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.
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.
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After graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology, Eitan completed a Master’s degree in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. In particular, he has studied and published on how altered brain function impacts outputs needed for movement. Eitan has gained experience working with spinal cord injury patients in clinical settings. He has also worked in sport and martial art studios; as a life-long athlete, he understands the importance of mobility and is uniquely qualified to enhance your life with Keeogo™.
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.
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.”
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.
Fourier Intelligence is the team in combination of talented engineers and scientists in China. Fourier Intelligence has announced the China’s first upper limb rehab robot with haptic feedback as well as the lower limb exoskeleton robot. In 2015, Fourier Intelligence won the silver medal at the China Entrepreneurship Competition and then obtained the investments from many venture capitals, such as IDG. Jie graduated from Shanghai Jiao-Tong University. Prior to founding Fourier Intelligence, he was the regional manager of National Instruments.
Larry Jasinski has served as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the ReWalk board since February 2012. From 2005 until 2012, Mr. Jasinski served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Soteira, Inc., a company engaged in development and commercialization of products used to treat individuals with vertebral compression fractures, which was acquired by Globus Medical in 2012. Prior to that Mr. Jasinski was President and Chief Executive Officer of Cortek, Inc., a company that developed next-generation treatments for degenerative disc disease, which was acquired by Alphatec in 2005. Earlier in his career Mr. Jasinski served in multiple sales, research and development, and general management roles at Boston Scientific Corporation. He holds a B.Sc. in marketing from Providence College and an MBA from the University of Bridgeport.
Richard Little started the Rex project in 2003 and formed Rex Bionics in 2007. His role with the company is primarily design authority and subject matter expert. The inspiration for Rex was Richard’s best friend and colleague, Robert, who was diagnosis with MS. After having completed development of a humanoid robot six months earlier, Richard suggested building Robert a set of robotic legs and the project began from there. With a background in marine engineering and completing his masters in programme management, Richard has held a range of senior executive positions and directorships in a variety of sectors including engineering, automotive, military and medical. Richard was voted “Engineer of the Year” in 2012 by IPENZ, the Institute of Professional Engineers in New Zealand and REX has won multiple technology awards over the last 14 years.
Tom Looby is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Ekso Bionics, where he is responsible for overseeing the operations of the company’s medical and industrial divisions. He joined Ekso Bionics in April 2014 as the company’s chief marketing officer, a role in which he led the development and execution of the company’s global rehabilitation marketing strategy. Prior to joining Ekso Bionics, Tom served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Given Imaging, now part of Medtronic, where he was responsible for worldwide market development for PillCam® capsule endoscopy and other novel diagnostics technologies.
Keith Maxwell is a human augmentation product and campaign manager focused on bionics, exoskeleton, and physical augmentation capability and product development. He manages a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, technologists, and futurists to develop exoskeleton and wearable robotic systems for human enhancement in commercial and military market applications.
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.
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.
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.
Rita Vazquez-Torres currently serves as Founder and CEO of New Stone Soup VT LLC, a Woman Owned/Minority Owned Small Technology Consulting Firm in Hudson, MA. She has more than 25 years’ experience working with Military and Homeland Security wearable technologies. Rita also serves as the Director of US Business Operations for B-Temia USA, the US-based subsidiary of B-Temia Canada, specializing in Dermoskeletic systems for medical, military and commercial applications. In addition she provides business consulting services to other commercial and DoD clients. Prior experience includes 25 years with the US Army Natick Soldier RD&E Center, where she retired as the former Director of their National Protection Center, a Natick-NASA-DoJ and subsequently DHS dual-use technology program management enterprise.
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.
Jessica Batty works in soldier physical performance research for the US Army in Natick, Massachusetts. She holds a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MS degree in Sport Performance Biomechanics from the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. Her work at NSRDEC includes the evaluation and integration of soldier equipment, the investigation of load carriage effects, strategies, and load redistribution techniques, the application of obstacle courses in military performance and product assessment, and the evaluation of new product design and functionality within the context of soldier and squad performance. Her current research is focused on the assessment of exoskeletons and energy harvesting devices designed to improve soldier physical performance, endurance, and comfort during prolonged mission scenarios. Her experience prior to military biomechanics and physiology was in medical device R&D with Boston Scientific Corporation.
