Aude Billlard (EPFL, CH)

BillardAude Billard is full professor at the School of Engineering at the EPFL. She holds a M.Sc. in Physics from EPFL (1995) and a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence (1998) from the University of Edinburgh.
Her research spans the fields of machine learning and robotics with a particular emphasis on learning from sparse data and performing fast and robust retrieval. Her work finds application to robotics, human-robot / human-computer interaction and computational neuroscience.

Gordon Cheng (TU Munich, DE)

ChengGordon Cheng holds the Chair of Cognitive Systems at Technical University of Munich (TUM). He is Founder and Director of the Institute for Cognitive Systems in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at TUM. He is also the coordinator of the CoC for Neuro-Engineering – Center of Competence Neuro-Engineering within the department and program director of the ENB Elite Master of Science program in Neuroengineering. He is also involved in a number of major European Union Projects.
Over the past years Gordon Cheng has been the co-inventor of approximately 20 patents and is the author of approximately 300 technical publications, proceedings, editorials and book chapters.

Matei Ciocarlie (Columbia University, USA)

CiocarlieMatei Ciocarlie is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University. His current work focuses on robot motor control, mechanism and sensor design, planning and learning, all aiming to demonstrate complex motor skills such as dexterous manipulation. Matei completed his Ph.D. at Columbia University in New York; before joining the faculty at Columbia, he was a Research Scientist and then Group Manager at Willow Garage, Inc., a privately funded Silicon Valley robotics research lab, and then a Senior Research Scientist at Google, Inc. In recognition of his work, Matei has been awarded the Early Career Award by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, a Young Investigator Award by the Office of Naval Research, a CAREER Award by the National Science Foundation, and a Sloan Research Fellowship by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Strahinja Došen (Ålborg University, DK)

Department of Health Science and Technology

Dr. Strahinja Dosen received the Diploma of Engineering in electrical engineering and the M.Sc. degree in biomedical engineering in 2000 and 2004, respectively, from the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. In 2009, he obtained the Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from Aalborg University, Denmark, where he was employed as a Research Assistant Professor until 2011. Between 2011 and 2017, Dr. Dosen has been working as a Research Scientist at the Institute of Neurorehabilitation Systems, University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany. Presently, he is an Associate Professor in Assistive Robotics at the Department of Health Science and Technology, Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction, Aalborg University, Denmark. His research interests include methods and technologies for rehabilitation engineering (functional electrical stimulation, exoskeletons, prosthetics) with special emphasis on closed-loop human-machine interfacing, where advanced control is combined with artificial sensory feedback to the user. He is a principal investigator of the project ROBIN funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark, aiming at developing a robust bidirectional human-machine interface for natural control and feedback in hand prostheses.

Herta Flor (ZI Mannheim, DE)

Flor.jpgAfter receiving her doctorate in psychology at the University of Tübingen, Germany, Herta Flor has worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University and as a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1995, she became Full Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. Since 2000, she is scientific director of the Department of Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health Mannheim and Full Professor of Neuropschology and Clinical Psychology and at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg. Her research focuses on the role of neuronal plasticity, learning and memory in chronic pain, anxiety and mood disorders, substance abuse and neuropsychological rehabilitation. She has received several research awards and is the author of more than 400 scholarly papers. She is member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and Academia Europaea and holds an honorary doctorate of the Free University Amsterdam.

Risto Kõiva (Bielefeld University, DE)

KoivaRisto Kõiva received his doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) in Computer Science from Bielefeld University (Germany) in 2014, working on the development of novel tactile sensors. His fields of research include on top of tactile sensing, mechatronics of intelligent interactive systems and assistive technologies.




Francesco Nori (Deepmind, UK and IIT, IT)

NoriFrancesco was born in Padova in 1976. He received his D.Eng. degree (highest honors) from the University of Padova (Italy) in 2002. In 2007 Francesco Nori has moved to the Italian Institute of technology where in 2015 he was appointed Tenure Track Researcher of the Dynamic and Interaction Control research line. With Giorgio Metta and Lorenzo Natale he is one of the key researchers involved in the iCub development, with specific focus on control and whole-body force regulation exploiting tactile information. In 2017 Francesco joined Deepmind where he is collaborating with Martin Riedmiller, Jonas Buchli and Dan Belov. His current interestes seamlessly span robotics and reinforcment learning, with applications in both manipulation and locomotion.

