Keynote Speakers

We can already introduce the first keynote speakers that will give an inspirational lecture during the Soft Robotics Winterschool. More keynote speakers will follow.

 
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Barbara Mazzolai

Barbara Mazzolai is Associate Director for Robotics and Director of the Bioinspired Soft Robotics Laboratory at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). From February 2011 to March 2021 she was the Director of the IIT Center for Micro-BioRobotics. She graduated in Biology (with Honours) at the University of Pisa, Italy, and received the Ph.D. in Microsystems Engineering from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. She was Deputy Director for the Supervision and Organization of the IIT Centers Network from July 2012 to 2017. From January to July 2017 she was Visiting Faculty at Aerial Robotics Lab, Department of Aeronautics, of Imperial College of London. She is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Tübingen and Stuttgart, Germany) and member of the Advisory Committee of the Cluster on Living Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems - livMatS (Freiburg, Germany). In 2020, she has obtained the Italian National Scientific Qualification of Full Professor in Bioengineering. Her research activity is in the field of bioinspired soft robotics, combining biology and engineering for advancing technological innovation and scientific knowledge. In particular, she focuses her investigations on plants and invertebrate animals. Pioneer of the field of plant-inspired robotics, she was the Coordinator of the EU FET-Open PLANTOID project and developed the first robot inspired by plants. Currently she coordinates the EU FET-Proactive Projects GrowBot and I-Seed. In May 2021, she has started her European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant “I-Wood, Forest Intelligence: robotic networks inspired by the Wood Wide Web”. She has received various awards for her work, including the Marisa Bellisario Award and the Medal of the Italian Senate. She is author and co-author of more than 260 papers appeared in international journals, books, and conference proceedings. She published her popular science books “La Natura Geniale” (The Ingenious Nature) in 2019 and “Il futuro raccontato dalle piante” (The Future Told By Plants) in 2021 (ed. Longanesi).

More Confirmed Speakers

  • Guillermo Amador – Experimental Zoology group, Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands

  • Florian Muijres – Experimental Zoology group, Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands

  • Julian Langowski – Experimental Zoology group, Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands

  • Miguel Bessa – Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

  • Mohammad Mirzaali – Dept. of Biomechanical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

  • Sebastien Callens – Dept. of Biomechanical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

  • Ali Sadeghi – Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente, the Netherlands

  • Kaspar Jansen – Dept. of Sustainable Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

  • Rob Scharff – Bioinspired Soft Robotics group, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy

  • Michaël Wiertlewski – Cognitive Robotics group, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

  • Bas Overvelde – Institute for Complex Molecular Systems and Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

  • Saravana Babu - Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Instituttet, SDU Biorobotics, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

  • Paul Breedveld – Dept. of Biomechanical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

  • Preeti Sharma – Dept. of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences, Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands

  • Cosimo Della Santina, Dept. of Cognitive Robotics, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

  • Aimée Sakes – Dept. of Biomechanical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

  • Herman van der Kooij – Dept. of Biomechanical Engineering, University of Twente, The Netherlands

  • Ali Leylavi Shoushtari – Dept. of Plant Sciences, Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands

  • Guoxin Fang – Dept. of Sustainable Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

  • Jun Wu – Dept. of Sustainable Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

  • Emmanuel van der Poorten, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium

  • Irene Kuling – Dynamics & Control group, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

  • Benno Hendriks – Dept. of Biomechanical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

  • Gijs van Soest, Thorax Center, Erasmus MC, The Netherlands

  • Joppe van Dijk, Dental Robotics, The Netherlands

  • Julian Jagtenberg, Somnox, The Netherlands

  • Jules Scheltes, DEAM, The Netherlands

  • Diana Skopina, Materialise, Belgium

  • Marta Scali, Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center, The Netherlands

  • Jan Koudijzer, Festo BV, The Netherlands