Saeed Behzadipour
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering Department – Sharif University of Technology
Biography: Saeed Behzadipour received his BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 1998 and 2000, respectively. He received his PhD in Mechanical engineering from University of Waterloo, in 2005. He was an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering in University of Alberta, Canada from 2005 to 2011. He is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology and director of Djawad Movafaghian Research Center in Neurorehabilitation. His research interests include rehabilitation engineering and robotics.

Speech Title: Biomechanical challenges in Robotic Exoskeletons

Abstract: Robotic exoskeletons are predicted to have a market size of 2.8 billion dollars by 2023. It is considered as a valuable human enhancing technology in physical activities as well as an assistive one for disabled people. The technology is at the crossroads of robotics, control, and biomechanical engineering. However the last one is less discussed in the literature. This talk will present the biomechanical challenges and problems encountered in this technology and the recent developments in the area. It briefly reviews the history of development of this technology and the intended applications from military to rehabilitation and the recent developments in the market. Then, the challenges of attaching a robotic kinematic chain to the human body with a complex kinematic will be discussed and the critical research problems will be presented. Finally, the motion planning of such robots and the biomechanical considerations of stability, safety and energy efficiency will be presented.