Keynote Speakers

Diane Atkins
Diane AtkinsKeynote: Physical and Occupational Therapy in Upper Limb Amputee Rehabilitation
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Baylor College of Medicine Houston, Texas, US

Diane is an internationally recognized occupational therapist specializing in upper limb amputee rehabilitation. She has worked with over 2000 children and adults with amputations and has lectured extensively throughout the US and abroad in areas relating to the evaluation, treatment, training and functional outcomes of individuals with unilateral and bilateral limb loss. She has been a co-investigator in several grants sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Veterans Administration and NASA.
In advance of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Diane was asked by the United States Surgeon General to present several courses for the clinical rehabilitation teams at Walter Reed and Brooke Army Medical Centers regarding the management and care of soldiers who had sustained upper limb loss.
Diane is the co-editor and contributing author of 2 text books relating to the comprehensive management of children and adults with upper extremity amputation and has written several journal articles as well. She is a Fellow in the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) and Honorary Member in the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics (AAOP).
Diane is currently pursuing a research project that is comparing the functional and quality of life outcomes of individuals fit with state-of-the-art electric hands and those receiving unilateral and bilateral hand transplants in the United States and Europe. She has presented this topic to international audiences of hand, plastic and vascularized composite allotransplantation(VCA) surgeons.

Rickard Brånemark
Rickard BrånemarkKeynote: Osseointegration
Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, US

Rickard Brånemark was Director of the Center of Orthopaedic Osseointegration at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, between 1999-2014. Performed more than 200 surgeries using a novel percutaneous osseointegrated prosthetic system for the treatment of amputees. Lead surgeon for a team that in 2013 for the first time in the world implanted muscle and nerve electrodes in an amputee with an osseointegrated implant to improve the control of the prosthetic arm. Presently visiting associate professor at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and co-director for the international Center for Osseointegration Research, Education and Surgery (iCORES) at University of California, San Francisco.

Paul S. Cederna
Paul S. CedernaKeynote: Implantable Sensors
Chief, Section of Plastic Surgery Robert Oneal Professor of Plastic Surgery Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering University of Michigan, US

President, Plastic Surgery Foundation
Board of Directors, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Past-President, Plastic Surgery Research Council
Past-President, American Soceity for Peripheral Nerve

Paul S. Cederna, M.D. is the Robert Oneal Professor of Plastic Surgery, Chief of the Section of Plastic Surgery, and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan who specializes in reconstruction of complex wounds. By combining his clinical training in general surgery, microsurgery, and plastic surgery and background in biomedical engineering, he is able to incorporate creative solutions with technically challenging operations to solve the most difficult problems resulting from trauma, cancer, or burns. Academically, Dr. Cederna has a very active research enterprise directing the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan. Dr. Cederna has received over $26,000,000 in direct research funding, authored over 180 scientific manuscripts, published 22 book chapters, presented his work over 600 times at national and international meetings, and has been asked to give over 300 extramural presentations. He has received over 65 national research awards. Dr. Cederna has been the Chairman of the Plastic Surgery Research Council, President of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, President of the Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgeons, and is on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is currently President for the Plastic Surgery Foundation.

Dario Farina
Dario FarinaKeynote: Signalextraction/Interpretation
Professor and Chair in Neurorehabilitation Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, London, UK

Dario Farina received Ph.D. degrees in automatic control and computer science and in electronics and communications engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Nantes, France, and Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 2001 and 2002, respectively. He is currently Full Professor and Chair in Neurorehabilitation Engineering at the Department of Bioengineering of the Imperial College London, UK. He has previously been Full Professor at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, (until 2010) and at the University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany, where he has been founding Director of the Institute of Neurorehabilitation Systems (2010-2016) and the Chair in Neuroinformatics of the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology Göttingen (2010-2015). Among other awards, he has been the recipient of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, of the 2010 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Early Career Achievement Award, in 2012 he has been elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and in 2014-2015 he has been Distinguished Lecturer IEEE. His research focuses on biomedical signal processing, neurorehabilitation technology, and neural control of movement. Within these areas, he has (co)-authored more than 400 papers in peer-reviewed Journals, which have currently received cumulatively more than 19,000 citations, and over 500 among conference papers/abstracts, book chapters, and encyclopaedia contributions. Professor Farina has been the President of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) (2012-2014) and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the official Journal of this Society, the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. He is also currently an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and for the Journal of Physiology, and previously covered editorial roles in several other Journals.

Levi Hargrove
Levi HargroveKeynote: Feedback Driven Control
Director of the Neural Engineering for Prosthetic and Orthotics Laboratory at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), US

Levi J. Hargrove, PhD, P.Eng, received his MScE and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick (2005, 2008).
He is currently the Director of Center for Bionic Medicine at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.

