/L, OT(C), CKTP, Rehabilitation Program Coordinator for the Stroke Specialty and Comprehensive Programs, Barrow Neuro Rehabilitation Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
Trent has been the Rehabilitation Program Coodinator for the Stroke Specialty and Comprhensive Programs at the Barrow Neuro Rehabilitation Center since 2009. He has been an Occupational Therapist for the past 21 years and the past 15 at St. Jospeh’s Hospital and Medical Center in the Barrow Neuro Rehabilitation Center. Trent specializes in treatment of stroke and TBI, but he has also treated numerous different diagnosis inclduing brain tumors, SCI, and other neurologic diagnosis. Through St. Joseph’s Hospital and Barrow Neurological Institute Trent has organized and put on Stroke and Brain Injury Symposiums for therapists, and stroke caregivers and survivors. He has also spoken about behavior management for agitated patients at several national and regional conferences. He has implemented the wearable robotics program at the Barrow Neuro Rehabilitation Center. Trent earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Sciences (1991) and a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy (1995) from the University of Alberta in Canada.
Magnús Oddsson, Director of Development, Prosthetics, Ossur Magnús Oddsson, MSc, is the director of prosthetic research and development at Ossur. His background is in systems integration engineering. During the 12 years he has been with Ossur, Magnús has worked on the development of several Bionic products both as project manager, software engineer and innovator. His primary research focus has been on integration and syncronization of Bionic systems and improving capture of true user intent. He is holder of several patents in the field and has lectured on the subject at international conferences and universities.
José L. Pons, Research Professor, CSIC Professor José Pons obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from 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 10 years of research, Professor Pons has also served as lecturer in many universities. In total, Professor 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. Professor Pons has published in the last 10 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.
Wade Pulliam, Ph.D., Director of Advanced Technology Programs, SRI International Dr. Wade Pulliam is a pragmatic innovation thought leader who excels at solving complex multi-disciplinary problems, especially those at the nexus of national security policy and technology development. Dr. Pulliam has led the demonstration and study of problems that has spawned new industries. For example, the Vulture UAV program directly led to similar solar electric aircraft development efforts at Google and Facebook. He currently serves as the Director of Advanced Technology Programs at SRI International. Previously, Dr. Pulliam was a venture capitalist and a program manager at DARPA/TTO, as well as a serial entrepreneur. He holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech and a MA in national security studies from Georgetown.
Nicolaus Radford, Senior Vice President of Engineering & Research, Houston Mechatronics, Inc. Nicolaus Radford is co-founder, Chairman and CTO of Houston Mechatronics, Inc (HMI), a rapidly growing robotics and mechatronics startup specializing in both intelligent automation and electric vehicles. Prior to HMI, he spent 13 years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in the Dexterous Robotics Laboratory. At the conclusion of his career within the government, he was the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Valkyrie project, a humanoid robot developed initially for disaster response outlined in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). Former to that, he served as the Deputy and Chief Engineer for Robonaut 2 (R2), a spaceflight humanoid robot, initially developed in partnership with General Motors as a lab prototype for advanced manufacturing processes requiring human level dexterity and coordination. He then led the efforts to redesign and qualify R2 for the International Space Station. Mr. Radford was the PI for NASA in DARPA-funded advanced electric machine research for robotics using Variable Flux Memory Motors (VFMMs) and he led NASA’s efforts in exoskeleton research for crew exercise and mobility assistance, while serving as Co-PI for NASA on DARPA’s Warrior Web program which focused on wearable robotics for military applications. He has extensive experience leading multi-disciplinary teams in challenging development timeline environments. During Mr. Radford’s tenure at NASA, he was the recipient of countless patents, design awards, commendations for his expertise and leadership culminating in him receiving NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal.
Elliott J Rouse, PhD, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Elliott Rouse is the Director of the Neurobionics Lab in the Center for Bionic Medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, as well as the Departments of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. The vision of his group is to discover the fundamental science that underlies human joint dynamics during locomotion and incorporate these discoveries in a new class of wearable robotic technologies. The Neurobionics Lab uses technical tools from mechanical and biomedical engineering applied to the complex challenges of human augmentation, physical medicine, rehabilitation and neuroscience. Dr. Rouse received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University in 2007, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Subsequently, he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Postdoctoral Fellow, working with the Biomechatronics Group in the MIT Media Lab until 2014. Dr. Rouse and his research have been featured at TED, on the Discovery Channel, CNN, National Public Radio, Wired Magazine UK, Business Insider, and Odyssey Magazine.
