1. Prof. Christine Gustafsson, Mälardalen University College (pic)
- Short bio: After more than 10 years as a practicing RN, I started my academic career at Mälardalen University in 2000. In spring 2004, I was accepted as a PhD student at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. In November 2009, I was awarded my PhD in gerontology nursing. November 2016 I was promoted to associate professor in Caring Science. I am together with professor emerita Lars Asplund creator of the interactive robot cat, JustoCat©, justocat.com. My research interests are: older people’s health and social welfare; health and welfare technology for prolonged independent living; everyday life for adults with intellectual disabilities Prof. Gustafsson supervise three PhD students at Mälardalen university, Charlotta Åkerlind (E-home care), Lena Talman (participation and adults with profound intellectual disability) and Katarina Baudin (HV3D project. Assistive technology and welfare technology in 3 dimensions – economy). Prof. Gustafsson supervise is project leader for the HV3D project and the Swedish part of the Interreg. Centralbaltic EU project NURED and R&D coordinator at the Social Contract, Mälardalen Competence Center of Health and Social Welfare, all located at Mälardalen university.
2. Prof. Miki Saijo, Tokyo Institute of Technology (pic)
- Short bio:
Primary Expertise: Applied Linguistics and Social Interaction
Topical Expertise: Communication design with a focus on project management, Knowledge creation in multidisciplinary and inter-agency cooperation, Usability evaluation of AT devices in interaction between users and health care specialists.
- 1999-2001 Visiting Lecturer, Center for Japanese Language, Waseda University
- 2001-2005 Associate Professor, International Student Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology
- 2005-2015 Professor, International Student Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology
- 2010-present Professor, Graduate School of Innovation Management, Tokyo Institute of Technology
3. Prof. Jorge Solis, Karlstad University (pic)
- Short bio: Prof. Jorge Solis is an Associate Professor of the Department of Engineering and Physics, Karlstad University (Sweden) and adjunct researcher of the Research Institute for Science and Engineering, Waseda University (Japan). He received his B.S. degree in Electronics Systems from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico) in 1998 and the Ph.D. degree in robotics from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy) in 2004. He is author/co-author over 210 papers and he has edited 3 books. His research interests are: intelligent machines and automation, medical and assistive robots, humanoid robots and educational robots.
4. Prof Etienne Burdet, Imperial College London (pic)
- Short bio: Dr. Etienne Burdet is Professor of Human Robotics in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. He is also visiting Professor at Nanyang Technical University and UCL. He has obtained MSc in Mathematics (1990), MSc in Physics (1991), and PhD in Robotics (1996), all from ETH-Zurich. He was a postdoctoral fellow with TE Milner from McGill University, Canada, JE Colgate from Northwestern University, USA and Mitsuo Kawato of ATR in Japan. Professor Burdet conducts research at the interface of robotics and bioengineering, and his main interest is in human machine interaction.
5. Prof. Yukio Takeda, Tokyo Institute of Technology (pic)
- Short bio: Prof. Yukio Takeda is Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Department of Mechanical Science as well as director of the Super Mechano System Innovation & Development Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan. He is member of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science, Robotics Society of Japan, Japan Society for Precision Engineering and Japan Society for Design Engineering. His research interests cover aspects in the development of parallel mechanisms having high accuracy and large work-space, and mechanism, mechanical elements and control algorithms for welfare apparatus. He is author or co-author of more than two hundred papers, which have been presented at Conferences or published in national and international.
6. Prof. Shaoping Bai, Aalborg University (pic)
- Short bio: Dr. Shaoping Bai received PhD degree in Robotics, Nanyang Tech. Univ. (NTU), Singapore, 2001. He is currently an Associate Professor at Dept. of Mechanical and Manufacturing Eng., Aalborg University, Denmark. His research areas include mechanism theory and novel mechanisms, medical and assistive robots, parallel manipulators, with special interest in kinematics, dynamics, linkage and manipulator analysis and synthesis, human-robot interaction modelling and control. Dr. Bai leads and participates in a number of national and international projects in assistive robots and exoskeletons. He is the coordinator of EU project AXO-SUIT (www.axo-suit.eu) on assistive exoskeletons and the project leader of Danish Grand Solutions project EXO-AIDER (www.exo-aider.dk) . He has served as editor of a number of books, conference proceedings and editorial board of several journals, including ASME J. Mechanisms and Robotics, among others.
