Robotics Engineering Colloquium Series
Dr. Matteo Laffranchi
Rehab Technologies Lab
User-centred development of healthcare wearable robotics
Friday, April 1st
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Virtual Zoom Link: https://wpi.zoom.us/j/91349008861
Abstract: Healthcare robotics industry still faces a variety of challenges which limit the broad adoption of healthcare robotic devices, such as exoskeletons and bionic prostheses.This talk will address these hindrances and propose a few solutions and approaches that are currently adopted at the Rehab Technologies lab, IIT, for the design of effective and practical devices. During this presentation, the speaker will refer to existing use cases currently under development at Rehab Tec, i.e. the Twin and Float exoskeletons and the Hannes and Hybrid Knee prostheses, and discuss about how they attempt to resolve current user and market needs.
Bio: Matteo Laffranchi received his Master’s Degree in Mechatronics Engineering at Polytechnic of Turin in 2006 and a PhD in Robotics from the University of Sheffield in 2011. After a brief experience in the automation industry at OSAI A.S., from 2008 to 2011 he was a research fellow at the Italian Institute of Technology and a postdoctoral researcher at the same institute from 2011 to 2014. Since then, he is actively involved into technology transfer and product development activities.During his PhD and Post-Doc, he spent 6 years developing compliant actuators and robots for safe human robot collaboration. Currently, he is Coordinator of Robotics at the Rehab Technologies Lab, with focus on the development of healthcare wearable robots.