Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Homayoon Kazerooni, Professor, University of California at Berkeley / Founder and Chief Scientist, suitX

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 is the inventors of numerous patents. More information can be obtained in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homayoon_Kazerooni.

Michael Goldfarb, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University and Creator of the Indego

Dr. Goldfarb directs the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics at Vanderbilt University, which specializes in the development and assessment of robotic technology to improve the quality of life and/or quality of care for people with physical disabilities. The Center’s research includes the development and assessment of robotic lower limb prostheses that offer improved gait biomechanics across a wide range of activities to transtibial and transfemoral amputees; the development and assessment of multigrasp hand prostheses that offer enhanced dexterity to upper extremity amputees; the development and assessment of lower limb exoskeletons to provide legged mobility to individuals with paraplegia; and the development of lower limb exoskeletons as a therapeutic intervention to provide overground gait retraining for individuals with lower limb hemiparesis following stroke. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; his M.S., Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and a B.S., Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona. He has published numerous articles and white papers and is best known for his work in developing the Indego lower-limb exoskeleton.

General Session Speakers:

Stephane Bedard,CEO, B-Temia





Gery Colombo,CEO, Hocoma

Dr. Gery Colombo has 25 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the Institute for Biomedical Technology of ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Zurich. Dr. Colombo is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hocoma, the worldwide-leading company in rehabilitation robotics, active in the field of neurorehabilitation with robotic and sensor-based devices for functional movement therapy. He is the creator of the Lokomat, a driven gait orthosis for functional robotic gait therapy. The Lokomat was built for rehabilitation of patients after stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury or other neurological diseases who have the potential of regaining independent walking again. Dr. Colombo holds patents in the field of rehabilitation robotics and is an expert in technology transfer. During his research career he contributed to more than 40 peer reviewed journal articles. He is one of the founders and president of the International Industry Society of Advanced Rehabilitation Technologies (IISART) and member of WFNR, AAATE. He won several prizes, among others the “Entrepreneur of Year 2004” and the “Red Herring 100 Global.”

A. Dorotheou - CopyAchilleas Dorotheou, Head, Human Motion Control, Parker Hannifin Corp.

Achilleas Dorotheou earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University, fully funded through a Fulbright Scholarship. He went on to obtain a MS degree in Control Systems from the same university with a focus on robotics. Then he worked as a project manager for mechanical and control systems for the BAe Tornado aircraft ground facilities at a military air base project in Saudi Arabia. He went on to attend Columbia Business School where he earned his MBA degree in Finance, after which he spent a decade in strategic management consulting with Arthur D. Little Inc. and Charles River Associates. During his consulting career, he focused on business and technology strategy, market entry and organizational development for government departments, large companies and notable investors in the Middle East, Europe and North America. Over the past 12 years, Achilleas has held senior roles at Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH) in the areas of corporate strategy, mergers & acquisitions, and venturing reporting to the company’s COO, CTO and several presidents. In 2013, he co-founded the Human Motion & Control (HMC) business unit of Parker and has since served as Vice President and Head of the unit. HMC has the mission to develop and commercialize intelligent mechatronic devices to address human functional impairments. HMC has developed a pipeline of intelligent, powered exoskeletal devices starting with the Indego device which received FDA clearance in March 2016 for both personal and clinical use. First revenue was attained in less than three years from inception. Achilleas also leads the market access/reimbursement activities of the unit and the requisite evidence development and payer engagement. Since 2014 Achilleas has served as Board Member for Freedom Innovations LLC, an advanced lower-limb prosthetics company based in Irvine, California.

