Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura
Title of the talk: Human Biorobotics: from Motion Analysis to Motion Training
Yoshihiko Nakamura is Professor at Department of Mechano-Informatics, University of Tokyo. He received Doctor of Engineering Degree from Kyoto University. He worked at Kyoto University as Assistant Professor (1982-1987) and at University of California, Santa Barbara, as Assistant and Associate Professor (1987-1991) before joining University of Tokyo. Humanoid robotics, cognitive robotics, neuro musculoskeletal human modeling, biomedical systems, and their computational algorithms are his current fields of research. He is Fellow of JSME, Fellow of RSJ, Fellow of IEEE, and Fellow of WAAS. Dr. Nakamura served as President of IFToMM (2012-2015). Dr. Nakamura is Foreign Member of Academy of Engineering Science of Serbia, and TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professor of Technische Universität München.
Prof. Tamar Flash
Title of the talk: Controlling Human Motor Behavior
Tamar Flash is a professor of computer science and applied mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. In her research, she focuses on computational neuroscience, specifically on the control of movement by the brain. Experimental data drawn from precise observation of human subjects have enabled Flash to develop mathematical models characterizing the way in which the human brain plans and controls movements of the hand and arm, locomotion, and other full body movements. Flash also seeks new insights into the pathophysiological processes and mechanisms underlying various movement disorders. Her research further focuses on the development of biologically inspired robotic systems. Flash earned her BSc and MSc degrees in physics from Tel Aviv University and her PhD in medical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She carried out her postdoctoral training at MIT. She established a research group at the Weizmann Institute, where she has also served as head of the board of studies and of the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. Flash was a visiting professor at MIT, the Collège de France, UC Berkeley and a fellow of the Radcliffe school of advanced studies, Harvard University.
Prof. Antonio Bicchi
Title of the talk: From Robotics to Prosthetics and Assistance with Upper Limb Prostheses
Antonio Bicchi is Professor of Robotics at the University of Pisa, and Senior Scientist at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa. He graduated from the University of Bologna in 1988 and was a postdoc scholar at M.I.T. Artificial Intelligence lab in 1988–1990. He teaches Control Systems and Robotics in the Department of Information Engineering (DII) of the University of Pisa. He leads the Robotics Group at the Research Center "E. Piaggio'' of the University of Pisa since 1990, where he was Director from 2003 to 2012. He is the Head of the SoftRobotics Lab for Human Cooperation and Rehabilitation at IIT in Genoa. Since 2013 he serves as Adjunct Professor at the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering of Arizona State University. His main research interests are in Robotics, Haptics, and Control Systems in general. He has published more than 400 papers on international journals, books, and refereed conferences. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, which he started in 2015. He has organized and chaired the first WorldHaptics Conference (2005). He is Editor of the book series ``Springer Briefs on Control, Automation and Robotics,'' and has served in the Int.l J. Robotics Research, the IEEE Trans. on Robotics and Automation, IEEE Trans. Automation Science and Engineering, and IEEE RAS Magazine. He was Program Chair of the IEEE Int.. Conf. Robotics and Automation (ICRA'15), and General Chair of the Int. Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR' 2015) and Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (HSCC 2007). He was Editor in Chief of the Conference Editorial Board for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), Vice President for Publications (2013-2014), for Membership (2006-2007), and as Distinguished Lecturer (2004-2006) of IEEE RAS. He served as the President of the Italian Association or Researchers in Automatic Control (2012-2013). He is the recipient of several awards and honors. In 2012, he was awarded with an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council for his research on human and robot hands. Antonio Bicchi is a Fellow of IEEE since 2005.
Prof. Darwin G Caldwell
Title of the talk: Actuator Technologies for Assistive Applications
Darwin G Caldwell is Deputy Director of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), and Director of the Dept. of Advanced Robotics at IIT. He is or has been an Honorary Professor at the Universities of Manchester, Sheffield, Bangor, Kings College London and Tianjin University, China. His research interests include; innovative actuators, force augmentation exoskeletons, medical, rehabilitation and assistive robotic technologies, dexterous manipulators, haptics, humanoid and quadrupedal robotics (iCub, cCub, COMAN, WalkMan, HyQ, HyQ2Max, Centauro). He is the author or co-author of over 400 academic papers, and 19 patents and has received Best Paper Awards and nominations from many international journals and conferences (ICRA, IROS, Humanoids, CASE, Robio, WorldHaptics, ICAR, etc). He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Prof. Robert Riener
Title of the talk: How to Derive a Soft Exosuit from Human Gait Biomechanics
Robert Riener studied Mechanical Engineering at TU München, Germany, and University of Maryland, USA. He received a Dr.-Ing. degree in Engineering from the TU München in 1997. After postdoctoral work from 1998-1999 at the Centro di Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano, he returned to TU München, where he completed his Habilitation in the field of Biomechatronics in 2003. In 2003 he became assistant professor at ETH Zurich and Spinal Cord Injury Center of the University Hospital Balgrist (“double-professorship”); since 2010 he has been full professor for Sensory-Motor Systems, ETH Zurich. Since 2012, Riener is member of the Department of Health Sciences and Technology, which he is chairing as head since 2016. Riener has published more than 400 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles, 20 books and book chapters and filed 20 patents. He has received 18 personal distinctions and awards including the Swiss Technology Award in 2006, the IEEE TNSRE Best Paper Award 2010, and the euRobotics Technology Transfer Awards 2011 and 2012. Riener’s research focuses on the investigation of the sensory-motor interactions between humans and machines. This includes the development of user-cooperative robotic devices and virtual reality technologies applied to neurorehabilitation. Riener is the initiator and organizer of the Cybathlon 2016.
Prof. Martin Giese
Title of the talk: Predictive primitive-based human control of coordinated full-body movements and its transfer to a humanoid robot
Martin A. Giese (PhD in Electrical Engineering, BA in Psychology), after a postdoc at CBCL (M.I.T.) headed the HONDA Boston Research Laboratory in 2000/2001. He founded the Laboratory for Action Representation and Learning (Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, Tübingen, Germany) in 2001, and was Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychology, University of Bangor, UK. Since 2008 he is professor for Computational Sensomotorics at the Werner Reichardt Center for Integrative Neuroscience and the Hertie Institute at the University of Tuebingen. Germany. His research addresses neural mechanisms and learning in action recognition and control and biomedical applications in neurological patients.
Prof. Kyujin Cho
Title of the talk: Design of Tendon Driven Soft Wearable Robots
Kyujin Cho received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul National University in 2002, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2007. He was an post doctoral researcher at MIT from Feb 2007 to May 2007, at Harvard Microbotics Lab from June 2007 to July 2008. Since September 2008 he has been an assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Seoul National University. His research interests are in biologically inspired robotics, micro machining, and smart actuator.