Metin AKAY

Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Houston, USA

 Prof. Metin Akay is currently the founding chair of the new Biomedical Engineering Department and the John S. Dunn

professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston. He received hisB.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering

from the Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey in 1981 and 1984, respectively and a Ph.D. degree from Rutgers University

in 1990. 

Dr. Akay has played a key role in promoting biomedical education in the world by writing and editing several books,

editing several special issues of prestigious journals, including the Proc of IEEE, and giving more than hundred keynote,

plenary and invited talks at international conferences, symposiums and workshops regarding emerging technologies in

biomedical engineering.

He is the founding editor-in-chief of the Biomedical Engineering Book Series published by the Wiley and IEEE Press and

the Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering. He is also the editor of the Neural Engineering Handbook published

by Wiley/IEEE Press and the first steering committee chair of the IEEE Trans on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.

He established the Annual International Summer School on Biocomplexity from Gene to System sponsored by the NSF and

the IEEE EMBS and is the founding chair of the IEEE EMBS Special Topic Conference on Neural Engineering. He is also the

chair of the IEEE EMBS Neuroengineering Technical Committee. He was the program chair of the International IEEE EMBS 

2001 and the co-chair of the Annual International IEEE EMBS 2006 and the program co-chair of the Annual International

IEEE EMBS 2011 conference which will be held in Boston . He currently serves on the advisory board of several international

journals and on several NIH and NSF review panels.

Dr. Akay is a recipient of the IEEE EMBS Early Career and Service awards as well an IEEE Third Millenium Medal and is a fellow

of IEEE, the Institute of Physics (IOP), the American Institute of Medical Biological Engineering( AIMBE) and the American

Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). His Neural Engineering and Informatics Lab is interested in developing

an intelligent wearable system for monitoring motor functions in Post-Stroke Hemiplegic Patients and detecting coronary artery

disease. In addition, his lab is currently investigating the effect of nicotine on the dynamics of ventral tegmental area (VTA)

dopamine neural networks as well as the detection of coronary occlusions.



High Performance Humanoid Technologies Lab, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

 Tamim Asfour is Professor at the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

He is Chair of Humanoid Robotics Systems and Head of the High Performance Humanoid Technologies Lab (H2T).

His major research interest is   humanoid robotics.  He is member of the Board of Directors of euRobotics aisbl,

member the Executive Board of the German Association of Robotics (DGR), Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Conference on

Humanoid Robots, and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Robotics. He is principle investigator in several national

projects (SFB Humanoid Robots, Autonomous Learning, SFB/TR Invasive Computing) and European projects

(Xperience, PACO-PLUS, GRASP, WALK-MAN and KoroiBot).




CD Lab for Restoration of Extremity Function, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Dr. Oskar C. Aszmann, born in Vienna, Austria. After a two year excursion into philosophy and biology Dr. Aszmann

entered Medical School at the medical faculty of the University of Vienna.

From the very outset he discovered his love for anatomy. Early on he enrolled as tutor and scientific assistant at the

Department of Anatomy and Cell biology with a major interest in neuroanatomy. The entrance into the fascinating world

of plastic and reconstructive surgery he found via the fascinating subject of peripheral nerve reconstruction by Prof.

Hanno Millesi. He went on to receive part of his training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland where he

learned the trade of peripheral nerve surgery from Prof. Lee Dellon and the basic science of peripheral nerve regeneration

from Prof. Thomas Brushart.

He then joined the Division of Plastic Surgery in Vienna, Austria in 1998 where he now holds the position of Associate

Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Both his research and clinical focus have always been peripheral nerve

reconstruction and extremity/hand rehabilitation. Since 2006 he has entered a close collaboration with the company

Otto Bock to explore the possibilities and limits of bionic reconstruction which has now led to the establishment of a

Center for Extremity Reconstruction and Rehabilitation. This Center has at its core interest the recovery and

rehabilitation patients with impaired extremity function. 

This goal is accomplished with a wide variety of surgical techniques of neuromuscular reconstruction alone or in

combination with complex mechatronic devices.



Claudio Castellini

Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, German Aerospace Center, Germany

Claudio Castellini, Ph.D. received a Laurea in Biomedical Engineering in 1998 from the University of Genova, Italy and

a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence in 2005 from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

He then spent 4.5 years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Advanced Robotics Laboratory of the University of

Genova, Italy, working on machine learning applied to human sensorimotor data.

Since 2009 he is a researcher at the DLR, focusing on human-machine interfaces for the disabled.

He is currently (co)author of some 50 peer-reviewed papers.