Larry Jasinski,CEO, ReWalk Robotics





Thomas Looby,CEO, Ekso Bionics





Scott Schneider,President, North America, Ottobock

Scott Schneider is the Chief Future Development Officer and President, MedicalCare at Ottobock Healthcare LP. In this role, Scott is responsible for exploring opportunities in partnerships, technology, managing integration and political relationships in North America. Ottobock is a privately-owned Germany-based company, founded in 1919, with its North American headquarters in Austin, Texas. Ottobock designs, develops and sells medical technology products and fitting solutions for people with limited mobility in the fields of prosthetics, orthotics, mobility solutions (wheelchairs, rehab solutions), neurorehabilitation and medical care. Scott joined Ottobock in 2003 with the acquisition of his company TEC Interface Systems and has held assignments in both Ottobock North America and Germany. Prior to joining the company, Scott was a partner at Northwestern Artificial Limb & Brace and co-founder of TEC Interface from 1988-2002. While there, the organizations were awarded the 1995 Small Business of the Year from the US Small Business Administration, the 2002 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year regional award and 2002 Fast Company’s ‘Fast 50’ Most Innovative Companies.

Roland Auberger, Innovation Expert, NeuroOrthotics, Ottobock Healthcare Products

Roland Auberger is responsible for technology transfer and acts as an innovation scout at Ottobock. He is located in Vienna, a major R&D hub for Ottobock mechatronic products. Roland joined the Ottobock R&D team in 2004 and was the developer of the C-Brace Orthotronic Mobility system. He studied mechatronics at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria and wrote his master thesis in the field of surgical robotics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). After his graduation, Roland worked as a research assistant in the Institute for Robotics at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. In addition to his professional activities Roland is currently working on a Ph.D. project at the Sensory-Motor Systems Lab of the ETH Zürich, Switzerland.

D. Reinkensmeyer David Reinkensmeyer, Professor, University of California at Irvine

David Reinkensmeyer is a Professor in the departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Anatomy and Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of California at Irvine. He earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, studying robotics and the neuroscience of human movement. He carried out postdoctoral studies at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University Medical School, building one of the first robotic devices for rehabilitation therapy after stroke. He became an assistant professor at U.C. Irvine in 1997, establishing a research program that develops robotic and sensor-based systems for movement training and assessment following neurologic injuries and disease. He is a co-inventor of the T-WREX arm training exoskeleton, commercialized by Hocoma A.G. as ArmeoSpring and now in use in over 700 clinics worldwide for people with stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and orthopedic injuries. He is also co-inventor of the MusicGlove hand training device, now being commercialized by Flint Rehabilitation Devices. He is co-director of the NIDILRR MARS3 Robotic Rehabilitation Engineering Center, co-director of the NIH K12 Engineering Career Development Center in Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation. He recently received the Innovator of the Year Award from the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and the Distinguished Midcareer Faculty Research Award from UC Irvine.

Crispin Simon,CEO, REX BionicsCrispin Simon has a 25-year track record in industry, predominantly in the commercialization of Medical Technology products. Following a career which included NM Rothschild, McKinsey, Rexam and Smith & Nephew, where he was latterly President of the Endoscopy Division, Crispin was Chief Executive of Biocompatibles International Plc (“Biocompatibles”) until its sale to BTG Plc in early 2011. While there, he led a team that developed three medical products businesses: The Cardiovascular Stent business, sold to Abbott Laboratories Inc. for £145 million; the Contact Lens business, sold to Cooper Industries Inc. for £80 million and the Drug-eluting Bead business, which was sold as part of the disposal of the whole company to BTG for £165 million. In addition, £123 million cashwas returned to shareholders. Crispin was appointed CBE in 2015

Tim Swift,Co-Founder, Other Labs





Breakout Speakers:

David ArmstrongDavid 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.

