Rich Walker

Managing Director Shadow Robot Company

As the manager of Shadow Robot Company he is developing new robots and new applications for robotics.He is one of the three SME Directors of the EuRobotics association and on the Innovate UK “Robotics and Autonomous Systems” SIG Advisory Board.

Arturo Baroncelli

Bussines Development Manager in Comau

Arturo Baroncelli, has been working in Comau (FCA Group), since 1988, Baroncelli is now Business Development Manager for Robotics. Baroncelli has been President of the International Federation of Robotics (2013-2015). He has been member of the Board of IFR, SIRI (the Italian Robotics association) and euRobotics. He was presented with the Joseph Engelberger Award in Tokyo in 2005.

Jonathan Evans

Global UTM Association

Founding board member and board president of the Global UTM Association, publishing the open, technocratic blueprint for interoperability of networked aerial robotics in national airspace systems. Co-Founder and CEO at Skyward providing critical operations management software for professional drone operators around the world.

Bruno Siciliano

University of Naples Federico II

Professor Bruno Siciliano is Director of the Interdepartmental Center for Advances in RObotic Surgery (ICAROS), as well as of the Laboratory of Robotics Projects for Industry, Services and Mechatronics (PRISMA Lab), at University of Naples Federico II. Fellow of the scientific societies IEEE, ASME, IFAC, he was President of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society from 2008 to 2009.

    Jens Kober

    TU Delft Robotics Institute

    Jens Kober is an assistant professor at the Delft Center for Systems and Control, TU Delft, Netherlands and member of the TU Delft Robotics Institute. He worked as a postdoctoral scholar jointly at the CoR-Lab, Bielefeld University, Germany and at the Honda Research Institute Europe, Germany.
    His research is focused on getting robots to learn motor skills, employing techniques such as reinforcement learning, imitation learning, and deep learning.

      Karem Kharmandarian

      Senior investment manager, Pictet Robotics

      Karen Kharmandarian joined Pictet Asset Management in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2004 and is a Senior Investment Manager in the Thematic Equities team since 2007. Since its launch in October 2015, Karen manages the Pictet Robotics fund.
      Karen began his investment career in 1994 with Société Générale in Paris as a management board adviser for banking matters. In 1996, he joined Aurel-Leven to set up and head the credit research department and in 1999 moved to the buy-side in a similar role with Ixis Asset Management in Paris, where he spent five years.

        Richard Lightbound

        CEO for Europe in Robo Global

        Richard is CEO of ROBO Global Partners Ltd. and has worked for over 21 years in the financial and treasury services industry. In addition to managing daily operations in Europe and Asia, he is responsible for executing our business strategy and serves on the Index Committee and Classification Committee. During his career as a Commercial Banker, Richard served with Wells Fargo and Standard Chartered Bank in senior management positions with responsibility for Institutional and Corporate clients across Europe, MENA and Asia.

          Jonathan Cohen

          CIO in RoboCap LLP

          Jonathan is the Founding Partner and CIO of RoboCap LLP. Following his graduation in Management with a Major in Finance from the University of St Gallen in 2004, Jonathan joined Bedrock SA, a multi-family office based in Geneva and London, where he was hired as the equity analyst for an activist investor. He then joined Goldman Sachs where he got promoted to Associate Investment Professional within the Institutional Wealth Management team. In 2009, he became the CIO of Huet & Cie BV, an Independent Asset Manager based in Geneva and Zurich, where he led a team of three analysts.

            Lucas Krauel

            3D printing expert in pediatric surgical oncology

            Dr. Lucas Krauel, MD, FEBPS, FACS. Paediatrician and Pediatric Surgeon (1998, Barcelona University). Fellow in Pediatric Surgical Oncology (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY, USA). Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and member of the International Society of Paediatric Surgical Oncology. Surgical Oncology Program at Barcelona Children’s Hospital (HSJD), Universitat de Barcelona. Dr. Krauel is a Pediatric Surgeon specialized in pediatric surgical oncology who’s latest scientific focus is 3D printing for surgical oncology planning, new technologies and new drug delivery systems for local tumor control.

