Professor Jochem Rieger

Jochem Rieger is professor of Psychology at the University of Oldenburg.

He is head of the Applied Neurocognitive Psychology group. He is intersted in using data driven statistical/machine learning methods to understand structural relationships between neural activation and perception/cognition/action and for the development of Brain-Machine-Interfaces.  From 1997 to 2000 he worked at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and received a Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) from the Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen. He then was a research fellow at Stanford University and became a research group leader at Magdeburg University. He was awarded his habilitation in 2008. Since 2009 he is a research fellow at the Knight Lab at UC Berkeley and since 2012 full professor of Psychology. He received multiple grants for his research on perception, cognition, motor control, and Brain-Machine-Interfacing.


Professor Cornelius Frömmel

Cornelius Frömmel was born in Zwickau, Saxony, Germany, on January 2, 1951. He received the MD degree from the medical Faculty Charité, Berlin. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Humboldt-University of Berlin since 1979. Between 1986 and 1989 he was guest scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg Germany. 1994 he became Professor of Biochemistry/Bioinformatics at the Humboldt-University Berlin and where he was engaged in research of protein structure theory. Between 2005 and 2012 he was the spokesman of the management board of the university clinic and Dean of the Medical Faculty of the Georg-August-University-Göttingen. At present, he is the founding professor of Orthobionics at the Georg-August-University-Göttingen.


Professor Alexander Gail

A. Gail recieved his Diploma (M.S. equivalent) in Physics in 1997, and his Ph.D. degree in Neurophysics in 2002 from the University of Marburg, Germany. 

            He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Biolgoy, Georg August University, Göttingen, Germany. He is heading the research group Sensorimotor Neuroscience and Neuroprosthetics at the German Primate Center in the context of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Göttingen, Germany. Before this, he did his postdoc at the California Institute of Technology, Devision of Biology, Pasadena. His research specializes on the neurophysiological basics of primate sensorimotor behavior and motor planning. For this he works with rhesus monkeys as animal models, and combines this approach with human psychophysics and computational modelling. His research focusses on primate cognitive brain functions, including the development of neuroprosthetic devices and implant technologies.


Professor Frank Braatz

Professor for Med. Orthobionik Private University Göttingen

Consultant Orthobionik University Medical Center Göttingen

Orthopedic surgeon / Paediatric orthopaedic surgeon

Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, ZHT (Zentrum f. Healthcare Technology) 

1985 - 1987                          School for physiotherapy Trauma Center BGU  Tübingen

1987 - 1988                          Trauma Center BGU Ludwigshafen

1989                                    Rehabilitation Hospital  Karlsbad-Langensteinbach 

1989 - 1994                          Justus-Liebig-University Gießen

24.04.1995                           3rd Examination 

07.1995 - 04.1998                Trauma Center BGU Ludwigshafen

05.1998 - 11.1998                Department for General, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery

                                          University of Jena, Germany

01.1999 - 07.2002                Department of Orthopedics, University of Cologne, Germany

08.2002 - 02.2013                Heidelberg University Clinics, Clinic for Orthopedics  

                                          and Trauma Surgery 

28.05.2013                           Board Certification as a Specialist in Orthopedics 

08.2005 - 02.2013                Consultant Department of Cerebral Palsy and Technical Orthopedics 

Since 15.02.2013                   Professor for Med. Orthobionik Private University Göttingen and

                                           Head Schwerpunkt Orthobionik University Medical Center Göttingen


Professor Micha E. Spira

Prof. at the Alexander Silberman Life Sciences Inst. and a member of the  the Harvey M. Kruger Family Center for Nanoscience. Director of the Smith family and Prof. Elkes collaborative laboratory for Psychobiology. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jerusalem. Israel.

Spira’s main interest focus on the  development and use of an enabling neuro-electronic interface consisting of an array of noninvasive gold-mushroom-shaped microelectrodes (gMµEs) that can provide intracellular recordings and single-cell stimulation from many individual neurons, while the gMµEs maintains extracellular position. The gMµEs configuration allows simultaneous, multisite, long-term recordings of action-potentials and sub-threshold synaptic potentials with matching quality of conventional intracellular microelectrodes. Spira served in a large number of academic and administrative functions among them as Dean of the faculty of Mathematics and Sciences of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Spira ME, Hai A. (2013) Multi-electrode array technologies for neuroscience and cardiology. Nat Nanotechnol. 8(2):83-94.

Bradke F, Fawcett JW, Spira ME. (2012) Assembly of a new growth cone after axotomy: the precursor to axon regeneration. Nat Rev Neurosci. 15;13(3):183-93.

Aviad Hai, Joseph Shappir, and Micha E. Spira (2010) In-cell recordings by extracellular microelectrodes. Nature Methods. 7(3):200-2.