Roger Bostelman, Advanced Mobility Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Roger Bostelman has managed the Intelligent Control of Mobility Systems Program and many NIST and military technology research and development projects throughout his 39 years at NIST. Roger has designed, built, and tested mechanical systems and their interface electronics on robot cranes, robot arms, and autonomous vehicles, including the RoboCrane®, deployed as the manipulator at Chernobyl and Fukushima Nuclear disaster sites, HLPR (Home Lift, Position, and Rehabilitation) Chair, and several other technologies. He is Chairman of ASTM Committee F45, Chairs F45.91 Subcommittee, and serves as an expert on ANSI/ITSDF B56.5, TC 299 Robotics/WG2 ISO 13482, ASTM E57, and ASTM AC220. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University, a M.S. in Technology Management from the University of Maryland University College, and is seeking a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Bourgogne, France. He has over 100 publications in books, journals, and conference proceedings and he holds seven patents.

Kevin CarrollKevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP/D, Vice President of Prosthetics, Hanger Clinic

Kevin Carroll is an accomplished healthcare professional with over 35 years as a practicing prosthetist, visionary researcher, and skilled educator. As Vice President of Prosthetics for Hanger Clinic, Carroll travels nationally and internationally presenting scientific symposiums and managing clinics for difficult prosthetic cases. Carroll is an American Board Certified Prosthetist and has been named a Fellow with Distinction of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. He also received the honor of Doctor of Humane Letters from Quinnipiac University for his humanitarian work. Carroll is the co-developer of the patented the Hanger Clinic ComfortFlex™ Socket System and co-developed the first prosthetic tail for Winter the Dolphin with his colleague, Dan Strzempka. He has appeared on news broadcasts such as Dateline, 20/20, CBS Early Show, NBC Nightly News, ABC’s Good Morning America, and the Discovery Channel.

Jason KomorowskiJason Komorowski, GSM-MA AMHS Equipment Development Engineer, Intel

Jason is responsible for strategic sourcing, along with research and development of factory automated material handling system equipment at Intel Corporation within their global supplier management organization. In addition, Jason is focused on implementing industry 4.0 technology, including advanced robotics, wearables, internet of things devices, predictive analytics, machine vision, and artificial intelligence. He joined Intel in 2006 at their Colorado Springs facility, but quickly moved to Phoenix Arizona, where he has spent the last 10 years. Jason holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech University. Jason is currently a member of two standards groups: ASTM Committee F45, and the Semi-standards PI&C Global Technical Committee. He also chairs the Opportunities Committee of the Wearable Robotics Association (WearRA).

Kyte_Kadon_2635600_Org-1Kadon A.K. Kyte, Human Factors and Ergonomics Engineer, Boeing

Kadon Kyte is currently a Human Factors and Ergonomics Engineer with Boeing Research and Technology’s (BR&T) Advanced Production & Inspection (AP&I) group. In addition to providing enterprise wide human factors and ergonomic support to current and future plane programs, Kadon serves as the Principal Investigator for Industrial Exoskeleton research. In that capacity, he spearheads the efforts to better understand exoskeleton technology and its potential use on the production floor. Kadon began his career with Boeing in 2014 as an intern and returned upon completing his studies in 2015. Prior to Boeing, Kadon was a Junior Ambassador to Germany and interned with Airbus GmbH as a Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Safety (RAMS) Engineer in Hamburg. Kadon is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s 5-Year Accelerated MS/BS Human Factors and Systems program with a focus on systems engineering in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Tommaso Lenzi, Ph.D.,Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah

Tommaso Lenzi earned a MS degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Pisa in 2008, and a Ph.D. degree in BioRobotics from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in 2012. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Utah, and a Core Faculty in the Utah Robotics Center, where he directs the Bionic Engineering Lab. Previously, he was a Research Scientist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (2015-2016), and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University (2013-2014). He is a member of IEEE, the Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), and the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society(EMBS). Dr. Lenzi has co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications, three book chapters, and nine patents applications. He serves as Associate Editor for the IEEE International Conferences on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR) and Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BIOROB). His main research interests include robotics, mechatronics, and rehabilitation medicine with a major emphasis on the design and control of wearable robots for human assistance and rehabilitation.

