POSTPONED TO 2021 - Technology to the service of human

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Date Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time 18:30 - 22:00
Speaker(s) Silke Pan - former acrobat, “My handicap, I made it my strength“
Dr. Mohamed Bouri - Head of Research Group, EPFL

We are privileged to have with us Dr Mohamed Bouri who will introduce lower limb exoskeletons, as well as former athlete and acrobat Silke Pan, who became paraplegic following a trapeze accident in 2007. Now forced to use a wheelchair, Silke will tell us how she has had to rebuild her life and the incredible goals she has achieved thanks to her unwavering will and the support of technology. It is through a collaboration with a team of EPFL researchers who are also present tonight, that Silke is experiencing a technological miracle. 

Silke Pan was born in 1973 in Bonn Germany and grew up in the French speaking part of Switzerland. From a very early age, her interests were focused on body expression, acrobatic sports, dance, theatre and artistic expression under all its forms. Silke pursued her training at the National Circus School in Berlin, where she graduated with a diploma in handstand, contortion and trapeze in 1994. In 2007 Silke had a terrible accident: she fell from the trapeze and broke her 10th and 11th vertebrae, becoming paraplegic. Silke started a new life in a wheelchair and rebuilt a profession. In parallel to her artistic activity, Silke remained a sportswoman at heart. She now practices hand bike, handcycle, running chair and swimming, disciplines that come together under the name of para-triathlon.

Dr. Mohamed Bouri graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1992 and obtained his PhD degree in 1997 in Industrial Automation at INSA LYON, France. In 1997 he joined Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland). In 2005 he became the head of Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics group and lecturer of Robotics and Industrial Robotics. Dr Bouri has strong references with the development of many rehabilitation robotic devices and exoskeletons (LegoPress, TWIICE, Autonomyo, HiBSO, Handreha,…) as well as of industrial robotic applications.

About the project TWIICE and its motivations
The development of a modular exoskeleton to assist walking began in February 2015 by the research group REHAssist, at EPFL. A year and a half later, the device is already operational for the first tests with a pilot. This lower limb exoskeleton, named TWIICE, allows users to regain independence in daily activities: sitting and standing, walking on regular, rough or tilted surfaces, climbing stairs or interacting in community. Our intention is trying to give back users, part of the sensations associated with walking or standing.



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Venue IMD Campus
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Auditorium M100
1001 Lausanne
Dress Code Business Casual
Registration Deadline Monday, November 09, 2020
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