Advisory Board

The Genesis Robotics Advisory Board makes scientific and technical contributions to the development of the LiveDrive.

Dr. Alex Ramirez-Serrano
Dr. Alejandro Ramirez-Serrano is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Calgary where he is the the founder and director of the Autonomous Reconfigurable Robotic Systems Laboratory which performs R&D activities in unmanned vehicle systems.

In addition to developing autonomous mobile robotics for the past 20 years, his industrial experience includes being a mechatronics engineer at ABB Corporate Research (Sweden), and research fellow at Argonne National (USA) where he developed smart field robotics for diverse applications. Dr. Ramirez-Serrano has a B.Sc. degree in Mech. Eng., two M.Sc. degrees, one in Mech. & Aerospace Eng. and a second in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence, and a PhD. in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering.

He has served in many professional activities including: Board member of the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (CCUVS), served as judge in diverse robotic competitions (e.g., FIRST Robotics) and has served as member of the International Program Committee in numerous robotic conferences and symposiums.

Dr. Ramirez-Serrano has received a number of awards and recognitions such as the 2014 ASTech award in Applied Technology & Innovation (considered Alberta's highest Science & Technology honour) for work over the past 10 years in the robotics field.
Dr. Ashish Deshpande
Dr. Ashish D. Deshpande is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Texas since 2011. Dr. Deshpande received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2007. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Neurobotics Laboratory at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Deshpande is a recipient of the NSF-CAREER award.

At The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Deshpande directs the Rehabilitation and Neuromuscular (ReNeu) Robotics Lab. The Lab focuses on the development of robotic devices, based on biomechanical analyses, to assist in rehabilitation, to improve prostheses design, and to provide fitness opportunities for the severely disabled. The study of underlying mechanisms of human movement control through human subject experiments and mathematical modeling is another major research area in the ReNeu Robotic Lab.
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.