Programme

Speakers

Professor Moshe Shoham

Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

Biography

Professor Moshe Shoham, is a worldwide acclaimed authority in the field of robotics. His life work in medical robotics is dedicated to developing technologies that improve patient care, and he is the inventor of the first commercially available mechanical guidance system for spine surgery, the Mazor Robotics Renaissance™ Guidance System. He is also the visionary and creator of the unprecedented Microbot ViRob, an Autonomous Advancing Micro Robot, <1 mm in diameter, which has the ability to crawl within cavities/lumens, allowing physicians to target a disease site with exquisite precision.

His latest work includes a revolutionary swimming Micro Robot and the new Mazor Renaissance® Brain Surgery. Professor Shoham holds 50 patents and more than a dozen awards, including the recent prestigious 2013 Thomas A. Edison Patent Award and the election into the USA National Academy of Engineering.

Prof. Shoham has BSc in Aeronautical Engineering, MSc and DSc in Mechanical Engineering from Technion, where he has been teaching for the past nearly 30 years, and is currently the Tamara and Harry Handelsman Academic Chair in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

The Technion is renowned for the ingenuity of its graduates, who comprise 70 per cent of Israel’s founders and managers of high-tech industries, making Israel the greatest concentration of high-tech start-up companies anywhere outside of Silicon Valley, California, USA. Along with Technion’s expert faculty, students and facilities, Prof. Shoham founded Mazor Robotics in 2001 which was recently acquired by Medtronic for $1.64B,co-founded Microbot Medical Ltd. in 2010, and spun Xact Robotics off his medical robotic laboratory in 2012..

Prof. Shoham was also formerly the director of the robotic laboratory of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University in NY. He has published some 200 conference and journal papers and is the author of three books.

Professor Conor Walsh

Harvard University, USA

Soft Wearable Robots for Everyday Wear

Abstract

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Biography

Conor Walsh is the Gordon McKay Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the John A. Paulson Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Core Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

He is the is the founder of the Harvard Bio-design Lab, which brings together researchers from the engineering, industrial design, apparel, clinical and business communities to develop new disruptive robotic technologies for augmenting and restoring human performance. This research includes new approaches to the design, manufacture and control of wearable robotic devices and characterizing their performance through biomechanical and physiological studies so as to further the scientific understanding of how humans interact with such machines. Example application areas include, enhancing the mobility of healthy individuals, restoring the mobility of patients with gait deficits, assisting those with upper extremity weakness to perform activities of daily living and preventing injuries of workers performing physically strenuous tasks.

His multidisciplinary research spans engineering, biology and medicine and has led to multiple high impact scientific papers. His group’s work is highly translation focused, multiple partnerships with industry, technologies already licensed, and one that has finished a clinical trial. Conor is also dedicated to training the next generation of biomedical engineering innovators through his teaching, as well as outreach efforts through the Soft Robotics Toolkit.

The vast majority of alumni have gone on to paths in academia and high tech R&D positions in industry. He is the winner of multiple awards including the MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 Award, the Early Academic Career Award in Robotics and Automation from the IEEE RAS and the MIT 100K Entrepreneurship Competition Grand Prize. Conor received his B.A.I and B.A. degrees in Mechanical and Manufacturing engineering from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, in 2003, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006 and 2010.