Distinguished Lecturer

This event will take place on April 21st, 2021  at 5 PM CST

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  • About the Distinguished Lecturer

    Dr. Hermano Igo Krebs has been a Principal Research Scientist at MIT’s Mechanical Engineering Department and the Director of The77Lab (http://the77lab.mit.edu/). He also holds an affiliate position as an Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, and as a Visiting Professor at Fujita Health University, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Japan), at Osaka University, Mechanical Science and Bioengineering Department (Japan), and at Loughborough University, Rehabilitation Robotics of The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical, and Manufacturing Engineering (UK).

    He is a Fellow of the IEEE and was nominated by two of IEEE societies: IEEE-EMBS (Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society) and IEEE-RAS (Robotics and Automation Society) to this distinguished engineering status “for contributions to rehabilitation robotics and the understanding of neuro-rehabilitation.” He received “The 2009 Isabelle and Leonard H. Goldenson Technology and Rehabilitation Award,” from the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF) and the 2015 IEEE-RAS INABA Technical Award for Innovation leading to Production “for contributions to medical technology innovation and translation into commercial applications for Rehabilitation Robotics.” He was selected as a 2021 IEEE-EMBS Distinguished Lecture.

    Entrepreneurial Experience

    He was one of the founders, member of the Board of Directors, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Interactive Motion Technologies from 1998 to 2016. He successfully sold it to Bionik Laboratories, a publicly traded company, where he served as its Chief Science Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors until July 2017. He later founded 4Motion Robotics to revolutionize the way rehabilitation medicine is practiced today by applying robotics and information technology to assist, enhance, and quantify rehabilitation.

    Links for more information:

    Home | The 77 Lab (mit.edu)

    MECHE PEOPLE: Hermano Igo Krebs | MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • Lecture Topic: Starting a Venture Company


    “Imagine being present at the birth of a new industry. . . trends are now starting to converge and I can envision a future in which robotics devices will become a nearly ubiquitous part of our day-to-day lives. Technologies such as distributed computing, voice and visual recognition, and wireless broadband connectively will open the door to a new generation of autonomous devices that enable computers to perform tasks in the physical world on our behalf. We may be on the verge of a new era, when the PC will get up off the desktop and allow us to see, hear, touch and manipulate objects in places where we are not
    physically present.” – Bill Gates

    Disruptive technology is a term coined to characterize an innovation that disrupts an existing market or way of doing things and creates a new value network. The concept was first described at Harvard Business School by Clayton M. Christensen, who described the concept in 1996 as: “Generally, disruptive innovations were technologically straightforward, consisting of off-the-shelf components put together in a product architecture that was often simpler than prior approaches. They offered less of what customers in established markets wanted and so could rarely be initially employed there. They offered a different package of attributes valued only in emerging markets remote from, and unimportant to, the mainstream.”;

    Eventually with improvement, borrowing from Malcolm Gladwell, the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point is reached and the old practices and existing value network is abandoned in favor of the new one.

    Here I will discuss my experience as an entrepreneur and whether rehabilitation robotics has achieved its “tipping point”.

Past Distinguished Lecturer Events

Distinguished Lecturer Event ft. Dr. Grayden

Recording of our last Distinguished Lecturer Event featuring Dr. Grayden.