Matt MarinoMatthew Marino, Lead Ergonomist, Briotix

Matthew Marino is a Lead Ergonomist with Briotix, located in Portland, OR. Briotix is the leading provider of workforce performance solutions, combining ergonomic, injury-prevention, physical rehabilitation and performance optimization services. In his role, Matt works with some of the world’s largest companies to develop human-centered organizations and unlock the full potential of the global workforce. His background and training have given him the tools to develop results driven programs for a global clientele. Matt is a Physical Therapist, Certified Professional Ergonomist, Certified Workers Compensation Healthcare Provider, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator, Certified Personal Trainer, Six Sigma black belt who is trained in the Functional Movement Screen, Selective Functional Movement Assessment and Y Balance Test.

James L. Patton, Professor of Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

James L. Patton is a Professor of Bioengineering and an Adjunct in Computer Science at The University of Illinois at Chicago, and is a senior research scientist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC).

He also holds affiliate positions in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. He was educated in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science (dual BS, University of Michigan) Theoretical Mechanics (MS, Michigan State University), and Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D., Northwestern University). He worked for Ford Motor Company and as a cyclotron operator before turning his attention to academia and human movement. His general interests involve robotic teaching, balance and gait, arm control, haptics, modeling, human-machine interfaces, and neurorehabilitation following brain injury. He is Editor in Chief of the IEEE-Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB) conference, associate Editor of Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, a member of the Advisory Committee for the EMB society, and has chaired the technical committee on biomedical robotics. He is also the Director of the NIDRR National Center for Rehabilitation Robotics (MARS-RERC.org), which has fostered more than 16 major research projects and numerous initiatives that further the cause of using technology for restoring function.

Frank PochiroFrank Pochiro, Senior Engineer, BMW Manufacturing

Frank Pochiro is a Senior Engineer at BMW in the Process Planning Department responsible for Tooling, Fixtures, Equipment, and processes for BMWs built at the Spartanburg Facility in Upstate South Carolina. As part of a current initiatives to coordinate projects focusing on innovations for manufacturing and assembly, he collaborated with two wearable robotics suppliers to be the first in the world to use exoskeletons in the automotive manufacturing industry. BMW’s experience with exoskeletons has been highlighted in several major publications and German Television. Prior to BMW, Frank spent more than 20 years in the automotive industry. He has held multiple contract or direct engineering and management positions in quality, design, and manufacturing. He worked at Dimensional Control Systems, EDAG, Opel, DaimlerChrysler, and Robert Bosch Corporation.

Elliott J. Rouse, Ph.D., Director, Neurobionics Lab, Center for Bionic Medicine, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Dr. Rouse is the Director of theNeurobionics Labin 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 the Neurobionics Lab 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 Lab uses technical tools from mechanical and biomedical engineering applied to the complex challenges of human augmentation, physical medicine, rehabilitation and neuroscience. Dr. Rouse and his research have been featured at TED, on the Discovery Channel, CNN, National Public Radio, Wired Magazine UK, and Business Insider.

W. Zev Rymer, MD, Ph.D.,Director of the Sensory Motor Performance Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)

Dr. Zev Rymer, earned his medical degree from Melbourne University and his Ph.D. in Neurophysiology from Monash University, both in Australia. After postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins University Medical School, he became an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Physiology at the State University of New York, Syracuse. In 1978, he came to Chicago as an Assistant Professor of Physiology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, and he remained as a primary faculty member in Physiology until his appointment at the RIC. He currently serves as Director of the Sensory Motor Performance Program and is Director of Research Planning at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). In addition to his research roles at RIC, Dr. Rymer holds appointments as Professor of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Rymer is currently researching regulation of movement in normal and neurologically disordered human subjects including sources of altered motoneuronal behavior in hemispheric stroke survivors, using electro-physiological, pharmacological, and biomechanical techniques.

