Keynote Speakers

Wear18 Hermano Igo Krebs4Hermano Igo Krebs, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist, MIT

Dr. Krebs has been a Principal Research Scientist and Lecturer at MIT’s Mechanical Engineering Department since 1997. He also holds an affiliate position as an Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, and is a visiting professor at several universities worldwide. He is an IEEE Fellow and was nominated by two IEEE societies: IEEE-EMBS (Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society) and IEEE-RAS (Robotics and Automation Society) to this distinguished engineering status “for contributions to rehabilitation robotics and the understanding of neuro-rehabilitation.” His goal is to revolutionize the way rehabilitation medicine is practiced today by applying robotics and information technology to assist, enhance, and quantify rehabilitation. He was one of the founders, member of the Board of Directors, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Interactive Motion Technologies from 1998 to 2016. He successfully merged it with Bionik Laboratories, a publicly traded company, where he served as its Chief Science Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors until July 2017. He founded 4Motion Robotics in August 2017.

wear18 John RogersJohn Rogers, Ph. D., Professor, Northwestern University

Professor John A. Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989. From MIT, he received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and the Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Rogers was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows. He joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department in 1997, and served as Director of this department from 2000 through 2002. He then spent 13 years on the faculty at University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, most recently as the Swanlund Chair Professor, the highest chaired position at the university, where he also served as Director of the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory. In 2016, he joined Northwestern University as the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurological Surgery, with courtesy appointments in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Chemistry. He is also the founding Director of the newly endowed Center on Bio-Integrated Electronics. Dr. Rogers has published nearly 600 papers and is an inventor on over 100 patents and patent applications. His research has been recognized with many awards including the Lemelson-MIT Prize, a MacArthur Fellowship and the Smithsonian Award for American Ingenuity in the Physical Sciences. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors.

wear18 Ben WolffBen Wolff, Chairman, CEO & Director, Sarcos Robotics

Benjamin Wolff serves as the Chairman and CEO of leading global robotics company, Sarcos Robotics. In this role, he oversees the strategic direction of the company and engages with the company’s partners, customers and investors. Prior to joining Sarcos, Wolff served as CEO, President and Chairman at Pendrell Corporation from 2009 to 2014. In 2003, Wolff co-founded Clearwire Corporation, where he served as President, CEO and Co-Chairman. Clearwire was sold to Sprint in 2013 for more than $14 billion. He also previously served on the board of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), and is currently a member of the Board of Visitors of Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Wolff earned his law degree from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1994, and his Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University in 1991.