Max Ortiz Catalan

Chalmers University, Sweden

Dr. Max Ortiz Catalan received his Electronics Engineering degree in 2005 by the ITEMS Campus Toluca, Mexico. He spent one year

of his engineering formation at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France. He worked 2 years for the manufacturing

industry before joining the M.Sc. program in Complex Adaptive System, at Chalmers University of Technology (CTH), Sweden,

graduating in 2009. In 2014, he obtained his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from CTH in collaboration with the Centre of Orthopaedic

Osseointegration at Sahlgrenska University Hospital (COO-SUH), and Integrum AB, Sweden. During his PhD, he was invited

researcher at Neural Rehabilitation Engineering Lab in the Université chatolique de Louvain, Belgium, and Research Engineer at

Integrum AB. He is currently Research Scientist at CTH and COO-SUH, as well as R&D Manager at Integrum AB. His research

interests include bioelectric signals acquisition electronics (analog and digital); signal processing and artificial intelligence algorithms

for pattern recognition and control; neuromuscular interfaces;bone-anchored prostheses via osseointegration; as well as virtual and

augmented reality for neuromuscular rehabilitation.



Chuang Lin

Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, UMG, Germany

 Chuang Lin received the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees in signal processing from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin,

China, in 2004 and 2008, respectively. He is an assistant professor in Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China.

Now, he is a research scientist of European Research Council Project DEMOVE in the Department of Neurorehabilitation

Engineering at the University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany, within the Bernstein Center

for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) and the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology (BFNT) Göttingen. His research interests

include biomedical signal processing, pattern recognition, machine learning, stochastic signal processing, and wavelet-based

signal analysis and processing.



Dario Farina

Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, UMG, Germany

Dario Farina is Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering at the University

Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany, within the Bernstein Center for Computational

Neuroscience (BCCN) and the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology (BFNT) Göttingen. In this position, he is also the Chair

for NeuroInformatics of the BFNT Göttingen. Prof. Farina is the current President of the International Society of

Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK). Among other awards, he has been the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Engineering

in Medicine and Biology Society Early Career Achievement Award for his contributions to biomedical signal processing and

to electrophysiology. His research focuses on biomedical signal processing, neurorehabilitation technology, and neural

control of movement.



Bernhard Graimann

Translational Research and Knowledge Management, Otto Bock, Germany

Bernhard Graimann received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) in 2002.

He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the BCI Lab, TU Graz, and at IAT, University of Bremen in bio-signal processing,

pattern recognition and machine learning with applications in brain-computer communication and rehabilitation robotics.

Since 2006, he has been Universitätsdozent at the Institute of Knowledge Discovery, Graz University of Technology, Austria.  

In 2008, he became the Scientific Coordinator for Neurotechnology at Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH, Germany.

Since 2010, he has been the leading expert for neurotechnology, and since March 2014 he is also the head of

the Department of Translational Research and Knowledge Management at Otto Bock.



Allison Hyngstorm

Department of Physical Therapy, Marquette University, USA

Dr. Hyngstrom graduated from Augustana College with a bachelor's degree in biology and subsequently went on

to receive a master’s degree in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Following her

clinical training, she worked for 3 years at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago where she primarily treated patients

with neurological injury such as stroke. She then pursued her Ph.D. in neuroscience at Northwestern University in the

laboratory of Dr. C.J. Heckman where she studied sensorimotor integration of spinal motoneurons. Dr. Hyngstrom came to

Marquette in 2007 and completed a 1 year post doctoral fellowship with Dr. Brian Schmit (Department of Biomedical

Engineering). In the fall of 2008, she joined the faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy as an Assistant Professor.

Dr. Hyngstrom’s primary area of research is studying mechanisms of motor impairment, specifically muscle fatigue, in the

chronic stroke population using a variety of biomechanical and electrophysiological measurements. In 2012, she was

awarded the Eugene Michels New Investigator Award by the American Physical Therapy Association.  Dr. Hyngstrom’s work

has been supported by the American Heart Association, the South East Wisconsin Clinical & Translational Science Institute,

and NIH.



Ales Holobar

System Software LAB, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Ales Holobar received his PhD in computer science from University of Maribor, Slovenia, in 2004. From 2005 to 2009,

he was with Laboratory of Engineering of Neuromuscular System and Motor Rehabilitation at Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

From 2009, he is with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor.

He has been appointed Associate Professor in Computer Science in 2011. Prof. Holobar is member of the Council of

the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) since 2011 and member of IEEE since 1999,

the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) since 2004 and The International

Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) since 2004. His main research interests include information and signal

processing with current activities focused on source separation, biomedical signal processing and neurorehabilitation.




Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, UMG, Germany




Developmental Neurobiology Group, UMG, Germany 




Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Germany




Neural Rehabilitation Group - Cajal Institute. Spanish National Research Council, Spain

 Juan C. Moreno was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1978. He received the PhD degree in Industrial Engineering from the School of

Industrial Engineering (ETSII) of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Spain, in 2006. In 2001, he joined the Spanish National

Research Council (CSIC) as technical assistant and junior researcher in the Industrial Automation Institute. Currently Head of

Human Locomotion Laboratory (Neural Rehabilitation Group) in Cajal Institute at CSIC. After obtaining his PhD, he co-founded

CSIC’s start-up company Technaid, were he held a position as Postdoctoral researcher, continuing his research line activities in

the framework of European projects. In 2008, he assumed the current position at the Bioengineering Group (GBIO) of CSIC,

as leader of projects in Gait Neurorehabilitation. His main research interests include signal processing, pattern recognition,

electromechanical design problems in biomedical engineering, system modelling and identification, functional electrical stimulation

(neuro- prosthetics), rehabilitation robotics and specially its optimization for the neurological rehabilitation after stroke and spinal

cord injury, unobtrusive motion capture, analysis and synthesis of neural control of human walking and biomechanical simulations.

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Member since January 2012. He was the recipient of TR35 Spain 2012 Award by

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s journal, Technology Review for his work on technology for a more efficient rehabilitation of

people with limited mobility. In 2011 he received Princess Infanta Cristina Award by the Spanish Institute for Older People and Social

Services in the research, development and innovation category for his work on intelligent gait orthoses. 


Silvia Muceli

Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, UMG, Germany

Silvia Muceli received the M.Sc. degrees in Electronics Engineering from the University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy, in 2007,

and the Ph.D. degree at The International Doctoral School in Biomedical Science and Engineering, Center for Sensory-Motor

Interaction (SMI), Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, in 2013.

Since 2011, she is working as a researcher at the Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, University Medical Center

Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany, within the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN).

Her main research interests concern surface and intramuscular electromyography, signal processing of biomedical signals

and advanced prosthetic control.




Francesco Negro

Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, UMG, Germany

Francesco Negro received the M.Sc. degree in telecommunication engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy,

in November 2005, and the Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, in April 2011.

From 2006 to 2010, he was a Research Assistant and Ph.D. Fellow at Aalborg University. He is currently a Postdoctoral

Researcher at the Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August

University, Germany, within the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology and Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience.

His research interests include applied physiology of the human motor system, signal processing of intramuscular and surface

electromyography and modeling of spinal neural networks.



Massimo Sartori

Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, UMG, Germany

Massimo Sartori received his master degree in Computer Engineering and his PhD degree in Information Engineering

 from the University of Padova, Italy in 2007 and 2011 respectively. During his PhD he was a visiting student at the

School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, University of Western Australia and at the Neuromuscular Biomechanics

Laboratory, Stanford University. Since 2011 he is a postdoctoral research scientist at the Department of Neurorehabilitation

Engineering, University Medical Center Goettingen, Germany. Dr Sartori's research interests include the development of

methods for bridging between the neural and the functional understanding of human movement in vivo, and the translation

of these to the development of advanced neurorehabilitation technologies.




Institut for Ethics and History of Medicine, UMG, Germany

Since April 2010, Silke Schicktanz is full-professor at the Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at the

University Medical Center Goettingen. Her Research focuses on the cultural and ethical study of biomedicine. 

In 2011 she hold an Adjunct professorship for Philosophy at the San Francisco State University and

was 2011-12 visiting research scholar at the University of California, Berkeley by a grant of the

Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation (see 

She has studied biology and philosophy at the University of Tübingen from 1991-1997. Her PhD thesis on

the ethics of xenotransplantation was approved by the University of Tübingen in 2002. 

She held various research positions at the University of Tübingen (1999-2000), at the Max-Delbrück-Center

for Molecular Medicine/Forschungszentrum Jülich (2002-2003) and at the Department for Ethics, History and

Theory of Medicine at the University of Muenster (2004-2005). Being interested in public dialogue and engagement,

she was project leader of the first nation-wide citizen conference on genetic testing, held at Deutsches

Hygiene-Museum in Dresden (1/2001-2/2002). She was reviewer for the  ERC Advanced Review

Panel SH4 (2009-2013) and is currently elected member of

the Committe for Freedom and Responsibility of the International Council of Science (ICSU) 




Francisco Valero-Cuevas

University of Southern California, USA

I attended Swarthmore College from 1984-88 where I obtained a BS degree in Engineering. After spending a year in

the Indian subcontinent as a Thomas J Watson Fellow, I joined Queen's University in Ontario and worked with

Dr. Carolyn Small. The research for my Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Queen's focused on developing

non-invasive methods to estimate the kinematic integrity of the wrist joint. In 1991, I joined the doctoral program in

the Design Division of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University. I worked with Dr. Felix Zajac

developing a realistic biomechanical model of the human digits. This research, done at the Rehabilitation R & D Center

in Palo Alto, focused on predicting optimal coordination patterns of finger musculature during static force production.

