Vitoantonio Bevilacqua

Department of Electrical and Information Engineering
Polytechnic of Bari

Vitoantonio Bevilacqua obtained the Bachelor Degree in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic where he is currently Tenured Assistant Professor of Human Computer Interaction at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering and taught also Expert Systems, Medical Informatics and Image Processing. Since 1996 he has been working and investigating in the field of computer vision and image processing, neural networks, evolutionary algorithms, and hybrid expert systems. The main applications of his research are in real world, in biometry, in medicine, in bioinformatics, systems biology and ambient assisted living. In 2000 he was involved as Visiting Researcher in an EC funded TMR (Trans-Mobility of Researchers) network (ERB FMRX-CT97-0127) called CAMERA (CAd Modeling Environment from Range Images) and worked in Manchester (UK) in the field of geometric feature extraction and 3D objects reconstruction. He has published more than 100 papers in refereed journals, books, international conferences proceedings and chaired several sessions such as Speech Recognition, Biomedical Informatics, Intelligent Image Processing and Bioinformatics in international conferences. He won the Best Paper Award at International Conference on Intelligent Computing held in Shanghai (ICIC 2008), he was Program Chair of ICIC 2009, Publication Chair of ICIC 2010, Tutorial Chair of ICIC 2011, Publication Chair of ICIC 2012 and ICIC 2013, Award Committee Chair of ICIC 2014, Special Issue Chair of ICIC 2015. On July 2011, he was invited as lecturer at International School on Medical Imaging using Bio-inspired and Soft Computing-Miere (Spain) MIBISOC FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008. GA N. 238819—where presented his research on Intelligent Tumors Computer Aided Early Diagnosis and Therapy: Neural network and Genetic Algorithms frameworks. He won the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Intelligent Computing held in Shanghai (ICIC 2008), he was a program chair of ICIC 2009, Publication Chair of ICIC 2010, Tutorial Chair of ICIC 2011, Publication Chair of ICIC 2012 and ICIC 2013, Award Committee Chair of ICIC 2014, Special Issue Chair of ICIC 2015, and was General Chair of HMISS 2015 and ICIC 2016 Program Co-Chair. In January 2015 he also qualified as Associate Professor of Information Processing Systems.

Graziano Pesole

Graziano Pesole
Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro – Italy

Graziano Pesole has since long carried out research activity in the fields of bioinformatics, comparative genomics and molecular evolution. In particular, his interests are computational approaches for the identification of regulatory elements in non-coding genome regions, alternative splicing and functional analysis of untranslated regions of eukaryotic mRNAs. He has developed several specialised database including (UTRdb/UTRsite) collecting mRNA untranslated sequences and related regulatory motifs involved in the post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression, and ASPicDB an information resource for alternative splicing analysis. He has also developed widely used analysis software and algorithms which are available through the web. Within his studies on molecular evolution, he has contributed to the development of new analysis methodologies and has carried out several studies on the evolution of mitochondrial genome at the intraspecies level, in order to clarify some aspects of the origin of modern man, and at the interspecies one to reconstruct mammal phylogeny and to study the evolutionary dynamics of the mitochondrial genome of Tunicata. Most recently his research interests addressed bioinformatics applications for the analysis of next generation sequencing data, particularly in the field of transcriptome profiling, RNA editing, ChIP-Seq analysis and Metagenomics.
He leads an interdisciplinary research group including molecular biologists, computer scientists and mathematicians.
He coordinated research units in several research project funded by national (MIUR, CNR, Telethon, AIRC, AISM, ARISLA) and international (EU, NIH) agencies, and has filed several international patents.
He is Section Editor for the journal BMC Bioinformatics and member of the editorial Board of other international journals (BMC Genomics, Computational Biology and Chemistry, Briefings in Bioinformatics; Comparative and Functional Genomics), co-author of books on Bioinformatics, Genomics and Molecular Biology published by italian (Zanichelli, Ambrosiana, Gnocchi) and international (Wiley) editors.
He has been one of the founders and past-president of the Italian Society of Bioinformatics and is currently the head of the Italian node of ELIXIR infrastructure for Bioinformatics.