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 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.
Dr. Floersheim has over 25 years of experience successfully leading and managing organizations of increasing complexity and responsibility as an officer in the United States Army and a small business founder/executive. Dr. Floersheim successfully started and has grown a federal government services company from the original two founders to $210M contract awards and 45 employees in the third full year of operations, running the company as CEO. He is currently the COO of GoX Studio, a product development company focused on wearable and robotic technologies that enhance health, performance, and quality of life. He is also a co-founder and Director of Operations for the Wearable Robotics Association (WearRA). Dr. Floersheim obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from Old Dominion University, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and graduated from the United States Military Academy in West Point.
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.
Dr. Jayaraman is the Director of the Max Näder Center for Rehabilitation Technologies & Outcomes Research and a research scientist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago / Shirley Ryan Ability Lab. He is also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences, and Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. In addition, Dr. Jayaraman serves as the Director of Global Outreach for the Wearable Robotics Association (WearRA). His research interests focus on developing and executing both industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated research in rehab robotics, prosthetics, orthotics, and other assistive and adaptive technologies to treat physical disability. He specifically focuses on using quantitative outcome measures (example wearable sensors, smart phones, biomarkers etc.) to improve the real-world use of rehabilitation technology. Dr. Jayaraman’s work is currently funded by NIH, DOD, NIDILRR, NSF, Industry, and private foundations. He earned his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL and his M.S. in Physical Therapy from Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Hongki Jo is currently an assistant professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and B.S. and M.S. from KAIST, Korea. He was a structural engineer who designs new buildings and bridges. Now his career focus is on monitoring and management of existing structural systems. His research interests include developing smart technologies for innovating the ways civil structural systems are monitored, protected, and rehabilitated. He has been developing wireless smart sensor networks, smartphone-based vision sensing systems, bio-inspired cloud sensing technologies, hybrid sensing strategies, structural risk assessment methods, and so on. One of his smart sensor network deployments on a cable-stayed bridge in Korea constitutes the world’s largest wireless sensor network for civil infrastructure monitoring to date. His works are inherently multi-disciplinary, involving a broad array of structural engineering, structural dynamics, electrical engineering, computer vision, system identification, machine learning, and signal processing.
Derek G. Kamper received a B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Dartmouth College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering from The Ohio State University. He subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University/ Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). He became a Research Scientist at RIC and eventually an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is currently an Associate Professor in the UNC / NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include neurorehabilitation, mechatronics, and hand neuromechanics. His laboratory is especially focused on improving hand function after neurological injury such as that resulting from stroke.
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).
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.
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.
Kurt Mudie is a postdoctoral research fellow in Biomechanics within the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) at Victoria University, Australia. He is part of the Program in Assistive Technology Innovation (PATI) that was formed as a joint collaboration between Victoria University, Defence Science Technology (DST) Group and The University of Melbourne. PATI is a research and innovation program aimed at improving dismounted combatants’ load-carrying capabilities through the use of assistive technologies. As a researcher for PATI, Kurt provides research excellence in biomechanics with a focus on assistive technologies for enhancing the physical and physiological performance of dismounted combatants. Kurt has extensive experience in human subjects research and expertise specific to combat activities. He completed a Ph.D. in Health Science (Biomechanics), Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport and Exercise Science) at Western Sydney University, Australia.
Ms. O’Donovan is a biomechanics research engineer with the Center of Military Biomechanics at the Natick Soldier Research, Engineering, and Design Center (NSRDEC) in Natick, MA. Ms. O’Donovan also serves as an associate researcher and Principal Investigator responsible for conceiving, planning, developing, and conducting basic and applied research programs in areas including soldier load carriage, gait mechanics, military performance, Soldier equipment compatibility, and military exoskeleton design and testing. Since her arrival at Natick in 2010, Ms. O’Donovan has led and contributed to several key efforts and programs within the biomechanics research portfolio. Most recently, Ms. O’Donovan conducted a research evaluation of a novel kinetic energy harvester developed by Lightning Packs LLC to determine the effects of the device on Soldier gait, agility, performance, and power production. She received her master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester. She is an active member in both the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB).
