Advisory Board

Dal 15 ottobre 2020 l'OT Bioelettronica annuncia la creazione dell'Advisory Board

Dario Farina

He 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, respectively, and an Honorary Doctorate degree in Medicine from Aalborg University, Denmark. He is currently Full Professor and Chair in Neurorehabilitation Engineering at the Department of Bioengineering of 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 founded and directed the Department of Neurorehabilitation Systems (2010-2016), acting as the Chair in Neuroinformatics of the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology Göttingen. His research focuses on biomedical signal processing, neurorehabilitation technology, and neural control of movement. Within these areas, he has (co)-authored more than 500 papers in peer-reviewed Journals. He has also been the Editor of the IEEE/Wiley books “Introduction to Neural Engineering for Motor Rehabilitation” and “Surface Electromyography: physiology, engineering and applications”, and of the Springer book “Bionic Limb reconstruction”. Among other awards, he has been the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Early Career Achievement Award and received the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2016. 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 Science Advances, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics, the Journal of Physiology, Wearable Technologies, and IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering. He has been elected Fellow IEEE, AIMBE, ISEK, and EAMBES.

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Roger Enoka

He completed undergraduate training in physical education at the University of Otago in New Zealand (1968-1970) prior to obtaining an MS degree in biomechanics and a PhD in kinesiology from the University of Washington in Seattle (1974-1981).  He subsequently held faculty positions in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science and the Department of Physiology at the University of Arizona in Tucson (1981-1993) and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (1993-1996).  He is currently professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology (1996-present).  He also has adjoint appointments as professor in the Department of Medicine (Geriatrics) and the Department of Neurology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
Dr. Enoka is a motor unit physiologist who characterizes changes in motor function as a consequence of adjustments in the activity of motor-unit populations.  Current themes in his laboratory include: (1) identifying age-associated adaptations that contribute to declines in manual dexterity and walking performance; (2) evaluating the capacity of electrical nerve stimulation to improve mobility and dexterity in persons with multiple sclerosis.

Kohei Watanabe

Professor of Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Director of Laboratory of neuromuscular biomechanics) at Chukyo University, Nagoya, Japan. He received M.S. degree from Nippon Sports Science University in 2007 and the PhD degree from Nagoya University in 2010. From 2010 to 2011, he was working at Laboratory of Applied Physiology, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University as a Postdoctoral researcher of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. In 2011, he was also working at Laboratory for Engineering of the Neuromuscular System (LISiN) of Politecnico di Torino, Italy as a visiting researcher. In 2012 he was appointed as Associate Professor of School of International Liberal Studies at Chukyo University, Japan.  In 2020, he was assigned as Professor Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Chukyo University, Japan.  He worked as ISEK council from 2012 to 2014 and 2016 to 2022 and takes on congress chair of ISEK2020 (Online conference).  His research interest is effect of aging on neuromuscular function and its countermeasures.

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José L. Pons

Professor Pons graduated in Mechanical Engineering, Universidad de Navarra, Spain in 1992, and obtained a MSc in Information Technologies, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, 1994. In 1996, he earned his PhD in Physics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, for his research work on dynamic optimization of robot mechanisms, addressing concepts related to quasi-statically balancing mechanical mechanisms against gravity and quasi-exact linearization of the equations of motion of robots for simplified control. In 1999, he was awarded a position as Tenured Scientist at the Spanish National Research Council, in 2007 a position as Research Scientist at the Centre for Robotics and Automation (CAR) and in 2008 a position as Full Professor at CAR. In July 2014, he was appointed Full Professor at Cajal Institute, where he led the Department of Translational Neuroscience and the laboratory for Neurorehabilitation. Dr. Pons currently serves as the Scientific Chair of the Legs & Walking AbilityLab at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). In addition to his research leadership role at SRAlab, he holds appointments as Professor at the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine and at the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University. José L. Pons is interested in the study and understanding of how central and peripheral neuro-motor and neuro-cognitive mechanisms are orchestrated for the emergence of (motor) function. This includes the study of how sensory technology and processing can be used for an objective assessment of these mechanisms and functions. This line of research is also then used to get an insight on the neuromotor system, which can inform better technology-based interventions.

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