Presentations for the Second DEMOVE Symposium




External Speaker:


Talk: "Non-invasive control and sensory feedback in hand prostheses"  

Christian Cipriani received the M.Sc. degree in electronic engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2004 and the Ph.D. in BioRobotics from the IMT Institute for advanced studies, Lucca, Italy in 2008.

He is currently an Assistant Professor and Head of the Artificial Hands Laboratory at The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy. He is the Coordinator and PI of the MY-HAND Project (no. RBFR10VCLD) funded by the Italian Ministry of Research and of the WAY Project (ICT #288551) funded by the European Commission. He was Visiting Scientist at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, in 2012, and he founded a spin-off company, in 2009. His research interests cover mechatronic, controllability and sensory feedback issues of dexterous robotic hands to be used as thought-controlled prostheses. Dr. Cipriani won the d’Auria Award for prototypes of innovative robotic devices to aid the motor disabled from the Italian Robotics and Automation Association, in 2009. In 2011 he was awarded with an early career grant (FIRB program) by the Italian Ministry of Research and with a Fulbright Research Scholar fellowship. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.


Talk: "Accurate and precise online assessment of muscle control strategies"

Ales Holobar received his PhD in computer science from University of Maribor, Slovenia, in 2004. From 2005 to 2009, he was with Laboratory of Engineering of Neuromuscular System and Motor Rehabilitation at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. From 2009, he is with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor. He has been appointed Associate Professor in Computer Science in 2011. Prof. Holobar is member of the Council of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) since 2011 and member of IEEE since 1999, the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) since 2004 and The International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) since 2004. His main research interests include information and signal processing with current activities focused on source separation, biomedical signal processing and neurorehabilitation.


Talk: "Fine tuning the final common path: molecular determinants of motor neuron functional specification and plasticity"

Till Marquardt is head and principal investigator of the Developmental Neurobiology Laboratory at the European Neuroscience Institute, which is affiliated with the University Medical Center Goettingen and the Max-Planck Society. He is currently recipient of a European Research Council (ERC) consolidator grant and a past recipient of an Emmy Noether starting grant. His work focuses on two aspects of nervous system development and function by using the neuromuscular system of the mouse as a model: the assembly of nerve tracts and circuits through axon-axon signaling (1) and molecular pathways promoting motor neuron functional diversity and its contribution to the neural control of movement (2). To this end, his research team employs transcriptome profiling, selective gene manipulation, electrophysiological or optogenetic interrogation and behavior phenotyping.


Talk: "Interlimb communication during human locomotion: a role for commissural interneurons"

Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting obtained the MEd degree in Human Movement Science from the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, in 1997, and the PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark in 2005. In 2005-2007 she has been a Lecturer at the Department of Sport and Exercise Science, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand and in 2007-2009 an Assistant Professor in Motor Control at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. Since 2009 she is Associate Professor at the Department of Health Science and Technology at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. There she is the head of two laboratories, the Motor Control Laboratory and the Neuroplasticity Laboratory. She acts as referee for numerous journals. The main research interest of the author is focused on the role of feedback from muscle afferents in both motor control and neural plasticity.


Talk: "Translational engineering in exoskeletal robotics for neurorehabilitation"

Jose Pons obtained his PhD in Physics, Universidad Complutense Madrid, in 1997. In 1998 he was appointed as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Industrial Automation of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research, CSIC. In 1999 he was awarded a position as Tenured Scientist, in 2007 a position as Research Scientist and eventually in 2008 a position as Full Professor, all of them at the same institution. Along these last ten years of research, Prof. Pons has also served as lecturer in Polytechnic University of Madrid (Robotics and Advanced Sensors and Actuators), Alfonso X El Sabio University (Systems theory and Control), Alcalá de Henares University (Robotics and Advanced Actuators).


Talk: "Biophysical simulating motor unit recruitment of skeletal muscles"

Oliver Röhrle is Professor for “Continuum Biomechanics and Mechanobiology” at the Cluster of Excellence for Simulation Technology at the University of Stuttgart, Germany and an ATTRACT group leader for the “Virtual Orthopedic Lab” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Fraunhofer IPA) in Stuttgart. He received a Master of Science in Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, USA (1999) and his Diplom in “Wirtschaftsmathematik” at the University of Ulm (2000). After his PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA (2004), he spent 4 years as a research scientist at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. He received the Richard von Mises prize of the GAMM in 2011 and is an ERC Starting Grant recipient (2012) on „LEAD – Lower Extremity Amputee Dynamics”. His research focuses on computational modelling of soft tissues, in particular on modelling the chemo-electro-mechanical behaviour of skeletal muscles.