Marco Moschetta

Marco Moschetta
Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro – Italy

Marco Moschetta was born in Bari – Italy in 1981, May 7th. He attended all the studies and graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bari Medical School – Italy in 2005 with the maximum point and laude. In 2009 he post-graduated in Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Bari Medical School with the maximum point and laude. In the period from 2009 to 2011, he worked at the “S. Paolo” Hospital of Bari – Italy – Breast Imaging Center and he was involved in clinical and screening breast imaging. From 2011 until today he is University Researcher for the Imaging Diagnostics and Radiotherapy Area (MED 36- Medical Science) at the University of Bari Medical School. In January 2015 he also qualified as Associate Professor of Radiology. His main clinical and research activity is represented by US imaging, CT, MRI and Breast imaging and he is involved in several breast imaging research projects with particular interest in the field of breast MRI. He teaches Breast Imaging and Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Bari Medical School in several degree courses and post-graduation programs. Until June 2015, he is author of 84 publications on the main national and international peer reviewed journals of Radiology. He collaborated to the drawing up of several medical books. He presented several Relations and Oral Communications at many national and international conferences and participated to several national and international research projects in the field of Breast Imaging.

Eros Pasero

Eros Pasero
Politecnico di Torino – Dipartimento di Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni

Eros G. Pasero is Professor of Electronics at the Politecnico of Turin since 1991 after a four year appointment as Professor at the University of Roma, Electronics Engineering. He was also Visiting Professor at ICSI, UC Berkeley, CA in 1991, Professor of digital electronics and electronic systems at Tongji University, Shanghai, China in 2011 and 2015, and Professor of digital electronics and electronic systems at TTPU (Turin Tashkent Politechnic University), Tashkent, Uzbekistan since 2012 to 2014 where he was also vice rector in the first period of 2014.
Prof. Pasero interests lie in Artificial Neural Networks and Electronic Sensors. He created in 1990 the Neuronica Lab where hardware neurons and synapses are studied for neuromorphic approaches; neural software applications are applied to real life proof of concepts. Innovative wired and wireless sensors are also developed for biomedical, environmental, automotive applications. Data coming from sensors are post processed by means of artificial neural networks.
Prof. Pasero is now the President of SIREN, the Italian Society for Neural Networks; he was v. General Chairman of IJCNN2000 in Como, General Chairman of SIRWEC2006 in Turin, general Chairman of WIRN2015 and WIRN2016 in Vietri. Together his group he was awarded with the 1982 CILEA-Sperry award for complex application systems and local distributed architecture”, with the ASSIPE Design-In-Award in 2003 and 2004 and he was IEEE key note speaker at 2014 Symposium series on Computational Intelligence in Orlando, Fl.
He is now involved in several funded research projects among which: AWIS, ITACA, THOR, OPLON, MIE, NEC (Neural Engineering and Computation Lab), MAKE LAB.

Lucio Tommaso De Paolis

Department of Engineering for Innovation
University of Salento
Lucio Tommaso De Paolis is the Director of the Augmented and Virtual Reality Laboratory (AVR Lab) at the Department of Engineering for Innovation of the University of Salento and the responsible of the “Advanced Techniques of Virtual Reality for Medicine” research groupof the DReAM (Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Research Applied to Medicine) at the Hospital of Lecce. He received the Master Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy) in 1994 and after, first at the ScuolaSuperioreS. nna of Pisa and then at the Universityof Salento, his research interest has concerned the study of realistic simulators for surgical training and the development of applications of Virtual and Augmented Reality in medicine and surgery. De Paolis has been in 2012 visiting professor at the Vytautas Magnus University of Kaunas (Lithuania), in 2011 visiting professor at the University of Tallinn (Estonia), in 2007 and 2010 visiting researcher at the Centro de CienciasAplicadas y DesarrolloTecnológico (CCADET) – Universidad NacionalAutónoma de México (UNAM) – Mexico City (Messico), and in 2007 and 2009 visiting researcher at Computer Graphics Laboratory,Sabanci University of Istanbul (Turkey).
Lucio Tommaso De Paolis had a Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy) and is an Assistant Professor of Information Processing Systems at the Department of Innovation Engineering of the University of Salento (Italy). His research interest concerns the study of realistic simulators for surgical training and the development of applications of Virtual and Augmented Reality in surgery and cultural heritage.

