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.
Dr. Hitt is recognized nationally as an expert in wearable robotic technologies and human systems. He has participated on multiple government, private and academic panels and boards such as the Board on Army Science and Technology, the Army Basic Science Review Panel, and the Wearable Robotics International Workshop. He has been invited to be the plenary speaker at numerous conferences such as those held by the National Robotics Initiative, the National Defense Industrial Association, Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the Harvard University Smart Clothes Symposium, and ExxonMobil Wearable Technology Workshop. After serving as the director for both the Aerospace Systems and Thermodynamics Group and the Mechanical Engineering Research Center at the United States Military Academy, Dr. Hitt was invited to become a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). While at DARPA, Dr. Hitt led multiple advanced technology programs in partnership with 15 industry prime contractors, 10 subcontractors, and 10 world-class academic institutions and managed a robotics-centric program portfolio worth over $300 Million. Dr. Hitt currently serves as the CEO of GoX Studio, a product development company focused on wearable and robotic technologies that enhance health, performance, and quality of life. Dr. Hitt obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University and his B.S. in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Kazerooni is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also serves as the director of the Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory. With more than 30 years of mechanical engineering experience and a doctorate degree from MIT, he is a leading expert in robotics, control sciences, exoskeletons, human-machine systems and augmentation, bioengineering, mechatronics design, intelligent assist devices, and power and propulsion. Prior to his more well-known research on lower extremity exoskeletons, Dr. Kazerooni led his team at Berkeley to successfully develop robotics systems that enhanced human upper extremity strength. The results of this work led to a new class of intelligent assist devices that are currently used by workers in distribution centers and factories all over the world. These intelligent assist devices are currently marketed worldwide by Ingersoll- Rand and Gorbel. Dr. Kazerooni’s later work has focused on the control of human-machine systems specific to human lower extremities. Dr. Kazerooni has won numerous awards including Discover Magazine’s Technological Innovation Award, the McKnight-Land Grant Professorship, and has been a recipient of the outstanding ASME Investigator Award. His research was recognized as the most innovative technology of the year in New York Times Magazine. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in the mechanical engineering community and is notably the editor of two journals: ASME Journal of Dynamics Systems and Control and IEEE Transaction on Mechatronics. A recognized authority on robotics, Dr. Kazerooni has published more than 200 articles to date, delivered over 130 plenary lectures internationally, and holds numerous patents.
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.
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.
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