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The International Symposium on Wearable Robotics (WeRob2019) Speakers

Alan T. Asbeck, PhD

Alan Asbeck

Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering
Director of the Assistive Robotics Lab
Virgina Tech

Topic: Exoskeleton for Worker Safety and Performance Augmentation

Kendra Betz, MSPT, ATP

Kendra Betz

Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the McGovern Medical School.

Administrative Director of the NeuroRecovery Research Center, TIRR Memorial Hermann

Topic: Neuromuscular Adaptation After Exoskeleton-Assisted Gait Training in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis

Thomas Bulea, PhD

Thomas Bulea

Staff Scientist
Functional & Applied Biomechanics Section
Rehabilitation Medicine Department
National Institutes of Health

Topic: P-REX: A Pediatric Robotic Exoskeleton for Gait Training

Shuo-Hsiu "James" Chang, PT, PhD

Shuo Hsiu Chang

Staff Scientist
Functional & Applied Biomechanics Section
Rehabilitation Medicine Department
National Institutes of Health

Topic: P-REX: A Pediatric Robotic Exoskeleton for Gait Training

Jose L. Contreras-Vidal, PhD, IEEE Fellow

Jose L Contreras Vidal

Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor
Director, NSFI/UCRC BRAIN University of Houston Site
Director, Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems Lab
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Houston

Topic: BRAIN

Diane L. Damiano, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Diane L Damiano

Senior Investigator
Chief, Functional & Applied Biometrics Section
Rehabilitation Medicine Department
NIH Clinical Center

Topic: The 3 "E"s of Exoskeleton Development for Pediatric Neurorehabilitation

Gerard E. Francisco, MD

Gerard E Francisco

Chief Medical Officer and Director of NeuroRecovery Research Center
TIRR Memorial Hermann
Chair & Professor of PM&R, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) McGovern Medical School

Topic: TBD

Lex Frieden, MA, LLD

Lex Frieden

Director of Independent Living Research (ILRU) at TIRR Memorial Hermann
Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Rehabilitation, The University of Texas
Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)
Professor of Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine

Topic: Panacea is a Myth

Arun Jayaraman, PT, PhD

Arun Jayaraman

Director Max Nader Center for Rehabilitation Technologies & Outcomes Research
Director & Business Development Officer, Office of Translational Research, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab Associate Professor
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences
Norwestern University

Topic: What Have We Learned in the Last Decade About Rehabilitation Robotics?

Angeli S. Mayadev, MD

Angeli Mayadev

Director, Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Program

Topic: Interim Analysis of a Clinical Trial Involving the Use of the Hybrid Assistive Limb Device by Cyberdyne in Multiple Sclerosis and Non-Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Juan C. Moreno, PhD

Juan Moreno

Head of the Human Locomotion Lab of the Neural Rehabilitation Group at Cajal Institute

Topic: Novel Interfaces and Control Approaches to Drive Wearable Robots

Marcia K. O'Malley, PhD

Marcia K O Malley

Director of Rehabilitation Engineering at TIRR Memorial Hermann
Stanley C. Moore Professor of Mechanical Engineering of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and of Computer Science Director of the Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces Lab Special Advisor to the Provost on Education and Research Initiatives for Collaborative Health (ENRICH) Rice University, Houston, TX, USA

Topic: Hybrid Rigid/Soft Wearable Robotic Systems for the Upper Limb

Hyung-Soon Park, PhD

Hyung Soon Park

Associate Professor at Mechanical Engineering Department Korea Advances Institute of Science and Technology

Topic: Development of Wearable Hand Rehabilitation Robot

Jose Pons, PhD

Jose Pons

Scientific Chair, Legs + Walking Lab
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

Topic: TBD

David J. Reinkensmeyer, PhD

David J Reinkensmeyer

Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Topic: Wearable Robots and Neuroplasticity

Eiichi Saitoh, MD, DMSc

Eiichi Saitoh

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Medicine, Fujita Health University
Certified Physiatrist, Executive Vice President of Fujita Health University Professor and Chairperson of Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Medicine

Topic: Wearable Robotics for Health and Wellness in Aging

Ann Spungen, EdD

Ann Spungen

VA Senior Research Scientist
Chairperson, VA Cooperative Study #2003 “Exoskeletal-Assisted Walking in Persons with SCI: Impact on Quality of Life
Associate Director, VA RR&D National Center for the Medical Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury
Principal Investigator, Exoskeletal-assisted Walking Program
James J Peters VA Medical Center
Vice Chair of Research and Professor
Department of Rehabilitation and Human Performance and Department of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY, NY

Topic: Findings From a Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial of Exosckeletal-Assisted Walking in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury

Leia Stirling, PhD

Leia Stirling

Associate Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering
University of Michigan

Topic: A Framework for Evaluation of Cognitive Factors for Human-Exoskeleton Performance

Thomas G. Sugar, PhD

Thomas Sugar

Associate Dean, The Honors College, Polytechnic Campus

Topic: Wearable Robots for Augementation and the Future of Work

James Sulzer, PhD

James Sulzer

Assistant Professor in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin

Topic: Neurophysical Considerations in Exoskeletal Design

Edwin Van Asseldonk, PhD

Edwin Van Asseldonk

Associate Professor at Department of Biomechanical Engineering
University of Twente

Topic: Selective Support of Gait Subtasks in Robot Aided Gait Training

Nicola Vitiello

Nicola Vitiello

Associate Professor with The BioRobotics Institute (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, SSSA, Pisa, Italy)

Topic: Wearable Robotics for Sustainable Ageing

Conor J. Walsh, PhD

Conor Walsh

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

Topic: Human Interaction with Soft Wearable Robots

Karl Zelik, PhD

Karl Zelik

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Vanderbilt University

Topic: Overcoming Key Barriers to Workplace Integration: The Science, Design and Evaluation of Spring-Powered Exosuits

Symposium Co-Chairs

Gerard E. Francisco, MD

Francisco WeRob

Chief Medical Officer and Director of NeuroRecovery Research Center
TIRR Memorial Hermann; Chair & Professor of PM&R
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) McGovern Medical School

Marcie K. O'Malley, PhD

Marcie O'Malley

Stanley C. Moore Professor of Mechanical Engineering of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and of Computer Science Director of the Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces Lab Special Advisor to the Provost on Education and Research Initiatives for Collaborative Health (ENRICH) Rice University, Houston, TX, USA

 

Jose L. Contreras-Vidal, PhD, IEEE Fellow

Jose Contreras Vidal

Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor
Director, NSFI/UCRC BRAIN University of Houston Site
Director, Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems Lab
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Houston

José Pons, PhD

Jose Pons

Director, Neural Rehabilitation Group
Cajal Institute
Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC)
Madrid, Spain

Symposium Organizing Committee

Gerard E. Francisco, MD | Medical Director

Chief Medical Officer and Director of NeuroRecovery Research Center

 

Anna de Joya, PT, DSc, NCS | Director of Education

Director of Education, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Houston, Texas, USA

 

Patricia E. Tully, OTR | Symposium Coordinator

TIRR Memorial Hermann Education Academy Administrative Assistant, Houston, Texas, USA

 

Heather L. Mahon | Symposium Organizer

TIRR Memorial Heramnn Education Academy Administrative Assistant, Houston, Texas, USA

 

Kirk Roden, MBA, FACHE | Exhibitor Coordinator

Director of Management Operations, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehab, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, Houston, Texas, USA

 

Susan Thomas, MPH | Marketing Coordinator

Manager of Communications, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Houston, Texas, USA