The Biorobotics Institute
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa)
Nicola Vitiello received the M.Sc. degree in biomedical engineering (cum laude) from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2006, and from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy, in 2007. He also received the Ph.D. degree in biorobotics from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy, in 2010. He is currently an Assistant Professor with The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. He is the author or co-author of 38 ISI/Scopus papers and 30 peer-review conference proceedings papers. He has served as the Scientific Secretary of the EU FP7 CA-RoboCom project, and he is currently the Project Coordinator of: the EU FP7 CYBERLEGs Project, the IUVO project funded by Fondazione Pisa, and the EARLYREHAB Project funded by Regione Toscana under the Research Program “Salute 2009” . His main research interests include the development of wearable robotic devices for human motion assistance and rehabilitation and of robotic platforms for neuroscientific investigations. In 2006, he participated the IX European Space Agency (ESA) Student Parabolic Flight Campaign as member of the team of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. In 2008, he participated the first ESA Lunar Robotics Challenge as a Ph.D. Student Member. In the last five years he served as Referee for 9 different ISI journals.
Department for Health Sciences and Technology
Professor Lars Arendt-Nielsen, dr. med. sci., Ph.D., is Founder and Director of the Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction (90 employees, 65 Ph D students enrolled), Aalborg University, Denmark (worlds largest translational pain research center). Founder and head of R&D for C4Pain (CRO specialised in pain trials), Aalborg, Denmark. His research focus is on 1) experimental methods for the assessment of pain from skin, muscles and viscera in healthy volunteers and patients, 2) development of human translational pain bio-markers and, 3) application of translational pain bio-marker in early drug.for screening of new analgesic compounds in humans (volunteers and patients).
Dr. Arendt-Nielsen has delivered over 200 keynote lectures at international meetings and seminars and published more than 700 papers in international peer reviewed journals on pain and pain assessment.
Is council member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and head of the IASP 2010 Global Year Against musculoskeletal pain.
University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Professor Sethu Vijayakumar FRSE holds a Personal Chair in Robotics at the University of Edinburgh and is the Director of the Institute for Perception, Action and Behavior (IPAB). Since August 2007, he holds the prestigious Senior Research Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering, co-funded by Microsoft Research. He also holds additional appointments as an Adjunct Faculty of the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles and a Visiting Research Scientist at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan. Prof. Vijayakumar, who has a PhD (1998) from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, has pioneered the use of large scale machine learning techniques in the real time control of large degree of freedom anthropomorphic robotic systems including the SARCOS and the HONDA ASIMO humanoid robots, KUKA-DLR robot arm and iLIMB prosthetic hand. His research interest spans a broad interdisciplinary curriculum ranging from statistical machine learning, adaptive control, and actuator design to human motor control and computational neuroscience. He is the author of over 150 highly cited publications in these fields and the winner of the IEEE Vincent Bendix award, the Japanese Monbusho fellowship, 2013 IEEE Transaction on Robotics Best Paper Award and several paper awards from leading conferences. He has been the scientific coordinator and lead PI for several national, EU and international research projects, and served on program committees of leading machine learning and robotics conferences. He co-directs the newly established Centre for Excellence in Robotics at Edinburgh (www.edinburgh-robotics.org). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a keen science communicator with a significant annual outreach agenda.