Dr. Bram Vanderborght
Prof. dr. ir. Bram Vanderborght received the degree in study of Mechanical Engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2003 with highest distinction. Since 2003 he was researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, supported by the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders (FWO). In May 2006 he performed research on the humanoids robot HRP-2 at the Joint Japanese/French Robotics Laboratory (JRL) in AIST, Tsukuba (Japan) in the ongoing research “Dynamically stepping over large obstacles by the humanoid robot HRP-2". The following year he received his PhD in Applied Sciences with highest distinction. The focus of his research was the use of adaptable compliance of pneumatic artificial muscles in the dynamically balanced biped Lucy.
Dr. Vanderborght received a post-doc grant with mobility grant from the FWO. From October 2007-April 2010 he worked as post-doc researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genova (Italy) on the humanoid robot iCub and compliant actuation.
In October 2009 Dr. Vanderborght was appointed as professor at the VUB. Since October 2011, he is also the research director at the Universitatea Babes-Bolyai, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy with a project on robot assisted therapy with ASD children and VUB-PI of the DREAM project. Dr. Vanderborght’s research interests includes cognitive and physical human robot interaction, robot assisted therapy, compliant actuation, humanoids and rehabilitation robotics. He is author/co-author of 1 scientific book in the Springer STAR series, 2 science popularizing books about robots, 33 journal papers and about 65 international conference papers. He is also the founder of the RoboCup Junior Belgium robotcontest.