Allison Okamura (Stanford University, USA)

OkamuraAllison M. Okamura received the BS degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994, and the MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University in 1996 and 2000, respectively, all in mechanical engineering. She is currently Professor in the mechanical engineering department at Stanford University, with a courtesy appointment in computer science. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the journal IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. Her awards include the 2016 Duca Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, 2009 IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics Early Career Award, 2005 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Academic Career Award, and 2004 NSF CAREER Award. She is an IEEE Fellow. Her academic interests include haptics, teleoperation, virtual environments and simulators, medical robotics, neuromechanics and rehabilitation, prosthetics, and engineering education. Outside academia, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, running, and playing ice hockey. For more information, please see http://charm.stanford.edu/.

Domenico Prattichizzo (University of Siena, IT)

PrattichizzoDomenico is Professor of Robotics at the University of Siena, Senior Scientist at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genova, Fellow of the IEEE society, and Co-founder of the startup WEART, a startup for VR and AR applications. Human and robotic hands together with the art of manipulating real and virtual objects have always polarized his research that has recently focused on wearable haptics, VR/AR and wearable robotics. He founded the SIRSLab where he has been leading an extraordinary and enthusiastic research team for years. From 2013 to 2017 he has been the overall coordinator of the strategic project “ WEARHAP: wearable haptics for humans and robots ” founded by the European Community with applications on virtual and augmented realities and to collaborative robotics. In 2010 he co-ordinated the project on “REMOTOUCH: remote touch” tactile communication, selected for the presentation at Expo Shangai 2010 under the initiative of “Italia degli Innovatori” promoted by the Ministry of Innovation. Awarded in 2014 with the MathWorks Education Award. In 2017, in Phoenix, his project “the Robotics Sixth Finger” was selected among the best innovative projects at the Wearable Robotics Association Conference, wearRAcon. He has held many plenary talks on robotics, including the most recent at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (2016) and the International Conference on Asia Haptics (2017) where he won the award for his research activities in virtual reality. He has been selected among the best two Cross-Cutting Challenges Initiatives at the IEEE Haptic Symposium 2018 in San Francisco (http://2018.hapticssymposium.org/crosscuttingchallenges) with the theme “The path to intelligent clothes and objects able to change the way we communicate with the world”. Author of more than 250 scientific articles in the field of robotics and virtual reality.

Giulio Rognini (EPFL, CH)

RogniniDr. Giulio Rognini is a Senior Scientist at the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, headed by Prof. Blanke, at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He received the MS degree on Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pisa in 2009 and the PhD in robotics in 2014 from EPFL, where he worked between the Robotic System Laboratory and the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience. His scientific work lies at the intersection between robotics and the neuroscience of body perception. He has also collaborated with Mindmaze SA for the last 4 years on the design of robotic interfaces for motor rehabilitation. He holds 3 patent applications and 1 granted patent on the design of new robotic interfaces to engineer experience and restore motor functions. Together with Prof. Blanke, he is pioneering a new field at the intersection between robotics and cognitive science – cognetics – that aims to apply robotic technology to the study, restoration and enhancement of cognitive and conscious functions of the human mind.

Benjamin Tee (National University of Singapore)

TeeDr. Benjamin C.K. Tee is President’s Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering Department at the National University of Singapore. He obtained his PhD at Stanford University and was selected as a Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Global Innovation Fellow 2014 where he applied a needs-driven approach to innovation in healthcare technologies.  He has developed and patented multiple award-winning materials and sensing technologies in electronic sensor skins. He is named one of the prestigious MIT TR35 Innovator (Global) in 2015, and is one of the 2017 National Research Foundation (NRF) Fellow. He currently leads a multi-disciplinary team to develop new materials and sensor devices technology. His current research interests are in the intersection of materials science, mechanics, electronics and biology, with a focus on sensitive electronic skins that has tremendous potential to advance global healthcare technologies in an increasingly Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics future.