Vincenzo Ferrari

Vincenzo Ferrari
Center for computer assisted surgery – EndoCAS, Pisa Italy – Italy
Vincenzo Ferrari is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Pisa where he is Lecturer of the course Computer Assisted Surgery and coordinator of the EndoCAS center for Computer Assisted Surgery.
After graduating in Computer Science Engineering in 2001 he worked 5 years for a private company as a R&D team leader for machine vision and virtual reality applications.
In 2006 he decided to start academic research in the biomedical engineering field as PhD Student and he defended his thesis in 2009 regarding patient specific 3d models and augmented reality.
During the PhD studies and the previous experiences, he matured competences and interests for his research activities: development of innovative algorithms and devices for Image Guided Surgery and Surgical Simulation mainly based on Augmented Reality. He is now working very close to the clinical needs and some of his inventions are patented. The core business of the SpinOff Company he founded is based on one of his patents.

Slav Dimov

Slav Dimov
g.tec medical engineering GmbH – Germany

Slav Dimov earned his Master in Economics in 2009 from the University of Freiburg, Germany. He graduated at the IMTEK Freiburg with a Bachelor degree in Microsystems Engineering in 2015. During that time he was involved in research activities concerning the improvement of dry biosignal electrodes by the application of conductive polymers and investigated different electrode coating techniques. He was active at the Laboratory for Biomedical Microtechnology at the IMTEK under Prof. Thomas Stieglitz, Dr. Maria Asplund and Dr. Michael Tangermann. Slav Dimov joined g.tec medical engineering GmbH in 2015 and has organized and performed several workshops on new applications of BCIs for stroke and DOC patients.

Attilio Guarini

Attilio Guarini
Istituto Tumori Giovanni Paolo II – Bari – Italy

Attilio Guarini is the Director of the Hematology Unit and Advanced Laboratory of Cell Therapy at the National Cancer Institute “Giovanni Paolo II” of Bari. He was deputy director of Medical Oncology operational unit, of medical and experimental Oncology department (2013), and deputy Scientific Director (2015). Coordinator of the “Center for Clinical Trials” e “Clinical Guidelines and Mutidisciplinary Care” for accreditation of Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI).
He received the Medical Degree in 1983 and his postgraduation in “Laboratory and Clinical Hematology” (1986), “Medical Oncology” (1990) and “Cellular Characterization in Hematology and Oncology” (1991) at University of Bari.
His scientific interest has been mainly focused on the cellular characterization and bone marrow transplantation in Onco-hematology. In particular, his main clinical and research activity has been focused on diagnosis, biologic characterization and treatment of lymphomas. He has been principal investigator of several clinical trials and author of more than 150 scientific contributions published in national and international scientific journals. He is member of many scientific and clinical associations including SIE, GOIM, SIES, MOS, FIL, GIMEMA, IELSG, and coordinator of national clinical research project promoted by the Italian Ministry of Health, such as Smart Health-Cluster Osdh-Smart FSE-Staywell” PON04a2_C (innovation through ICT for health application) and CCM2014 (“Secondary prevention in lymphoma long- term survivors”)

Giuseppe Mastronardi

Department of Electrical and Information Engineering
Polytechnic of Bari

Giuseppe Mastronardi has a degree in Computer Science in 1976 at the University of Bari, where he was Assistant Professor of Computer Systems from 1977 to 1992. He was Associate Professor from 1992 to 2003 and, since 2003, he is Full Professor in the Scientific Sector of Information Processing Systems at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering (DEI) of the Politecnico di Bari, where he are teaching Medical Informatics and Data Security in the master’s degree of Computer and Electronics Engineering.
His research interests include digital forensics, biometrics, access control, data security and soft-computing techniques applied to pattern recognition (signals and images). He is currently busy in researches on the personal identification by means of voice, retinal fundus, ear and face recognition, especially in 3D, in collaboration with privates and government bodies involved in the national security. He collaborates since 1978 with Italian Courts and Criminal Prosecutors in investigations aimed at voice and face identifications.
He is responsible of the Industrial Informatics Laboratory at the Politecnico di Bari where he develops solutions for people and vehicles tracking, for physical and logical access control using biometric techniques, for medical IT solutions using IoT techniques, for virtual imaging and machine vision in health and industry applications.
Author of over 120 scientific papers published mainly in international journals, he coordinated several European research projects. He was also author of some patents (2 italian and 1 international) and he represents the Politecnico di Bari in some Research Consortia and Competence Centers for ICT and Medical Systems.
He is referee of several international conferences and he is member of the Scientific Committee of the Franco Angeli Editor IT Series and of the journal Mondo Digitale, published by AICA (Associazione Italiana for l’Informatica ed il Calcolo Automatico) of which he is now President. He is also member of various IT associations and he is senior adviser in the Apulian Informatics Production District.

