Iulian Iordachita - Johns Hopkins University, USA

Iulian I. Iordachita (IEEE M'08, S'14) is a research faculty within the Mechanical Engineering Department, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, faculty member of the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR), and the director of the Advanced Medical Instrumentation and Robotics Research Laboratory (AMIRo). He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Craiova, Romania. He has been editor for the Journal of Medical Robotics Research and guest editor for Sensor, MDPI, special issues on sensors for medical applications. His current research interests include medical robotics, image guided surgery, robotics, smart surgical tools, and medical instrumentation.

Website: https://engineering.jhu.edu/faculty/iordachita-iulian/

Keynote Presentation:

Enabling technology for safe robot-assisted retinal surgery

Dan Marghitu - Auburn University, USA

Dan B. Marghitu is a professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering at Auburn University, US He holds a Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas and a DEA from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France. Dan B. Marghitu has published over 70 research papers in journals and he has authored or co-authored 6 textbooks in the areas of dynamics, robotics, and mechanisms. He has done work in impact dynamics with applications to robotics systems and nonlinear dynamics with application to human and animal locomotion Dan B. Marghitu has been a PI/Co-PI of funded projects and has organized and chaired many international conferences. 

Website: http://www.eng.auburn.edu/~marghitu/

Keynote Presentation:

The Dynamics of Equine Locomotion

Ines Pires - Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

Professor Inês is assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering Department, Manufacturing Technologies Group, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, since 2003. Has 20 years of experience in welding and joining, additive technologies and plastic processing. Diploma of Materials Engineering in 1994 from the Lisbon Technical University - Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST). MSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1997; PhD in Mechanical Engineering, in 2003, from the Lisbon Technical University - Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST). As University professor Inês Pires has coordinated and participated in several European and National Projects and Published some papers in international journal, and international conferences. Has received the  Kape Memorial Medal, the Institute of Metal Finishing, Aluminium Finishing Group, 2000.

Orcid: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7937-523X

Website: https://fenix.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/homepage/ist13787

Keynote Presentation:

Plastic parts injection moulding simulation

Doina Pisla - Tehnical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Professor Doina PISLA is currently the Director of Council for University Doctoral Studies within the University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania and the Director of the Research Center for Robots Simulation and Testing - CESTER within the same university. Professor Doina PISLA obtained her PhD within the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in 1997. Following an academic carrier she became full professor at the Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering in 2005, teaching lectures in Modelling and Simulation of Robots and Medical Robotics. Prof. Pisla's research activity is focused mainly on the field of Robotics and Mechatronics, with emphasis on the Kinematics and Dynamics of parallel robots, Development of innovative medical robots, Reconfigurable structures. As a result of her scientific activity, prof. Pisla published over 150 peer-reviewed full papers in scientific journals and conferences, co-authored over 10 patents. She has been director or key member of more than 50 international and national projects. In the meanwhile she served in boards and program committees of various international conferences and congresses, being currently member of the Technical Committee for Computational Kinematics and for Biomechanical Engineering of IFToMM.

Website: https://cester.utcluj.ro/images/team/doina_pisla_cv.pdf

Keynote Presentation:

New Challenges in Medical Robotics

Cornel Stan - West Saxon University of Zwickau, Germany

Professor Cornel Stan is the Honorary President of the Research and Technology Association at the West Saxon University of Zwickau, Germany. He received the Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering from the Technical University of Bucharest, Romania in 1976, the PhD. in Internal Combustion Engines in 1984 and the Doctor of Sciences Degree in 1989 from the University of Zwickau, Germany. Professor Stan gives lectures in Applied Thermodynamics, Internal Combustion Engines and Alternative Propulsion Systems at the West Saxon University of Zwickau, Germany as well as in the Universities of Berkeley (USA), Paris (F), Pisa (I), Perugia (I), Kronstadt (Ro), Constanta (Ro). The research fields of Professor Stan comprise the Automotive Propulsion Systems, the Direct Injection Systems, the Simulation of Thermodynamic Processes, Combustion Processes, Alternative Fuels and the Energy Management on Board of Automobiles. He is author or co-author of 30 books in Germany and in the USA as well as of 150 technical papers and 40 patents. Cornel Stan is Honorary Professor and Doctor Honoris Causa of the Universities Transylvania of Brasov and Ovidius of Constanta, Romania, Russel Severance Springer Professor of Mechanical Engineering 2005/2006 at the Berkeley University of California, USA and Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers - SAE International.

Keynote Presentation:

Auto-Mobility for the future - functional and technical development

Corina Tarnita - Princeton University, USA

Corina Tarnita joined the Princeton faculty in February 2013. She is Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University Previously she was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows (2010-2012) and a postdoctoral researcher with the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard University (2009-2010). She obtained her B.A.(2006) (Magna cum Laudae with Highest Honors in Mathematics), M.A.(2008) and PhD (2009)- HighBridge prize for best PhD thesis in Mathematics from Harvard University She is an ESA Early Career Fellow, a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow Her work is centered around the emergence of complex behavior out of simple interactions, across spatia and temporal scales.

Website: http://scholar.princeton.edu/ctarnita/

Keynote Presentation:

Self-organization and robustness in biological systems; insights for bioinspired design

Gabriel Gruionu - Indiana University School of Medicine, Krannert Institute of Cardiology, USA

Dr. Gruionu earned his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Arizona in 2004 and since then he gained an extensive medical product R&D experience as a product specialist in the Medical Product Division of W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. While at Gore he supported a portfolio of five cardiac surgical products and two new development projects that are now commercialized worldwide. Since 2009 Dr. Gruionu advised several faculty members from the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Massachusetts General Hospital on developing medical products in academia. Dr. Gruionu is currently the PI and Co-PI on two basic science research and medical product development grants in Romania and the US. Until recently, he was the Director of Innovation the Trauma and Emergency Medicine Innovation Program at MGH and Harvard University, President of the Boston Industry Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society and co-founder of three medical device startup companies. In present, he is Research Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiovascular IP Development at Indiana University School of Medicine, Krannert Institute of Cardiology.

Website: https://medicine.iu.edu/faculty/20268/gruionu-gabriel

Keynote Presentation:

Image-Guided Robotic System for Medical Applications

Lucian Gruionu - Laboratory of Microtechnologies and Medical Engineering, University of Craiova, Romania

Lucian GRUIONU is Professor, Hab. Dr. Eng., Director of the Laboratory of Microtechnologies and Medical Engineering, and Doctoral Advisor at University of Craiova, Romania. Dr. Gruionu earned his Ph.D. degree in Mechanics in 2004 from the University „Politechnica” from Bucharest and since then his research is focused on biomedical engineering, innovation in medicine, biomechanics and medical instruments and systems development. He trained in medical robotics and interventional radiology at the Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University, USA, he was director for two international and 12 national funded research grants, and participated in other 9 national and international research grants. He founded three biomedical engineering R&D start-ups, published over 120 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals and conferences, and he is inventor for 2 internationals and one national patents in biomedical engineering and medical robotics.

Website: http://mecanica.ucv.ro/Organizare/Departamente/WebSiteATII/Cadre/Individuale/GruionuL.html

Keynote Presentation:

Image-Guided Robotic System for Medical Applications