Professor in Robotics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel & member of the Brussels Human Robotic research center, Bram Vanderborght focusses on developing a new generation of robots that will physically & socially support humans in the form of prosthetics, exoskeletons, co-workers & social robots, with direct applications in the healthcare sector & the manufacturing industry.
Bram is EiC of Robotics & Automation Magazine & member of the Young Academy of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. His research interests includes cognitive & physical human robot interaction, robot assisted therapy, humanoids & rehabilitation robotics.
He investigates applications in human-robot interaction like prostheses, exoskeletons, coworkers, legged robots & social robots. Helping people rehabilitate after a stroke or spinal marrow injury, building prosthesis for improved mobility & developing assistive & social robots for children with ASD, Bram focusses on the cooperation between humans & robots.
Because he believes technology should be human-centered, Bram works in multidisciplinary teams consisting of psychologists, sociologists, physiotherapists & philosophers. His broad perspective allows him to have a clear & fascinating view on technology’s role in today’s society & air a clear opinion on the ethical use of robots.