Emanuele Ruffaldi

Assistant Professor in the TeCiP Institute, PERCRO Laboratory at
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Dr. Emanuele Ruffaldi is Assistant Professor at PERCRO Laboratory of the TeCIP Institute of SSSA. He received the Ph.D. in Perceptual Robotics from SSSA in 2006 and the Laurea degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Pisa in 2002. Before 2007, Dr. Ruffaldi has been Visiting Researcher at Biorobotics Laboratory at Stanford University and Visiting Scholar at the University College of London. Currently, Dr. Ruffaldi is member of the PERCRO division on Intelligent Automation Systems, where he is leading the group “Sensing, Modelling and Learning for Humans”. He is PI of the H2020 robotic project RAMCIP, FP7 project PELARS, participating to FP7 REMEDI, and has been WP leader in IP FP6 SKILLS. His research interests are in the field of virtual environments for robotics, machine learning and Human-Robot interaction. He has published 16 papers on ISI Journals, 10 book chapters, 78 peer-reviewed conferences. Dr Ruffaldi is the Dissemination Chair of the IEEE TC on Haptics since 2011, acting as Publicity Chair and Program Chair of WorldHaptics 2015 and 2017.


Carlo Alberto Avizzano

Carlo Alberto Avizzano
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa – Istituto TECIP – Italy

Carlo Alberto Avizzano (CAA) is the director since 2004 of the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory in Pisa with main research focus on Robotics, Virtual Reality and Telepresence systems. CAA got his diploma in Automation Engineering with full marks (Summa cum Laude) in 1995 with a thesis dealing on Internet Teleoperation. His PhD thesis was discusses in 1999 with a title “control systems for haptic devices”. During his studies he was also appointed as a selected student from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa.
Carlo Alberto Avizzano had numerous teaching as internal Lecturer and external Lecturer at University of Pisa. During his carreer he has been author/co-author of more than 180 papers on Journals and international peer reviewed conferences, and responsible for about 60 National and International projects.

Avizzano’s research interest deals with Robotics and Automation with a particular emphasis on simulator, telerobotics and training systems for experts. His research results have been applied to numerous project in civil and industrial application. A common aspects of these systems is the presence of increasing autonomy level that include the capability of mimicking the human motion, learning objects and environment relationships and showing independent intelligence and problem solving.

Loreto Gesualdo

Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation, Nephrology Unit
University of Bari – Aldo Moro
Loreto Gesualdo is the director of the Nephrology Residency Program at School of Medicine, his scientific interest has been mainly focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms in the pathogenesis of glomerulonephritis and in the progression of renal damage. He has extensive research experience in immunology of renal disease and renal cancer in relation to inflammation, renal fibrosis, immunotherapy, regenerative medicine. His group has contributed to major developments in the field of renal fibrosis. Next to clinical/nephrological research his focus is also in experimental models of animal disease (IgA nephropathy). These studies serve to analyze the mechanisms underlying the development and course of glomerular and interstitial inflammation in the kidney.
His recent research is aimed to search, using a proteomic approach, urinary biomarkers useful for the diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic outcome in several chronic kidney diseases (diabetic nephropathy, IgA nephropathy, Membranous GN).
In his Molecular Medicine laboratory are working more than 15 scientists involved in various fields of immunology, genetics, molecular biology, nephrology and chemistry. The lab is fully equipped with up to date research tools and apparatus. The group has access to core instruments (confocal microscopy, real-time PCR, dHPLC, Sequencing, 2D-electrophoresis, 2D-nanoLC/ESI/MS-MS, Flow-Cytometry). In the last 10 years, his lab received several research grants (PRIN, Cassa di Risparmio di Puglia, FIRB, Italian Ministry of Health, University of Foggia and Bari).

Claudio Babiloni

Claudio Babiloni
University of Rome “La Sapienza”

