QCR Seminar: 30+ years of robotics for NeuroRehabilitation: lessons learned and challenges ahead


In this seminar, Dr. Alejandro Melendez-Calderon will present how a transdisciplinary approach of robotics and neuro-mechanical modelling represents a fundamental step towards principled methods for understanding the cause and effect of different neuromuscular impairments to body function. This understanding is critical to the field of medical robotics used for diagnosis and can tackle multiple gaps between medical, biomedical and engineering sciences with numerous potential dividends in education, technology development and basic research.


Tuesday 16th February 2021, 11:20am-12pm AEST via Zoom

Register here: http://bit.ly/3aV2kCN

About the presenter

Dr. Alejandro Melendez-Calderon has an interdisciplinary background in robotics and biomedical engineering with focus in human augmentation technologies used in medicine (robotics, wearable devices) and computational approaches to understand human neuromuscular control (unimpaired, stroke and SCI population). He has over 15 years of experience gained in academic, clinical and industrial environments.  He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Medical Robotics and Neuromechanics at the University of Queensland (2020-present). He was previously a Senior Research Scientist and acting Head of Technology at the cereneo Advanced Rehabilitation Institute / cereneo Center for Neurology and Rehabilitation (Switzerland; 2017-2019), where he led and conducted research in the area of neuromechanics of movement deficits after stroke. He was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Northwestern University (USA; 2014-2020) and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (2012-2013), where he conducted research in cross-modal multisensory interactions and assessment of neuromuscular impairments. He led the areas of Robotic Hand Rehabilitation and Assessments, and work on adaptive control of robotic trainers at Hocoma AG (Switzerland; 2014-2016). He was a Guest Researcher at ETH Zurich (Switzerland; 2016-2019), where he conducted research in biomechanics and motor control/learning. He received his PhD degree from Imperial College London (UK; 2007-2011) for research in robotic rehabilitation and human motor control. Alejandro has a scientific interest in understanding principled mechanisms of human behavior, in particular related to movement control/learning and physical interaction; his technical interests are in robotics and computational modelling for medical diagnostics, assistive applications & (bio)medical education.