              Alberto Sanfeliu

              Director of the Instituto de Robotica i Informatica Industrial

              Alberto Sanfeliu received the Engineer and PhD degrees from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain, in 1978 and 1982 respectively. He joined the faculty of UPC in
              1981 and is full professor of Computational Sciences and Artificial Intelligence. He is coordinator of the research Artificial Vision and Intelligent System Group (VIS) and head
              of the research line Mobile Robotics of (IRI) Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (UPC-CSIC). He was the former director of the Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica
              Industrial, UPC-CSIC, former director of the UPC’s Automatic Control department and past president of AERFAI, (Spanish Association for Pattern Recognition)

                Paul Scerri

                President of Platypus LLC

                Dr. Scerri is co-Founder President of Platypus, LLC. and the Director of the Perceptronics Solutions Robotics Lab. Prior to this he was an Associate Research Professor Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute. The focus of his research while at CMU was multi-agent and multi-robot systems. In his current roles in industry, the emphasis is on taking state-of-the-art research and applying it to real problems, with a specific focus on making the collection of important data about an environment less expensive, more reliable and more accessible.

                  Sethu Vijayakumar

                  Director of the Edinburgh centre for robotics

                  Sethu Vijayakumar is the Professor of Robotics in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh and the Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics. Professor 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.

                    Clemens Müller

                    Head of Clinical Education in HOCOMA

                    Clemens Müller, Ph.D., Human Movement Science in the Chemnitz University of Technology. He also has a M.A. in Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Science by the University of Konstanz. Clemens Müller is Head of Clinical Education in HOCOMA and Head of Core Technology “Motor Learning”: scientific research in the field of neurorehabilitation.

                      Shingo Shimoda

                      Unit leader, RIKEN Brain Science Institute

                      Shingo Shimoda is a unit leader of RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Intelligent behavior control unit. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and electronic from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1999, 2001, and 2005, respectively. He spent as a visiting student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003-2004. He was a Research Scientist with the Biomimetic Control Research Center, RIKEN, Japan, in 2005. In 2008, he became a Unit Leader with RIKEN.He is a chair of Technical Committee on Cognitive Robotics in IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He was a recipient of the General Chairs’ Recognition Award in CDC 2009 and the CoTeSys Cognitive Robotics Best Paper Award in IROS 2010.

                        Juan C. Moreno

                        Ramón y Cajal Researcher, Instituto Cajal

                        Head of the Human Locomotion Lab of the Neural Rehabilitation Group at Cajal Institute (CSIC, Spain) where he holds a “Ramón y Cajal” Position. The main topic of his work is the study of human locomotion and its neurorehabilitation by means of robotics and neuroscience technologies.

                          Dave Swan

                          CTO – Tharsus Group

                          Dave is CTO of Tharsus, the UK’s leading manufacturer of autonomous system robots. He has worked in the industry for 27 years, working for 10+ years within the Tier 1 and OEM Automotive world at global companies including Viasystems and Magna Kansaei. Dave joined Tharsus Group in 2007, managing the operations side of the business. He’s responsible for the 35-strong multi-disciplinary engineering team who create, design and validate the products that Tharsus manufacture on behalf of their clients. Most recently he’s overseen the design and build of a series of material handling robots that will be produced in thousands per year.

                            Yoshihiro Yasunaga

                            General manager of sales & Marketing, CYBERDYNE Inc. & Managing Director Oita ROBOCARECenter Inc. USCPA, USCMA

                            Yoshihiro Yasunaga is general manager of General manager of sales & Marketing, CYBERDYNE Inc. He received the B.S., degree in management from the University of Dokkyo, Saitama and M.S., degrees in healthcare from the open University of Japan, in 1996 and 2015, respectively. He work for TYCO HEALTHCARE JAPAN as USCPA in 2002 – 2006. He was the finance controller with the ON Semiconductor technology in 2006 – 2008. He joined CYBERDYNE Inc. as corporate planning manager. He was appointed as General manager of sales & Marketing in 2013 and also manage Oita & Suzuka ROBOCARECenter.

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