Dave SmithDave Smith, Ergonomics Factory Support, Boeing

Dave began his career at Boeing in 1984 as a Detail Drafter and used his education in cognitive psychology and mechanical drafting to design human/machine interfaces on military programs in the Human Factors organization. After a brief detour into the Technical Writing field for 777 Customer Engineering, he returned to Human Factors to work on flight deck layout and operator/maintainer mission equipment interfaces. He was then invited to join the Materials & Process Technology Ergonomics group in Everett. While in Everett he supported the Interiors and Electrical Systems Responsibility Centers, 787 Final Assembly & Delivery and the 767/777 production lines. His attention then turned to the cognitive aspects of human/software interface design, which eventually drew him to the Usability Experience Services group. He is currently in the Boeing Research & Technology group developing engineered ergonomic solutions for factory manufacturing processes. During his career as an ergonomist Dave has been awarded three patents and has received six meritorious invention awards. Dave holds an AAS in Drafting Technology and a Bachelors of Science (Psychology), Masters of Science (Technical Communications), and User Centered Design Certification from the University of Washington. He has also presented the 787 Ergonomics Process at the 2007 Applied Ergonomics Conference.

Dr. Jan Veneman, Project Manager and Senior Researcher, Rehabilitation Department, Health Division, TECNALIA Research & Innovation

Dr. Jan Veneman received a M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering, another M.Sc. in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society, and his Doctorate in Biomechatronics, all from the University of Twente, The Netherlands. Currently Dr. Veneman is project manager and senior researcher in the Medical Robotics Department in the Health Division of Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain. He is active in the fields of exoskeleton robotics, gait rehabilitation, gait assessment, haptic devices, exoskeletons and smart orthotic materials, and especially active in the topics benchmarking and standardization for wearable exoskeletons related to assistance and training of walking. Since 2002 he has been active in R&D related to Wearable Robots, when he started the development and evaluation of a robotic exoskeleton for interactive gait rehabilitation (LOPES) in the University of Twente. In this research and at the Roessingh’ Research and Development (NLD) centre he worked on using gait assessment techniques to evaluate exoskeletons and rehabilitation tools. He is Action Chair of the European COST Action CA16116 on Wearable Robots. He is also active in the working group, “Benchmarking of Bipedal Locomotion,” co-organizing workshops in this field. Currently he is coordinator and PI of the FP7 ICT research project “BALANCE” on postural balancing supportive control of leg exoskeletons, as well as Topic Group Leader Wearable Robotics in the context of euRobotics. He currently serves as Spanish international expert in the ISO/IEC supporting the working groups.

Shirley Ryan Ability LabLevi J. Hargrove, PhD, P.Eng, Associate Professor, Northwestern University

Levi received his MScE and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick (2005, 2008). He is currently the Associate Director of Center for Bionic Medicine at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. His research interests include signal processing, pattern recognition, and myoelectric control of powered prostheses. A major goal of his research is to develop clinically realizable myoelectric control systems that can be made available to persons with limb loss in the near future. In 2012, Dr. Hargrove co-founded Coapt, a company to commercialize control algorithms for prosthetics and orthotics. His research addresses all levels of amputation and has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine and multiple patents. Key projects include the development of advanced and adaptive control systems for prosthetic legs, improving control of robotic hand prostheses, and intramuscular EMG signal processing.

Koji Ohata1Koji-Ohata, Associate Professor, Kyoto University (Japan)

Dr. Ohata is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Human Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine Kyoto University. He earned his Ph.D. degrees in Medicine from Graduate School of Medicine Kyoto University, his M.S., from Osaka Kyoiku University Graduate School Health Sciences. He started to work in the Rehabilitation Center for Children with Physical Disabilities as a physical therapist. His main research interests include rehabilitation robotics and rehabilitation for children with cerebral palsy and adult after stroke. Currently, many hospitals have been utilizing some rehabilitation robotics to improve the gait function for individuals after stroke in Japan; “HONDA walking assist device” is one of the most popular ones. He investigated the effects of the HONDA walking assist device with HONDA R&D from a development phase.