Talk: "Miniaturized neural interfaces and implants"

Thomas Stieglitz is Professor and Chair of the Laboratory for Biomedical Microtechnology at the Albert-Ludwig-University Freiburg in the Department of Microsystems Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering. He is also member of the Bernstein Center Freiburg and the Research Cluster of Excellence “BrainLinks-BrainTools” (ExC 1086) of the University of Freiburg. He is founding member of the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society (IFESS) and Senior member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS). He serves as Chair in the Section “Neuroprothetics and Intelligent Implants” within the German Biomedical Engineering Society (DGBMT im VDE) as well as within its advisory board. Prof. Stieglitz is co-founder and advisory board member of the start-up company CorTec that commercialize active implants to interface with the brain. His research interests focus on miniaturized neural interfaces and implants, on biocompatible assembly and packaging technologies and selective nerve recording and stimulation.


Talk: "Robots under Neural Control: Walking behaviors guided by learning and memory"

Florentin Wörgötter studied biology and mathematics at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. He received a Ph.D. degree, studying the visual cortex, from the University of Essen, Germany, in 1988. From 1988 to 1990, he was engaged in computational issues with the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. He was a Researcher with the University of Bochum, Germany, in 1990, where he was investigating experimental and computational neuroscience of the visual system. From 2000 to 2005, he was a Professor of computational neuroscience with the Psychology Department, University of Stirling, U.K., where his interests strongly turned towards “Learning in Neurons.” Since July 2005, he has been the Head of the Computational Neuroscience Department at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Inst. Physics 3, University of Göttingen, Germany. His current research interests include information processing in closed-loop perception–action systems, sensory processing (vision), motor control, and learning/plasticity, which are tested in different robotic implementations. His group has developed the RunBot a fast and adaptive biped walking robot based on neural control. Such neural technologies are currently also being investigated in the context of advanced ortheses.


Talk: "Implantable electrode systems for neurorehabilitation"

Ken Yoshida was born in Los Angeles, California, on Dec 13, 1965. He attended the University of California, San Diego before transferring to the University of California at Los Angeles where he completed his BS degree in Biomedical Engineering in 1989. He received his Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering from the University of Utah in 1994, and continued his post-doctoral training in Neuroscience at the University of Alberta. In 1998, he joined the faculty at Aalborg University, Denmark at the Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction in the Department of Biomedical Engineering where he achieved the academic rank of Lektor (Associate Professor) before returning to the United States in 2006. He is currently an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Dr Yoshida's primary research focus has been in the field of neural engineering, with a particular focus on neurorehabilitation using functional electrical stimulation, high resolution peripheral nerve recordings and neuroprosthetics as a means to restore function and reduce sensory-motor deficit. Dr Yoshida is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society and the Society for Neuroscience, a senior member of the IEEE, and a charter member of the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society. He further serves as a review editor for the Frontiers in Neuroengineering.


Head of the Department



Dario Farina is Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering at the University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany, within the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) and the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology (BFNT) Göttingen. In this position, he is also the Chair for NeuroInformatics of the BFNT Göttingen. Prof. Farina is the current President of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK). Among other awards, he has been the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Early Career Achievement Award for his contributions to biomedical signal processing and to electrophysiology. His research focuses on biomedical signal processing, neurorehabilitation technology, and neural control of movement.



Internal Speaker:




Talk: "Graduate of scientific orthobionics as a human-machine master"

Cornelius Frömmel studied medicine at the Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany, in 1979 he received the Dr. med. at the medical faculty, Charité Berlin. 1994 he became professor of biochemistry focused on bioinformatics and protein structure theory. His main interest in science was the investigation of geometrical features of proteins and their interaction with other proteins and ligands, respectively. Since 2005 up to 2012 he was the Dean of the Medical faculty of the Georg-August-University, Göttingen and the speaker of the managing board of the university clinic. During this time his scientific interests were focused in higher education research. He studied the effects of e-learning on students’ procrastination. Now he is the founding Professor for Orthobionic at the Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering at the Georg-August-University, Germany. Besides his responsibility for the development of the Master and PhD curriculum in Medical Orthobionics his research interest covers the development of biological inspired solution for artificial limb hinges, mobilty and steering of prostheses. He likes to play harpsichord and piano, respectively.