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.
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.
Sean began his journey molding carbon fiber braces with a hair dryer in his apartment at RIT, and has devoted every moment since to the science of ergonomics, and building a series of products, ErgoSkeletons, to address on-site issues and mitigate the risk of musculoskeletal injury. Working with scientists, engineers, ergonomists and software developers, it continues with laser focus on more accurate data collection and real-time safety intervention. Saving workers the pain, and organizations the financial impact, of imperfect industrial environments. Sean was selected as an honoree for the Forbes 30 under 30 in 2017.
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.
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.
Urs Schneider is a physician, specializing in his research on human machine interaction, coming mainly from prosthetics and orthotics and looking more and more into work safety and ergonomics aspects. “Stuttgart Exo Jacket” is a wearable robotics approach with the intent of musculo-skeletal load reduction in occupational health. He is head of the interdisciplinary biomechatronics research team at Fraunhofer IPA and at Department “Human machine interaction” at Uni Stuttgart.
Max Shepherd received his B.S. from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. He is in the Neurobionics Lab within the Center for Bionic Medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and his research advisors are Elliott Rouse and Todd Kuiken. From 2012 to 2014, he interned at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Walt Disney Imagineering, and the Robotics and Mechanisms Lab at Virginia Tech. Mr. Shepherd’s research interests include gait biomechanics, stroke rehabilitation, and the design and control of prosthetics and exoskeletons.
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.
Dr. Mohammad Sharif Shourijeh is a R&D Engineer with AnyBody Technology in Denmark. His interest is in efficient neuromusculoskeletal modeling and simulation with applications to exoskeletons. He earned a BASc in Mechanical Engineering and his MASc in Biomechanical Engineering. In 2009, he joined the Motion Research Group at the University of Waterloo to pursue a Ph.D. in Systems Design Engineering, where he did research on optimal control and multibody dynamic modeling of human musculoskeletal systems. He finished his Ph.D. in 2013 and received a postdoctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa where he researched on neuromuscular strategies at the knee joint of healthy, osteoarthritic and ACL injured populations using musculoskeletal simulations and muscle synergy analysis.
Marvin Slepian is a Professor of Medicine, Materials Sciences and Engineering, and BioMedical Engineering (Associate Dept. Head) and McGuire Scholar in the Eller College of Management, all at the University of Arizona. Dr. Slepian is Director of the 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. 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. He also serves on multiple editorial review boards. He is a prolific inventor with more than 100 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. He has received multiple awards for his academic and translational research activities.
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. Thomas Sugar works in the areas of wearable robotics for rehabilitation and gait assistance. In industry, he worked as a project engineer for W. L. Gore and Associates earning a Professional Engineering License. He is a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Engineering at Arizona State University. He majored in business and mechanical engineering for his Bachelor’s degrees and mechanical engineering for his Doctoral degree, all from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sugar leads a research effort in wearable robotic systems. He is developing robotic orthoses and prostheses for rehabilitation and enhanced mobility. His current research projects include SPARKy, Spring Ankle with Regenerative Kinetics, a powered prosthetic ankle, PAFO, a powered ankle foot orthosis, and wearable exoskeletons for enhanced gait performance. Dr. Sugar also co-founded two companies: SpringActive, Inc. and the Wearable Robotics Association (WearRA).
Heike Vallery received her Dipl.-Ing. degree in Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University in 2004 and her Dr.-Ing. in robotics from the Technische Universität München in 2009. Her focus is on using technology to help humans walk, for example in the form of gait training robots, active leg prostheses, and wearable balance assistance devices. Her group also works on compliant actuation principles for these applications. Currently, she holds an associate professorship at Delft University of Technology. She conducts almost all of her projects in tight collaboration with clinical partners. Heike has published more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, holds five patents, and received diverse fellowships and awards, such as the 1st prize of the 2014 euRobotics Technology Transfer Award, and a Vidi fellowship in 2016 from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.