Christopher St.Clair, MOT, OTR/L, MBA, Manager, Barrow Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation Center, St.Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center Chris is the manager of the Barrow Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation Center and has been leading rehabilitation programming since 2001. Beginning in 1994, Chris co-developed, founded and later sold Midwest Documents Systems, an Iowa based networking and technical sales organization. In 2001, Chris began his Occupational Therapy and healthcare leadership career, which has included specialized programming and technology for children with Harrison School District and Denver Children’s Hospital. He continued on to serve as Director at the Victory Junction Gang medical specialty camp, leading the opening of the Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall affiliated North Carolina facility for children with medical needs. Chris has been in rehabilitation at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Barrow Neruo-Rehabilitation since 2005. In 2015 he implemented the wearable robotics program at the Barrow Outpatient Neuro-Rehabilitation Center. He earned his Bachelors of Business Administration with emphasis in Information Systems from Iowa State University (1994). He graduated with honors while completing both his Masters in Occupational Therapy at St. Ambrose University (2001) and his MBA in Finance (2009) from Grand Canyon University’s Ken Blanchard School of Business.
Thomas Sugar, Ph.D., Director of the Human Machine Integration Lab, Arizona State University Dr. Sugar is a Professor in the Polytechnic School, part of the Ira. A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He started the Human Machine Integration Laboratory in 1999. He is currently developing wearable leg exoskeletons that assist a person to walk and run. These systems seamlessly transition between walking and running. Dr. Sugar is also founder of SpringActive where he develops technology for prosthetic, orthotic, and exoskeleton systems. SpringActive has participated in multiple government-funded projects involving wearable systems, including grants and contracts from NSF, NIH, the U.S. Army and DARPA. The projects have involved the development of advanced compliant actuator concepts, cutting-edge prosthetics for amputees and energy harvesting from a walking foot-soldier. Dr. Sugar received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Vai, PhD, Senior Technical Staff, Secure Resilient Systems and Technology, MIT Lincoln Laboratory Dr. Michael Vai joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 1999 and is currently Senior Staff in the Secure Resilient Systems and Technology Group. Before coming to this group, he was Assistant Leader of the Embedded and Open Systems Group in the ISR and Tactical Systems Division. At Lincoln Laboratory, he has led the development of several notable real-time systems incorporating very-large-scale integration. Dr. Vai has worked in the area of high-performance embedded computing for more than 20 years. He has worked and published extensively in VLSI, application specific integrated circuits (ASIC), FPGAs, design methodology, and embedded digital systems. He has published more than 80 technical papers and a textbook (VLSI Design, CRC Press, 2001). He is also the co-editor and a contributing author of a reference handbook (High Performance Embedded Computing Handbook, CRC Press, 2008). Dr. Vai’s current research interests include anti-tamper and information assurance technologies, and particularly those related to open architectures and high-performance computing algorithms. He is a senior member of IEEE. Dr. Vai received his MS and Ph.D. degrees from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, in 1985 and 1987, respectively, all in electrical engineering.
Herman van der Kooij Ph.D., Professor Biomechatronics and Rehabilitation Technology, Biomechanical Engineering, University of Twente Dr. van der Kooij received his Ph.D. with honors (cum laude) in 2000 and is a professor in Biomechatronics and Rehabilitation Technology at the Department of Biomechanical Engineering at the University of Twente (0.8 fte), and Delft University of Technology (0.2fte), the Netherlands. His expertise and interests are in the field of human motor control, adaptation, and learning, rehabilitation robots, diagnostic, and assistive robotics, virtual reality, rehabilitation medicine, and neuro computational modeling. He has published over 150 publications in the area of biomechatronics and human motor control. He has directed approximately € 12 million in research, from which he gained expertise in the management of international medium-scale projects. He was awarded the prestigious Dutch VIDI and VICI grants in 2001 and 2015, respectively. He is an associate editor of IEEE TBME and IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, a member of IEEE EMBS technical committee of Biorobotics, and was a member of several scientific program committees in the field of rehabilitation robotics, bio robotics, and assistive devices. He is co-group leader of the technology development for new rehabilitation robotics workgroup of the Cost Action European Network on Robotics for NeuroRehabilitation. He is a member of the program committee of the Duch IMDI core on Neurocontrol, and of the NeuroSipe program. He is the coordinator of the FP7 project Symbitron.