Dr. Babiloni received a Ph.D. in Biomedical sciences, and is Associate Professor of Physiology at the University of the Studies of Foggia (Italy). He is an experienced neurophysiologist with a special interest in the study of biological and neuroimaging underpinnings of cognitive-motor functions in humans (including elite athletes). He published more than 180 papers recorded in PubMed on Neurophysiology and Clinical Neurophysiology, many of them on quantitative EEG.
He is the principal investigator (P.I.) of the Research Unit of the University of Foggia (Italy) in the IMI Joint undertaking 2008 project entitled “Prediction of cognitive properties of new drug candidates for neurodegenerative diseases in early clinical development” (“PharmaCog”; Partner 12), focused on the development of screening guidelines and diagnostic criteria and drug discovery for Alzheimer disease (AD). In the framework of PharmaCog, Prof. Babiloni is the leader of the EEG data analysis modules across work packages dealing with human and animal models.
He is also the principal investigator (P.I.) of the Research Unit of the University of Foggia (Italy) in the FP7-infrastructures-2010 ICT project entitled “Diagnostic enhancement of confidence by an international distributed environment” (“Decide”; Partner 7), focused on the development of a GRID-computing e-infrastructure for the storage and analysis of magnetic resonance, positron emission tomography, and EEG neuroimages for the instrumental evaluation of MCI and AD subjects. In the framework of “DECIDE”, Prof. Babiloni is the leader of the EEG data analysis modules across work packages dealing with MCI and AD subjects. Finally, he is the principal investigator (P.I.) of the Research Unit of the University of Foggia (Italy) in three projected on EEG and Alzheimer’s disease granted by the Italian Ministry of Health (Strategic programme 2009-2011, Young research programme “Claudio Del Percio” 2010-2012, Young research programme “Fabrizio Vecchio” 2010-2012).

Marina de Tommaso

Marina de Tommaso
Department of Basic Medical Sciences, neurosciences and sense organs University of Bari

Coordinator of the diploma in neurophysiopathology tecniques. She is author of120 pubblications in extenso, concerning the field of Clinical Neurophysiology , Clinical Neurology, Epilepsy, Dementia, Huntington’s disease and Headache
Associate Professor of Neurology at the Basic Medical Sciences, Neuroscience and Sensory System Department, Bari Aldo Moro University
Researcher at the Psychiatric and Neurologic Sciences Department of the Bari University , head of the Neurophysiologic Laboratory of the Nervous System Diseases Section
Title of Research Doctor in Human Relational Sciences
Specialised in Phisioterapy with full marks cum laude at Bari University
Specialised in Neurology with full marks cum laude at Bari University
Graduated in Medicine with full marks cum laude at Bari University
Title of Research Doctor in Human Relational Sciences

Antonio Frisoli

PERCRO Laboratory, TeCIP Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa)
Antonio Frisoli (Eng., PhD) is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, where he is the head of the Human-Robot Interaction area at PERCRO laboratory. He received his PhD (2002) with honors in Industrial and Information Engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy and the MSc (1998) in Mechanical Engineering, minor Robotics, from University of Pisa-Italy and in Industrial Engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (1998). He has beenthe former chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics (2012-2014, awarded as the most active technical committee from IEEE RAS). Antonio Frisoli’s research interests are in the field on design and control of wearable haptics and robots cooperating with humans, upper and lower limb exoskeletons for rehabilitation robotics and human motor control, virtual reality, advanced human computer interfaces for training, Brain Computer Interfaces. Currently he is studying new designs for exoskeletons systems, portable fingertip haptics and new brain-robot interfaces. He is author of more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed international conferences and scientific journals.

Herman van der Kooij

Herman van der Kooij
University of Twente, The Netherlands
Prof. Dr. ir. Herman van der Kooij, (1970) received his Phd with honors (cum laude) in 2000 and is professor in Biomechatronics and Rehabilitation Technology at the Department of Biomechanical Engineering at the University of Twente (0.8 fte), and Delft University of Technology (0.2fte), the Netherlands. His expertise and interests are in the field of human motor control, adaptation, and learning, rehabilitation robots, diagnostic, and assistive robotics, virtual reality, rehabilitation medicine, and neuro computational modeling. He has published over 150 publications in the area of biomechatronics and human motor control. He has directed approximately € 12 million in research, from which he gained expertise in the management of (inter)national medium-scale projects. He was awarded the prestigious Dutch VIDI and VICI grants in 2001 and 2015 respectively. He is associate editor of IEEE TBME and IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, member of IEEE EMBS technical committee of Biorobotics, and was member of several scientific program committees in the field of rehabilitation robotics, bio robotics, and assistive devices. He is co-group leader of the technology development for new rehabilitation robotics workgroup of the Cost Action European Network on Robotics for NeuroRehabilitation. He is member of the program committee of the Duch IMDI core on Neurocontrol, and of the NeuroSipe program. He is the coordinator of the FP7 project Symbitron.

