Keynote Speakers


Prof Silvestro Micera

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Silvestro Micera is currently Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland) where he is holding the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Translational NeuroEngineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA, Pisa,Italy). He received the University degree (Laurea) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pisa, in 1996, and the Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in 2000. From 2000 to 2009, he has been an Assistant Professor of BioRobotics at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna where he is now Professor and the Head of the Translational Neural Engineering Area. In 2007 he was a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA with a Fulbright Scholarship. From 2008 to 2011 he was the Head of the Neuroprosthesis group at the Institute for Automation, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, CH. In 2009 he was the recipient of the “Early Career Achievement Award” of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

Dr. Micera’s research interests include the development of neuroprostheses based on the use of implantable neural interfaces with the central and peripheral nervous systems to restore sensory and motor function in people with disability In particular, he is currently involved in translational experiments for hand prosthesis control in amputees, and the restoration of vestibular function, grasping and locomotion in different neurological disorders.

He is author of more than 100 ISI scientific peer-reviewed papers and several international patents. He is currently Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. He is also member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, Journal of Neural Engineering, and of the IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine.


Prof Corry van der Sluis

Professor and consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University Medical Center, Groningen

Corry K. van der Sluis (1964) is a professor and consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. Her field of interest is the rehabilitation of persons with upper limb disorders. Her professional activities comprise patient care, teaching and research. Her research focuses on upper limb amputations and prostheses. A main research topic is the development of training programs for people who use upper limb prostheses. Innovative technology such as serious games are integrated in this research. A second main research topic is the decrease and prevention of musculoskeletal complaints in persons with upper limb disorders. She is author of over 90 internationally peer reviewed publications and she contributed as an author to 5 book chapters. She gave over 50 international presentations.


Prof Aaron Dollar

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Yale University

Aaron M. Dollar is a tenured Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Yale University. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Sciences at Harvard, and conducted two years of Postdoctoral research at the MIT Media Lab. Professor Dollar’s research topics include human and robotic grasping and dexterous manipulation, mechanisms and machine design, and assistive and rehabilitation devices including upper-limb prosthetics and lower-limb orthoses. He is the recipient of the 2014 NASAEarly Career Faculty Award, 2013 DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2011 AFOSR Young Investigator Award, the 2010 Technology Review TR35 Young Innovator Award, and the 2010 NSF CAREER Award.

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