7. Prof. Antonio Frisoli, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (pic)
- Short bio: Antonio Frisoli (Eng., PhD) is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, where he is the head of the Human-Robot Interaction area at PERCRO laboratory. He received his PhD (2002) with honors in Industrial and Information Engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy and the MSc (1998) in Mechanical Engineering, minor Robotics, from University of Pisa-Italy and in Industrial Engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (1998). He has beenthe former chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics (2012-2014, awarded as the most active technical committee from IEEE RAS). In 2016 he reiceved the National Scientific Habilitation as full professor. Antonio Frisoli’s research interests are in the field on design and control of wearable haptics and robots cooperating with humans, upper and lower limb exoskeletons for rehabilitation robotics and human motor control, virtual reality, advanced human computer interfaces for training, Brain Computer Interfaces. Currently he is studying new designs for exoskeletons systems, portable fingertip haptics and new brain-robot interfaces. He is author of more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed international conferences and scientific journals.
8. Prof Lorenzo Masia, Nanyang Technological University (pic)
- Short bio: Lorenzo Masia graduated in Mechanical Engineering from “Sapienza” University of Rome in 2003, and in 2007 he accomplished his PhD at the University of Padua He was visiting student at the Mechanical Engineering Dept. of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (from Jan- 2005 to Dec 2006) working at the Newman Lab for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation. He was a Team-Leader at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) leading the Motor Learning and Rehabilitation Laboratory of the Robotics Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department. Dr Masia received the Best Paper and Best Student Paper Awards in IEEE Int Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR) 2011 and 2015 respectively, the Best Student paper Awards in IEEE International Conference on Biorobotics and Biomecatronics (BIOROB) in 2016. He is currently (since August 2013) an Assistant Professor at the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore
9. Prof Herman van der Kooij, Twente University (pic)
- Short bio: Prof. Dr. ir. Herman van der Kooij, (1970) received his Phd with honors (cum laude) in 2000 and is professor in Biomechatronics and Rehabilitation Technology at the Department of Biomechanical Engineering at the University of Twente (0.8 fte), and Delft University of Technology (0.2fte), the Netherlands. His expertise and interests are in the field of human motor control, adaptation, and learning, rehabilitation robots, diagnostic, and assistive robotics, virtual reality, rehabilitation medicine, and neuro computational modeling. He has published over 150 publications in the area of biomechatronics and human motor control. He has directed approximately € 15 million in research, from which he gained expertise in the management of (inter)national medium-scale projects. He was awarded the prestigious Dutch VIDI and VICI grants in 2001 and 2015 respectively. He is associate editor of IEEE TBME and IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, member of IEEE EMBS technical committee of Biorobotics, and was member of several scientific program committees in the field of rehabilitation robotics, bio robotics, and assistive devices. He is co-group leader of the technology development for new rehabilitation robotics workgroup of the Cost Action European Network on Robotics for NeuroRehabilitation. He is member of the program committee of the Dutch IMDI core on Neurocontrol, and of the NeuroSipe program. He is the coordinator of the FP7 project Symbitron.