Youngbo ShimYoungbo Shim, Research Director, Samsung Electronics

Dr. Youngbo Shim is currently working at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) as a technical leader in the Mechatronics Lab. He received a B.S degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1994, and M.S and Ph.D degrees in 1996 and 2002 respectively in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul National University. After completing Post Doc course in Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) researching on Public Service Robots (PSR), he joined SAIT in 2003 as a research staff. He designed robot control architecture for mobile robots and enabled the robots to move around in the office environment for 20 days without any human intervention. He then moved to Mechatronics and Manufacturing Research Center in Samsung Electronics. He dedicated himself to mechanism design for humanoid robots for five years, focusing on upper body and safe arm mechanism. Based on those experiences, he was in charge of manipulation technologies including dual-arm motion planning and grasping control and in parallel worked as a leader of multiple projects which had been launched to transfer robot technologies to other business departments. He returned to SAIT in 2011 and developed master device for single-port surgical robot. Now he has been playing his role in managing technology developments regarding walking assist device since 2013 and also titled as research master of mechatronics technology in 2014. He has 66 US patents in robotics, 31 of which have been registered. Now his research interests are mainly related to assistive robotics including human-compatible mechanism design and control, biomechanics and human motion simulation and application of deep learning to dealing with big data for human musculoskeletal healthcare.

generic-headshotMarvin Slepian, MD, Professor of Medicine – Cardiology, Associate Department Head – BioMedical

Engineering, University of Arizona Marvin Slepian is a Professor of Medicine, Professor and Associate Department Head of BioMedical Engineering and McGuire Scholar in the Eller College of Management, all at the University of Arizona. Dr. Slepian is the Director of the newly created Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI). In parallel with his clinical career Dr. Slepian has had an extensive research career leading to the development of innovative diagnostics and therapeutics for cardiovascular diseases. His work has focused on the development and use of novel biomaterials for tissue engineering, drug delivery and medical device development. His lab has developed many novel diagnostics and therapeutics which have found their way into clinical use today including: drug-eluting stent technologies, stent coatings, “polymer paving,” surgical anti-adhesive barriers, stretchable and biodegradable electronics, synthetic tissue sealants, myocardial revascularization and cell delivery methods and cardiovascular prosthetic devices – including the total artificial heart. He is the author or co-author of more than 250 articles, textbook
chapters and abstracts, published in journals such as Science, Nature Materials, PNAS, PlosOne, Circulation, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Cardiovascular Pathology. He also serves on several editorial review boards. He is a prolific inventor with more than 55 issued and filed patents and has been the founder of numerous medical device companies including FOCAL (NASDAQ), Endotex, Angiotrax, Hansen Medical (NASDAQ), Arsenal, 480 BioMedical, MC10 and SynCardia, and has been involved with bringing many new devices through the FDA regulatory process into clinical use, including most notably the total artificial heart. Dr. Slepian has received multiple awards for his academic and translational research activities.

Tim Swift_Resized (1)Tim Swift, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Other Labs

Dr. Swift holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley focusing on robotic controls. He is the Founder and CEO of Roam, a spin out of Otherlab, developing novel exoskeleton technologies that are centered around the use of high strength fabrics and plastics as opposed to the traditional metal and motors. This approach presents unique benefits in weight and cost compared to conventional design approaches. Before that, Dr. Swift was an early employee at Ekso Bionics and was one of the original 3-person team that invented Ekso, their lower extremity rigid exoskeleton for gait rehabilitation and paraplegic mobility. In this role he served as the original controls technical lead overseeing high level software development. This device has gone on to become the most commercially successful exoskeleton technology in the world today. He then managed the long term research group at Ekso Bionics where he oversaw a team of engineers seeking to address the fundamental challenges facing robotic exoskeletons across a range of areas including efficiency, speed, software and sensing. This work focused on developing long range technologies to open up new markets and supply the product roadmap with technical advancements for the coming years.