His research interests include signal processing, pattern recognition, and myoelectric control of powered prostheses. A major goal of his research is to develop clinically realizable myoelectric control systems that can be made available to persons with limb loss in the near future.

In 2012, Dr. Hargrove co-founded Coapt, a company to commercialize control algorithms for prosthetics and orthotics. His research addresses all levels of amputation and has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine and has resulted in multiple patents. Key projects include the development of advanced and adaptive control systems for prosthetic legs, improving control of robotic hand prostheses, and intramuscular EMG signal processing.

Todd Kuiken
Todd KuikenKeynote: TMR and Advanced Control Algorithms
Director, Center for Bionic Medicine (CBM)

Dr. Todd A. Kuiken, MD, PhD received a B.S. degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University (1983), a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (1989), and his M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School (1990).

At the Center for Bionic Medicine (CBM), Dr. Kuiken leads a multidisciplinary team of prosthetists, therapists, neuroscientists, engineers, software developers, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers. The goal of CBM is to improve the function and quality of life for individuals with limb loss and other physical disabilities. This combination of clinical and research expertise provides a unique environment to translate research data into clinical applications.
In addition to his work at CBM, Dr. Kuiken is a Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Biomedical Engineering, and Surgery at Northwestern University.

The primary focus of Dr. Kuiken’s research has been to develop a neural-machine interface to improve the function of artificial limbs. He is best known for his research in developing a surgical technique called Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR), which is now a standard procedure and has been performed in hospitals worldwide.

Peter Kyberd
Peter KyberdKeynote: Outcome Research
Head of Department, Professor of Rehabilitation Cybernetics, Department of Engineering Science, Faculty of Engineering & Science, University of Greenwich, UK

Peter J. Kyberd received his Ph.D. from Southampton University, Southampton, U.K. It studied the control of a multifunction prosthetic hand, and included creating the first microprocessor controlled prosthetic hand to be worn by a user in the field.

Throughout the 1990s, he worked at the Oxford Orthopaedic Engineering Centre, (Oxford University) where he was involved in a verity of orthopaedic projects including two projects funded by the European Union investigating aspects of the design and control of prosthetic arms. The team fitted the first prosthetic limb to be controlled by a serial bus and used in the field in 1998, the successor to arm continues to be in use. From 2000, he was a Lecturer at the Cybernetics Department of Reading University in the U.K. where he was part of a team that performed the first implant of a bi-directional nerve sensor on a healthy human being.

In 2003, he took up a Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation Cybernetics at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, where he conducted research in the clinical application of intelligent prosthetic arms and was part of the Upper Limb Prosthetics Outcome Measures Group, promoting the use of validated and standardised tools of prosthetic assessment. In 2015 he became the Head of the Engineering Science Department of the University of Greenwich in the UK.

Dustin Tyler
Dustin TylerKeynote: Sensory Feedback
Kent H. Smith Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, US

Associate Director, Advanced Platform Technology Center (APT), Louis Stokes Cleveland Dept Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Dustin J. Tyler, Ph.D. is the Kent H. Smith Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He has a secondary appointment as a principal investigator at the Louis-Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center (LSCDVAMC) and is the Associate Director of the Advanced Platform for Technology Center, a Department of Veteran’s Affairs Rehabilitation Research & Development National Center. Dr. Tyler has over 25 years of experience advancing neuromodulation technology with extensive publications, patents, and popular media coverage of his work. He holds the Kent H. Smith endowed professorship at Case Western Reserve University and has a prestigious Research Career Scientist award from the Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development service. Dr. Tyler has previously held the Nord Distinguished Assistant Professorship and the Elmer Lincoln Lindseth Associate Professorships at Case Western Reserve University. In 2017 he was inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) – an invited membership representing the top 2% of engineers in the field. Dr. Tyler was awarded the Neurotechnology Researcher of the Year award in 2015. He has had more than $26M in funding from the VA, NIH, NSF, and DARPA and more than 16 active US and international patents. He has published in Science, Nature:Nanotechnology, Science Translational Medicine, and many other discipline specific journals. Dr. Tyler’s expertise and interests include feasibility clinical trials of Class III medical devices with emphasis on neural interfaces for prosthetic systems; acute and chronic pre-clinical studies in small and large mammalian models, and computational neuroscience. His research activity ranges from early technology innovation to clinical implementation of neural interface devices and systems; application of neural interfaces for restoration of natural sensation and control in limb loss; neuromimetic devices and materials; MEMS technology applied to development of advanced neural devices; neuromodulation system development; computational neural modeling; neural prostheses for restoration of lost function in physically intact, but neurologically impaired individuals; and neural prostheses for head and neck applications. Prior to his academic research career, Dr. Tyler spent several years in the commercial sector commercializing neural prosthesis for restoration of function in spinal cord injured and stroke patients. He led research and development efforts for neuromodulation of patients with dysphagia, as well as, managing the development of clinical programming software for Class III medical devices.