ESMAC 2019 Annual Meeting of the European Society
for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children
23 – 28 September 2019, Amsterdam

Keynote Speakers

Steve Collins

Stanford University, USA

Human-in-the-loop optimization of exoskeleton assistance during walking

Steve Collins received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2002 from Cornell University, where he performed research on passive dynamic walking robots with Andy Ruina. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from the University of Michigan, where he performed research on the dynamics and control of human walking with Art Kuo. He performed postdoctoral research on humanoid robots with Martijn Wisse at T. U. Delft in the Netherlands. He was a professor of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University for seven years. In 2017, he joined the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, where he teaches courses on design and robotics and directs the Stanford Biomechatronics Lab. His primary focus is to speed and systematize the design and prescription of prostheses and exoskeletons using versatile device emulator hardware and human-in-the-loop optimization algorithms (Zhang et al. 2017, Science). Another focus is efficient autonomous devices, such as highly energy-efficient walking robots (Collins et al. 2005, Science) and exoskeletons that use no energy yet reduce the metabolic energy cost of human walking (Collins et al. 2015, Nature).

He is a member of the Scientific Board of Dynamic Walking and an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Robotics Research. He has received the Young Scientist Award from the American Society of Biomechanics, the Best Medical Devices Paper from the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, and the student-voted Professor of the Year in his department. 

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Nadia Dominici 

VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Neuromotor control during the emergence of walking in children

Nadia Dominici is an associate professor at the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Science at Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam where she works on the interplay between brain and muscular activity underlying independent walking in children, as well as on the biomechanics of human locomotion. After a master diploma in Physics, she obtained a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, for work on the neurophysiology of locomotor development in children. She has held research positions at the Laboratory of Neuromotor Physiology of the Santa Lucia Foundation in Rome, where she focused on central pattern generation networks and on the development of locomotion in children, and at the Experimental Neurorehabilitation Laboratory at the University of Zürich, and EPFL in Lausanne, where she developed neurorehabilitation techniques to restore walking in animals after spinal cord injuries. She was awarded the Suzanne Klein-Vogelbach -Prize for the Research of Human Movement prize in 2013, and a 5-year NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientic Research) Vidi grant in 2015 and Aspasia grant in 2016, and a 5-year ERC (European Research Council) Starting Grant in 2016.


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Frank van de Goot 

Symbiant Pathology Expert Centre,  The Netherlands

Forensic Pathology: how to avoid the trap of tunnel vision

Frank van de Goot obtained his medical degree at VU University, specialized in pathology and was trained in forensic pathology by the Dutch Forensic Institute (NFI). Frank van de Goot is attracted by the combination of medicine, mechanics and justice and most of all a healthy dose of logical reasoning. “Never believe something is impossible when solving the puzzle, do not jump to conclusions”.

Frank van de Goot has been involved in many controversial cases, which got extensive media coverage within and beyond the Netherlands. Based on his expertise in forensic pathology he has served as an expert witness in several national and international legal cases. He will bring CSI to the ESMAC community. But most of all, he will discuss te process of logical clinical reasoning in forensic pathology and how to avoid the trap of tunnel vision, which is also lurking around in clinical gait analysis.