Robotic Assistive Steppers for Locomotor Training: Trotting Back to the Starting Gate
Prof Hermano Igo Krebs
Principal Research Scientist & Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland, School of Medicine
Visiting Professor, Fujita Health University, School of Medicine
Visiting Professor, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University
Dr. Hermano Igo Krebs joined MIT’s Mechanical Engineering Department in 1997 where he is a Principal Research Scientist and Lecturer – Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation. He also holds an affiliate position as an Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, and as a Visiting Professor at Fujita Health University, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and at University of Newcastle, Institute of Neuroscience. He is one of the founders and member of the Board of Directors of Interactive Motion Technologies, a Massachusetts-based company commercializing robot technology for rehabilitation. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Dr. Krebs was nominated by two of IEEE societies: IEEE-EMBS (Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society) and IEEE-RAS (Robotics and Automation Society) to this distinguished engineering status “for contributions to rehabilitation robotics and the understanding of neuro-rehabilitation.” Dr. Krebs has published and presented extensively on rehabilitation robotics, particularly applied to stroke and neuro-recovery. His work goes beyond Stroke and has been extended to Cerebral Palsy for which he received “The 2009 Isabelle and Leonard H. Goldenson Technology and Rehabilitation Award,” from the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF). In 2015, he received the prestigious IEEE-INABA Technical Award for Innovation leading to Production “for contributions to medical technology innovation and translation into commercial applications for Rehabilitation Robotics.” His goal is to revolutionize the way rehabilitation medicine is practiced today by applying robotics and information technology to assist, enhance, and quantify rehabilitation.
Coordination of Robotic Swarms
Luiz Chaimowicz is an Associate Professor at the Computer Science Department of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) and currently the head of its Graduate Program in Computer Science. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from UFMG in 2002, and from 2003 to 2004, he held a Postdoctoral Research appointment in Robotics with the GRASP Laboratory – University of Pennsylvania. Since 2006 he has a Research Fellowship from CNPq, awarded to productive researchers . He co-directs UFMG’s Computer Vision and Robotics Laboratory (VeRLab) and the Multidisciplinary Research Laboratory in Digital Games (J), and conducts research on several aspects of artificial intelligence, mobile robotics, and digital games. His recent research in robotics focuses on the coordination and control of groups of robots, especially robotic swarms, in tasks such as exploration, localization and segregation.