10. Prof. Eiichiro Tanaka, Waseda University (pic)
- Short bio:
-2003 Graduated Doctor Course Graduate School, Division of Integrated Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
- 1997-2003 Hitachi ltd., Mechanical Engineering Research Laboratory, Researcher
- 2007-2014 Shibaura Institute of Technology, Lecturer, Associate Professor
- 2014-2016 Saitama University, Associate Professor
- 2016- Waseda University, Professor
[Field of Specialization]
- Human Assistance Robotics, Mechanisms, Machine Elements
11. Prof. Shuichi Fukuda , Keio University (pic)
- Short bio: After receiving Dr. Eng from the University of Tokyo, Prof. Dr. Shuichi Fukuda worked at the University of Tokyo, Osaka University and Tokyo Metropolitan University as associate professor, professor, dean of engineering, dean of library and information systems and director of center for university-industry-government collaboration. He worked as visiting professor at West Virginia, Stanford and Osaka University After his retirement from Tokyo Metropolitan University, he has been consulting professor at Stanford, visiting professor at Cranfield and the Open University of Japan. He recently was appointed to Advisor to System Design and Management Institute, Keio University. He was President of ISPE, Vice President of Reliability Society, IEEE, CIE Division Chair, ASME. He is Member-at-Large, Systems and Design Group Operating Board, ASME and Leader, Project on Strategic Expansion of Engineering, Engineering Academy of Japan. He is Honorary Member of JSME, Fellow of ASME, Fellow of IEICE (Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers), Fellow of ISPE and Member of Engineering Academy of Japan. His research interests are design engineering, emotional engineering, collaboration engineering and engineering management.
12. Prof . Kazuyuki Kojima, Saitama University (pic)
- Short bio: Dr. Kazuyuki Kojima received the B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Saitama University, Japan in 1993, the M.A. degree from Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saitama University, Japan in 1995. He received the PhD in Engineering from Okayama University, Japan, in 2016. His professional work experiences include Control Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Zexel Corporation Research and Development Center, Japan (1995-2002). Currently, he is working to develop Welfare and medical assistance technologies as an Assistant professor at Saitama University. He is member of IEEE RA Society.
13. Prof. Kyoungchul (KC) Kong, Sogang University (pic)
2004 – B.S., Sogang University
2006 – M.S., Sogang University
2009 – Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
2011~2015 – Assistance Professor, Sogang University
2016~ - Associate Professor, Sogang University
2017~ - CEO of SG Robotics, Co., Ltd.
14. Prof. Nicola Vitiello, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (pic)
Short bio: Nicola Vitiello received the MSc degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2006, and from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Pisa, Italy, in 2007. He also received the PhD degree in Biorobotics from SSSA, in 2010. He is currently Associate Professor with The BioRobotics Institute, SSSA where he leads the Wearable Robotics Laboratory. He is the author or co-author of more than 45 ISI/Scopus papers, more than 30 peer-review conference proceedings papers and 10 patent applications. He has served as the Scientific Secretary of the EU FP7 CA-RoboCom project, and he was the scientific project coordinator of the EU FP7 CYBERLEGs project, the EARLYREHAB project funded by Regione Toscana, and the IUVO research project funded by a local bank Foundation, namely “Fondazione Pisa”, and Partner of the H2020-ICT-AIDE project. His interests include the development, experimental validation and maturation of novel wearable robotic devices for human motion assistance and rehabilitation. He is a co-founder of the spin-off company IUVO S.r.l.
15. Prof. Jose Luis Pons, Spanish National Research Council (pic)
- Short bio: José L. Pons has a background in Mechanical Engineering (Universidad de Navarra, 1992), a MSc in Information Technologies (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 1994) and a PhD in Physics (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1996), in the field of dynamic optimization of robot mechanisms, around concepts related to quasi-statically balancing mechanical mechanisms against gravity and quasi-exact linearization of the equations of motion of robots for simplified control. In 1998 he was appointed as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Industrial Automation (IAI) of the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC), where where he applied previous research in the field of Robotics for Rehabilitation, in particular in upper limb prosthetics. In 1999, Dr. Pons was awarded a position as Tenured Scientist at IAI, in 2007 a position as Research Scientist at the Centre for Robotics and Automation (CAR) and in 2008 a position as Full Professor at CAR. In July 2014, he was appointed Full Professor at Cajal Institute, where he led the Department of Translational Neuroscience. The study, development and use of technology in rehabilitation of neurological conditions have been the main driving force and interests in his research.