Talk: "Dimensionality Reduction, Regression, Clustering and the Applications in Neurorehabilitation Engineering"

Chuang Lin received the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees in signal processing from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, in 2004 and 2008, respectively. He is an assistant professor in Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China. Now, he is a research scientist of European Research Council Project DEMOVE in the Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering at the University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany, within the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) and the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology (BFNT) Göttingen. His research interests include biomedical signal processing, pattern recognition, machine learning, stochastic signal processing, and wavelet-based signal analysis and processing.



Talk: "Stereovision and augmented reality for semi-autonomous control of prostheses"

Marko Markovic received the B.Sc. degree in biomedical engineering from Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Belgrade, Serbia, in 2010, and later the M.Sc. degree within the same institution in 2011. During 2012 he was participating in the ATLAS-CERN collaboration project in the Institute of Physics, Belgrade. Currently he is employed as the research associate in the Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering at the University Medical Center Göttingen, where he is also working towards his PHD degree. His research interests include computer vision, man-machine interaction and a closed loop control of the upper limb prosthetic devices. He also owns patent rights in one joint invention (3294-062 EP-1).


Talk: "Multichannel intramuscular electrodes: applications in humans"

Silvia Muceli received the M.Sc. degrees (cum laude) in Electronics Engineering from the University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy, in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree at The International Doctoral School in Biomedical Science and Engineering, Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction (SMI), Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, in 2013. Since 2011, she is working as a researcher at the University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany, within the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN). Her main research interests concern surface and intramuscular electromyography, signal processing of biomedical signals and advanced prosthetic control.



Talk: "Correlation in the motor neuron pool and implications for the control of muscle force"

Francesco Negro received the M.Sc. degree in telecommunication engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy, in November 2005, and the Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, in April 2011. From 2006 to 2010, he was a Research Assistant and Ph.D. Fellow at Aalborg University. He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany, within the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology and Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience. His research interests include applied physiology of the human motor system, signal processing of intramuscular and surface electromyography and modeling of spinal neural networks.



Talk: "Neuromusculoskeletal modeling for neurorehabilitation technologies"

Massimo Sartori received his master degree in Computer Engineering and his PhD degree in Information Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy in 2007 and 2011 respectively. During his PhD he was a visiting student at the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, University of Western Australia and at the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory, Stanford University. Since 2011 he is a postdoctoral research scientist at the Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany. Dr Sartori's research interests include the development of methods for bridging between the neural and the functional understanding of human movement in vivo, and the translation of these to the development of advanced neurorehabilitation technologies.


Talk: "High Density EMG technology for control of active prosthesis"

Antonietta Stango received the M.Sc. degree in electronics engineering from the University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy in 2003. From May 2004 to July 2005 she was a researcher with Radiolabs –“Consorzio Università Industria, Laboratori di Radiocomunicazioni”, Roma, an institution operating in the field of wireless communications. From August 2005 to February 2007 she was with the Electronics Engineering Department of the University of  Rome “Tor Vergata”. Roma, Italy. The research included simulation of cross-layer optimisation techniques in high rate networks and integration of high and low data rate interfaces. From March 2007 to June 2011 she was with Wireless Security and Sensor Network Lab of Aalborg University, Denmark. She was involved in European and national projects in the field of Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN), IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem), and Critical Information Infrastructure (CII), analyzing different issues i.e. power control, media, threat analysis. From October 2011 she is with Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, University Medical Center Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany. Her research interests include myoelectric control of upper limb prosthesis and transmission of biomedical signals.


Talk: "Reflex studies as a probe to investigate neuromuscular circuitries"

Utku Yavuz is working as a post-doctoral researcher in Department of Orthobionic at Georg August University of Göttingen, Germany, within NeuroInformatics of the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology (BFNT) Göttingen. He received the M.Sc. degree in biophysics in 2006 from the Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey, and the Ph.D. degree in biophysics in 2012 from Ege University, Izmir, Turkey. He worked as a research assistant in Ege University, Marie Curie Chair, Gender Reflex Project from 2007 to 2010. His research focuses on neural control of movement, human reflexes and neurorehabilitation.