Speakers and Panelists

Opening Lecture

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John Rogers

Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurological Surgery and director, Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics, Northwestern University

John A. Rogers is the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurological Surgery. His research includes fundamental and applied aspects of nano and molecular scale fabrication as well as materials and patterning techniques for unusual electronic and photonic devices, with an emphasis on bio-integrated and bio-inspired systems. He has published more than 550 papers, and is an inventor on over 100 patents and patent applications, more than 70 of which are licensed or in active use by large companies and startups that he has co-founded.

His research has been recognized with many awards including, most recently, the IEEE EMBS Trailblazer Award, the ETH Zurich Chemical Engineering Medal, the A.C. Eringen Medal of the Society for Engineering Science, the Smithsonian Award for American Ingenuity in the Physical Sciences, the Robert Henry Thurston Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Lemelson-MIT Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

Rogers is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas, Austin. From MIT, he received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry and a PhD in physical chemistry.

Sports and Recreation

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David Camarillo

Tashia and John Morgridge Endowed Faculty Scholar, Child Health Research Institute at Stanford, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and (by courtesy) Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University Schools of Medicine and Engineering

Dr. Camarillo holds a B.S.E in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University (2001), a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University (2008) and completed his postdoctoral research fellowship in Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco in 2011. Dr. Camarillo worked in the surgical robotics industry at Intuitive Surgical and Hansen Medical, before launching his laboratory at Stanford in 2012. His current research focuses on designing force measurement devices for multiple clinical and scientific applications including embryo development, brain trauma, and cardiac therapy.

Dr. Camarillo was recently awarded the Hellman Fellowship for his work in robot assisted reproduction, and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program award for his research in brain biomechanics.

Health and Wellness

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Rajesh Naik

Chief Scientist, 711th Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory

Dr. Rajesh R. Naik, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Chief Scientist of the 711th Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is the primary science and technology adviser to the wing commander. In this position he provides technical vision and strategy for the wing’s science and technology plans in areas including wearable sensors, synthetic biology and human-machine teaming. Scientifically, Rajesh has research interests in the areas of biosensors, nanotechnology and protein engineering. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles, several book chapters and has 12 awarded patents. He is also active in numerous technical communities.

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David Mohr

Director, Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies, Professor of Preventive Medicine (Behavioral Medicine), Medical Social Sciences, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University

David C. Mohr, Ph.D., trained as a psychologist, is Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, with appointments in Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Social Sciences. He is also the Director of Northwestern University’s Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies. Dr. Mohr’s work lies at the intersection of behavioral science, technology, and clinical intervention research. He designs, develops, and evaluates novel digital mental health interventions, with the goal of creating a fundamentally new method of delivering mental health care that is cost-effective and scalable. Dr. Mohr’s research has been consistently funded for more than 20 years by the United States National Institutes of Health, resulting in over 175 peer-reviewed publications, and more than 25 book chapters.

Augmented Experiences

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Mark Chevillet

Technical Project Lead, Facebook

Mark A. Chevillet is a Technical Project Lead in Facebook’s Building 8, leading the development of brain-computer interface technologies. Prior to joining Building 8, he was a Program Manager for Applied Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. In addition, Dr. Chevillet held joint appointments as Research Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, sat on the steering committee for the Science of Learning Institute, and was a member of the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute. Dr. Chevillet received a B.S. in Physics with a Minor in Mathematics from Washington State University, as well as a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University.

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Ed Colgate

Allen K. and Johnnie Cordell Breed Senior Professor in Design, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University

Ed Colgate has dedicated most of his career to the study of haptic interface and is considered one of the leading scholars in the field. As a professor of mechanical engineering at Northwestern University, Colgate has maintained a robust research program that has led to two previous spin-off companies: Cobotics (acquired by The Stanley Works in 2002), and Kinea Design (acquired by HDT Robotics in 2011). He is a prolific inventor with twenty-five issued patents with several more pending. He is recognized for seminal contributions to the design and control of haptic interfaces, and in 2007 was selected as the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics. In recent years, he has focused on surface haptics, developing the technological foundation for haptics startup Tanvas.

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Michael Peshkin

Bette and Neison Harris Professor in Teaching Excellence, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University

Michael Peshkin is known for his seminal contributions to physical human-robot interaction and was a major figure in opening the gates to allow force-and-motion interaction between robots and humans in medical and industrial applications. As a professor of mechanical engineering at Northwestern University, his work formed the scientific core for Mako Surgical. Later he teamed up with Ed Colgate to co-found Cobotics, Kinea Design, and current startup Tanvas. Peshkin is credited with a total of twenty-nine patents issued with several more pending.