IAS Workshop on Neural Engineering and Rehabilitation (June 3 - 4, 2019)


Updated as of May 8, 2019

Keynote Speakers

Cuntai GUAN

Nanyang Technological University

Prof. Cuntai GUAN is currently a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He is the Co-Director of the NTU-NNI Neuro-technology Fellowship Program. He serves in the Advisory Board of the Elite Master Program in Neuroengineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He also serves as Chief Scientist in Neeuro Pte Ltd. He is a Member of the National Medical Research Council Open Fund IRG Review Panel, Singapore. He was the co-Director of Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore (RRIS) from 2015-2018. He was the founding Department Head of Neural & Biomedical Technology Department and a Principal Scientist (RSE6) at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), A*SATR, Singapore. He had served as Chairman of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter as well as President of the Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence Association (PREMIA). He had served as Conference Chair, Co-Chair, Track Chair and Associate Editor of conferences and symposiums. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Brain-Computer Interfaces, Frontiers in Neuroscience, and IEEE Access. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

Silvestro MICERA

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

Dr. Silvestro MICERA is currently Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA, Pisa, Italy) and at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland) where he is holding the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Translational NeuroEngineering. He received the University degree (Laurea) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pisa, in 1996, and the Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in 2000. From 2000 to 2009, he has been an Assistant Professor of BioRobotics at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. In 2007, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA with a Fulbright Scholarship. From 2008 to 2011 he was the Head of the Neuroprosthesis Control group and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Automation, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, CH. In 2009, he was the recipient of the “Early Career Achievement Award” of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

Dr. Micera’s research interests include the development of neuroprostheses based on the use of implantable neural interfaces with the central and peripheral nervous systems to restore sensory and motor function in disable persons. In particular, he is currently involved in translational experiments for hand prosthesis control in amputees, and the restoration of vestibular function, grasping and locomotion in different neurological disorders.

He is author of more than 250 WoS peer-reviewed papers and several international patents. He is currently Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. He is also member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, of Journal of Neural Engineering, and of the IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine.

Nitish V. THAKOR

Johns Hopkins University

Prof. Nitish V. THAKOR is currently a professor in the department of biomedical engineering, Johns Hopkins University, and the provost professor in the department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, The National University of Singapore. He served on the faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the Northwestern University from 1981 to 1983, and since then he has been with the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, where he is currently serving as a Professor of Biomedical Engineering. He conducts research on neurological instrumentation, biomedical signal processing, micro and nanotechnologies, neural prosthesis, clinical applications of neural and rehabilitation technologies and brain-machine interface. He has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed publications on these subjects. He was the Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Neural and Rehabilitation Engineering and presently of the Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing journal. He is a fellow of IEEE, BMES, AIMBE, IFMBE.

Invited Speakers


City University of Hong Kong

Xiaoling HU

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Yong HU

The University of Hong Kong



Chang-Hwan IM

Hanyang University


University of Waterloo

Sung-Phil KIM

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology


National University of Singapore

Peng SHI

City University of Hong Kong

Richard SO



University of Southern California

Yueming WANG

Zhejiang University

Dezhong YAO

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

Zhuliang YU

South China University of Technology

* Listed in alphabetical order of last name