Marcia O'Malley received the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1996, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1999 and 2001, respectively. She is currently Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Computer Science at Rice University and directs the Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces Lab. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at both Baylor College of Medicine and the UniversityofTexas Medical School at Houston. Additionally, she is the Director of Rehabilitation Engineering at TIRR-Memorial Hermann Hospital, and is a co-founder of Houston Medical Robotics, Inc. Her research addresses issues that arise when humans physically interact with robotic systems, with a focus on training and rehabilitation in virtual environments. In 2008, she received the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching at Rice University. O'Malley is a 2004 ONR Young Investigator and the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2005. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Prof. Georg Rauter
Georg Rauteris Assistant Professor for Medical Robotics and Mechatronics at the Bio-Inspired Robots for MEDicine-Lab (BIROMED-Lab) at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the University of Basel. As head of the BIROMED-Lab, he leads one of the four research groups of the Department’s flagship project on Minimally Invasive Robot-Assisted Computer-guided LaserosteotomE (MIRACLE Project).
Georg Rauter received his Ph.D. at the ETH Zurich in the field of robot-assisted multimodal human motor learning and has a background in Mechatronics in Mechanical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.at TU Graz) and Mathematical and Mechanical Modeling (Ing. Dipl. at the Université Bordeaux).
Georg Rauter is General Chair of the Medical Robotics Week 2021, as well as of the 7th international Workshop on New Trends in Medical and Service Robotics, Basel (MESROB2021).
Prof. Philipp Rostalski
University of Lübeck, Germany
Philipp Rostalski was born in Niebüll, Germany in 1978. He received his Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Dipl. Ing.) with focus on Measurement and Control from the Hamburg University of Technology, Germany, in 2004.
In 2005 he joined the Automatic Control Laboratory at ETH Zürich, Switzerland as, where he worked at the interface of algebraic geometry, optimization and control. After several international research exchanges, he completed his Ph.D. in 2009. His thesis was awarded with the ETH Medal for outstanding Ph.D. theses.
In 2009 he joined the Department of Mathematics at UC Berkeley and later in the year 2010 also the Department of Mechanical Engineering as a Feodor Lynen Fellow of the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation working on problems in applied mathematics, most notably: convex algebraic geometry graphical.
Between 2011 and 2015 he was a research engineer and project manager for mechatronics applications at the Dräger Research Unit in Lübeck, Germany. He was responsable for projects in signal processing and control with focus on pneumatic systems and respiratory care.
Since 2015 he is the director of the Institute for Electrical Engineering in Medicine, Universität zu Lübeck, Germany.
Prof. Primo Schär
University of Basel, Switzerland
Dr. Florian Thieringer
University of Basel, Switzerland
Florian M. Thieringer is an Oral- and Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgeon and a Medical 3D Expert, with focus on Tumor-, Trauma-, Reconstructive- and Orthognathic Surgery, located at the University Hospital Basel and University of Basel, Switzerland.
Florian M. Thieringer is currently senior surgeon and Privatdozent for Oral and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery at the University Hospital Basel. He is the Head of the Medical Additive Manufacturing Research Group (Swiss MAM) at the University of Basel's Department of Biomedical Engineering (UNIBAS DBE).
He is an internationally recognized expert for computer assisted surgery (CAS) and medical additive manufacturing, extensively exploring and promoting the integration of virtual surgical planning, 3D printing and other innovative technologies at the point-of-care (POC) – like additive manufacturing of patient specific implants (PSI) in various (bio-) materials, including bioprinting & regenerative surgery.
Since 2016 Florian Thieringer is Co-Director of the multidisciplinary 3D Print Lab at the University Hospital of Basel. Since 2020 he is Co-Principal Investigator of the innovative MIRACLE 2 project (Minimally Invasive Robot-Assisted Computer-guided LaserosteotomE). This 12 Mio Swiss Francs research project, funded by the Werner Siemens Foundation, aims to develop a robotic endoscope to perform contact-free bone surgery with laser light. Perfectly fitting patient-specific implants will be designed in AR/VR and will be produced by intra- and extracorporal 3D printing.