Dr. Jan Veneman, Project Manager and Senior Researcher, Rehabilitation Department, Health Division, TECNALIA Research & Innovation Dr. Jan Veneman is active in the fields of exoskeleton robotics, gait rehabilitation, gait assessment, haptic devices, exoskeletons and smart orthotic materials, and in the topics of benchmarking and standardization for wearable exoskeletons related to assistance and training of walking. Since 2002 he has been active in these fields, when he started the development and evaluation of a robotic exoskeleton for interactive gait rehabilitation (LOPES) in the University of Twente, and consecutively at the Roessingh’ Research and Development center, both located in The Netherlands. He is currently the Spanish expert in the ISO/IEC TC 184/SC JWG9 committee on medical robotics standardization and in general supporting the definition of new standardization on Rehabilitation Robotics as a member of the IISART standardization working group. He is also active in the working group “Benchmarking of Bipedal Locomotion,” co-organizing workshops in this field, and is PI of the FP7 ICT research project “BALANCE” on postural balancing supportive control of leg exoskeletons.
Gurvinder Singh Virk, Ph.D., Professor of Robotics at University of Gävle and Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Dr. Gurvinder Virk is a 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 Ph.D. 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 positons in China, France, Germany and India. He has extensive experience of project management and leading international projects having held many grants. He is a leading actor in international robot standardization and is Convener of three ISO/IEC robot work groups on safety and inter-operability. He is also Director of the Topic Group on Standardization in Europe as part of euRobotics’ activities for Horizon 2020. He is actively working with stakeholder organizations in Europe, China, South Korea, Japan and USA on linking international robot R&D with robot standardization 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.
Nicola Vitiello, Associate Professor of The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Co-Founder, IUVO Srl Nicola Vitiello received his M.Sc. degree in biomedical engineering (cum laude) from the University of Pisa, Italy (2006) and from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Pisa, Italy (2007). He also received a Ph.D. degree in biorobotics from SSSA (2010). He is currently an Assistant Professor with The BioRobotics Institute, SSSA where he leads the Wearable Robotics Laboratory. He is the author and co-author of more than 40 ISI/Scopus papers and more than 30 peer-review conference proceedings papers. He has served as the Scientific Secretary of the EU FP7 CA-RoboCom project, and as the Scientific Coordinator of the EU FP7 CYBERLEGs project, and the EARLYREHAB Project funded by Regione Toscana. Currently he is the Scientific Coordinator of the IUVO project funded by Fondazione Pisa and Scientific Partner of the EU H2020 AIDE project. His main research interests include the development of wearable robotic devices for human motion assistance and rehabilitation and of robotic platforms for neuro-scientific investigations.
Qining Wang, Ph.D. Professor, College of Engineering, Peking University, China Dr. Qining Wang received his Ph.D. degree in Dynamics and Control from Peking University, China. He is currently an Associate Professor in the College of Engineering, Peking University, and the Director of the Beijing Engineering Research Center of Intelligent Rehabilitation Engineering. He is the Project Leader of the robotic prosthesis R&D group, Peking University. His research interests are in the fields of bio-inspired robots and rehabilitation robotics.
Burkhard Zimmermann, Chief Quality Officer and Executive Board Member, Hocoma AG Burkhard Zimmermann’s background is in Biomedical Engineering. His expertise is within the medical device industry, regulatory authority and consulting, mainly in the area of quality management and regulatory affairs. He has worked for Hocoma since 2004. The company is the worldwide market leader for most advanced and enabling functional movement therapy solutions to enable an efficiency revolution. Mr. Zimmermann is Chairman of the standard working group at the International Industry Society In Advanced Rehabilitation Technology (IISART). He is also a Member / Chairman of several national and international standard committees; working and project groups in the area of medical devices.