Nikos Tsagarakis

Nikos Tsagarakis
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Nikos Tsagarakis is tenured Senior Scientist at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and Head of Humanoid and Human Centred Mechatronics group with overall responsibility for Humanoid design & Human Centred Mechatronics development. His research expertise includes Humanoid Robots, Mechanism Design, Compliant and Variable Impedance Actuators, Human Centred/Friendly Mechatronics of soft robotic arm/leg and wearable assistive devices and exoskeletons for power augmentation. He is an author or co-author of over 250 papers in research journals and at international conferences and holds 16 patents. He has received the Best Jubilee Video Award at IROS (2012), the 2009 PE Publishing Award from the Journal of Systems and Control Engineering and prizes for Best Paper at ICAR (2003) and the Best Student Paper Award at Robio (2013). He was also a finalist for Best Entertainment Robots and Systems – 20th Anniversary Award at IROS (2007) and finalist for the Best Manipulation paper at ICRA (2012), the Best Conference Paper at Humanoids (2012 ), the Best Student Papers at Robio (2013) and ICINCO (2014) and Best Interactive paper at Humanoids (2015). He has been in the Program Committee of over 60 international conferences including IEEE ICRA, IROS, RSS, HUMANOIDS BIOROB and ICAR. Nikos Tsagarakis is Technical Editor of IEEE/ASME Transactions in Mechatronics and Senior Editor of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. Since 2013 he is also serving as a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Robotics Research (CORE), Department of Informatics, King’s College University, London, UK.

Nicola Vitiello

The Biorobotics Institute
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa)
Nicola Vitiello received the MSc degree in biomedical engineering (cum laude) from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2006, and from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Pisa, Italy, in 2007. He also received the PhD degree in Biorobotics from SSSA, Pisa, Italy, in 2010. He is currently Associate Professor with The BioRobotics Institute, SSSA where he leads the Wearable Robotics Laboratory. He is the author or co-author of 45 ISI/Scopus papers, 40 peer-review conference proceedings papers and 10 patent applications. He is also guest editor of three (two closed, one still open) special issues (SI) on three different prestigious ISI journals: (i) SI entitled “Wearable Robotics for motion assistance and rehabilitation” on Robotics and Autonomous Systems, (ii) SI entitled “Wearable Robotics for motion assistance and rehabilitation” on IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, and (iii) SI entitled “Bioinspired Motor Control – Biology Meets Robotics” on IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (published on March 2016). In the last five years he served as Referee for more than ten different ISI journals. He has served as the Scientific Secretary of the EU FP7 CA-RoboCom project, and he was the scientific project coordinator of the EU FP7 CYBERLEGs project and the EARLYREHAB project funded by Regione Toscana. Currently he is the scientific project coordinator of the IUVO research project funded by a local bank Foundation, namely “Fondazione Pisa”, and Partner of the H2020-ICT-AIDE project. His interests include the development, experimental validation and maturation of novel wearable robotic devices for human motion assistance and rehabilitation. On November 2014, SSSA gave him the permission to found the spin-off company IUVO S.R.L with the ultimate goal to progressively mature and bring on the market the wearable robots developed within the Wearable Laboratory he leads. IUVO S.R.L. was founded on January 2015.

Robert Fisher

Robert Fisher
School of Informatics, Univ. of Edinburgh – UK

Prof. Robert B. Fisher FIAPR, FBMVA received a BS (Mathematics, California Institute of Technology, 1974), MS (Computer Science,Stanford, 1978) and a PhD (Edinburgh, 1987).
Since then, Bob has been an academic at Edinburgh University,now as Professor. He has been Dean of Research in the College of Science and Engineering. His research covers topics in high level and 3D computer vision, focusing on reconstructing geometric models from existing examples, which contributed to a spin-off company, Dimensional Imaging. More recently, he has also been researching video sequence understanding, in particular attempting to understand observed animal behaviour. The research has led to 14 authored or edited books and more than 260 peer-reviewed scientific articles or book chapters.
He has developed several on-line computer vision resources, with over 1 million hits, including the CVonline and HIPR2 resources. He has been the coordinator of a number of EC projects, including Fish4Knowledge (acquiring and analysing video data of 1.4 billion fish from over about 20 camera-years of undersea video of tropical coral reefs) and currently TrimBot2020 (developing a robot hedge-trimmer). He has helped organise a number of conferences, including general chair of BMVC 1996 and 2006. His research has contributed to a startup company (Dimensional Imaging) and a medical tablet app.
He is a Fellow of the Int. Association for Pattern Recognition (2008) and the British Machine Vision Association (2010).