After completing my doctoral degree in 1997, I joined the core faculty of the Biomechanical Engineering Division

at Stanford University as a Research Associate and Lecturer. In 1999, I joined the faculty of the Sibley School of

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University as Assistant Professor, and was tenured in 2005.

In 2007, I joined the faculty at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the Division of Biokinesiology & Physical

Therapy at the University of Southern California as Associate Professor; where I was promoted to Full Professor in 2011.

In 2013 I was elected Senior Member of the IEEE, and in 2014 to the College of Fellows of the American Institute

for Medical and Biological Engineers.




Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, UMG, Germany

 Ivan Vujaklija received Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Belgrade,

Serbia, in 2011. and M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Lübeck, Germany in 2013. From 2012 to

2014 he was an intern at OttoBock Healthcare GmbH, Germany. Currently he is a junior researcher at the Department of

Neurorehabilitation Engineering, University Medical Center Göttingen and a PhD student at Georg-August University,

Germany. His research interests include bio-signal processing, advanced prosthetic and robot control as well as

engineering aspects of TMR.



Richard Weir

College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado, USA

 Richard F. ff. Weir, PhD,  is Director of the Biomechatronics Development Laboratory at the University of Colorado

Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus.  He is also a Research Healthcare Scientist for the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care

System – Denver VA Medical Center, and holds Research Associate Professor appointments in the Departments of

Bioengineering and  Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus.

        Dr. Weir specializes in the design and development of advanced artificial hand/arm replacements.  Dr. Weir's research

covers all aspects of the problem ranging from development of neural control interfaces and clinical deployment of these

systems, to mechatronic design and development of novel prosthetic components.  Current projects involve the development

of prosthetic hand/arm controller systems based on implantable myoelectric sensors (IMES) to create a neural interface for

the user.  As well as  exploration of the use of postural controllers and Biomechanical models to decipher user intent. We also

are conducting research into novel ways to interface with peripheral nerves using opto-genetic approaches and have a number

of straight forward mechanical hand and arm component design projects.

Dr. Weir received a BA in mathematics and a BAI in microelectronics and electrical engineering from Trinity College Dublin,

Ireland, in 1983.  After working as a control engineer in England, he moved to the USA and obtained his MS and PhD degrees

in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. After working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

for many years Dr. Weir moved to Colorado.


Ken Yoshida

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Ken Yoshida was born in Los Angeles, California, on Dec 13, 1965. He attended the University of California, San Diego

before transferring to the University of California at Los Angeles where he completed his BS degree in Biomedical

Engineering in 1989. He received his Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering from the University of Utah in 1994, and continued

his post-doctoral training in Neuroscience at the University of Alberta. In 1998, he joined the faculty at Aalborg University,

Denmark at the Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction in the Department of Biomedical Engineering where he achieved the

academic rank of Lektor (Associate Professor) before returning to the United States in 2006. He is currently an Associate

Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Dr Yoshida's primary

research focus has been in the field of neural engineering, with a particular focus on neurorehabilitation using functional

electrical stimulation, high resolution peripheral nerve recordings and neuroprosthetics as a means to restore function

and reduce sensory-motor deficit. Dr Yoshida is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society and the Society for

Neuroscience, a senior member of the IEEE, and a charter member of the International Functional Electrical Stimulation

Society. He further serves as a review editor for the Frontiers in Neuroengineering.



S. Utku Yavuz

Department of Orthobionic, Georg August University of Göttingen , Germany

S. Utku Yavuz is working as a post-doctoral researcher in Department of Orthobionic at Georg August University

of Göttingen, Germany, within NeuroInformatics of the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology (BFNT) Göttingen.

He received the M.Sc. degree in biophysics in 2006 from the Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey, and the

Ph.D. degree in biophysics in 2012 from Ege University, Izmir, Turkey. He worked as a research assistant

in Ege University, Marie Curie Chair, Gender Reflex Project from 2007 to 2010. His research focuses on

neural control of movement, human reflexes and neurorehabilitation.



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