Professor Xavier Navarro

Xavier Navarro received the MD degree in 1978 and the PhD degree in 1985 from the Unversitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB). He completed his speciality training in Neurology at the University of Barcelona, and in Neurophysiology at the University of Minnesota. He was Assistant Porfessor of the Department of Neurology of the University of Minnesota (1986-1988). He returned in 1988 to the UAB as Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, where he is currently full Professor of Physiology. He has been a founder of the Institute of Neurosciences of the UAB. Since 1989 he is heading the research Group on Neuroplasticity and Regeneration. His research interests are focused on axonal regeneration, functional restitution after nerve injuries, cell and molecular therapies for spinal cord injuries, neuroprostheses, peripheral neuropathies and neuropathic pain. He has published more than 300 papers in refereed journals and books in these areas of the neurosciences, and directed 20 PhD theses. He also serves as scientifics advisor of the Institut Guttmann. He has been member of the editorial boards of the journals: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System, Muscle and Nerve, Frontiers in Neuroengineering. He was received “Ciutat de Barcelona” award in 1995, “Josep Trueta” award in 2000, ASPAYM award in 2009 for his scientific researchs.


Professor Dario Farina

Dario Farina is Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering at the University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany, within the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) and the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology (BFNT) Göttingen. In this position, he is also the Chair for NeuroInformatics of the BFNT Göttingen. Prof. Farina is the current President of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK). Among other awards, he has been the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Early Career Achievement Award for his contributions to biomedical signal processing and to electrophysiology. His research focuses on biomedical signal processing, neurorehabilitation technology, and neural control of movement.


Professor Eric Le Carpentier

Eric Le Carpentier received the Ph.D. degree in automatic control from the Nantes University, Nantes, France, in 1990.

Since 1992, he has been an Assistant Professor at Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France, and at the Institut de Recherche en Communications et Cybernétique de Nantes. His current research interests include signal processing, stochastic simulation for estimation, detection, tracking and control, with applications in biomedical signals, robotics and precise geo-location.


Professor Jose C. Principe

Jose C. Principe (M’83-SM’90-F’00) is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida where he teaches advanced signal processing, machine learning and artificial neural networks (ANNs) modeling. He is BellSouth Professor and the Founder and Director of the University of Florida Computational NeuroEngineering Laboratory (CNEL) . His primary area of interest is processing of time varying signals with adaptive neural models. The CNEL Lab has been studying signal and pattern recognition principles based on information theoretic criteria (entropy and mutual information).

Dr. Principe is an IEEE Fellow. He was the past Chair of the Technical Committee on Neural Networks of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Past-President of the International Neural Network Society, and Past-Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Florida Brain Institute.  Dr. Principe has more than 600 publications.  He directed 81 Ph.D. dissertations and 82 Master theses.  He wrote in 2000 an interactive electronic book entitled “Neural and Adaptive Systems” published by John Wiley and Sons and more recently co-authored several books on “Brain Machine Interface Engineering” Morgan and Claypool, “Information Theoretic Learning”, Springer, and “Kernel Adaptive Filtering”, Wiley.


Professor Hansjörg Scherberger

Hans Scherberger received his Master degree in Mathematics in 1993 and his Medical Doctor degree in 1996 from Freiburg University, Germany. He currently heads the Neurobiology Lab at the German Primate Center and is Professor for Primate Neurobiology at the University of Göttingen, Germany, since 2008.

He was trained in systems electrophysiology with post-doctoral positions at the University of Zurich (1995-1998) and at the California Institute of Technology (1998-2003) before being a research group leader at the Institute of Neuroinformatics, University and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, from 2004 – 2009. His research is focused on the neural coding and decoding of hand grasping movements in the primate brain.

Hans Scherberger is member of the American and German Society of Neuroscience (SfN, NWG), the Society for the Neural Control of Movements (NCM), and the New York Academy of Science (NYAS). His research was funded by the European Commission, the German BMBF and the DFG, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the University and ETH Zurich, and the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.


Professor Oskar C. Aszmann

Dr. Oskar C. Aszmann, born in Vienna, Austria. After a two year excursion into philosophy and biology Dr. Aszmann entered Medical School at the medical faculty of the University of Vienna.

From the very outset he discovered his love for anatomy. Early on he enrolled as tutor and scientific assistant at the Department of Anatomy and Cell biology with a major interest in neuroanatomy. The entrance into the fascinating world of plastic and reconstructive surgery he found via the fascinating subject of peripheral nerve reconstruction by Prof. Hanno Millesi. He went on to receive part of his training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland where he learned the trade of peripheral nerve surgery from Prof. Lee Dellon and the basic science of peripheral nerve regeneration from Prof. Thomas Brushart.

He then joined the Division of Plastic Surgery in Vienna, Austria in 1998 where he now holds the position of Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Both his research and clinical focus have always been peripheral nerve reconstruction and extremity/hand rehabilitation. Since 2006 he has entered a close collaboration with the company Otto Bock to explore the possibilities and limits of bionic reconstruction which has now led to the establishment of a Center for Extremity Reconstruction and Rehabilitation. This Center has at its core interest the recovery and rehabilitation patients with impaired extremity function.

This goal is accomplished with a wide variety of surgical techniques of neuromuscular reconstruction alone or in combination with complex mechatronic devices.


Professor Todd A. Kuiken

Todd A. Kuiken received his MD and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Northwestern (1990) and his residency in PM&R at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (1995).  Dr. Kuiken currently is the Director of the Center for Bionic Medicine in the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.  He is a Professor in the Depts. of PM&R, Biomedical Engineering and Surgery of Northwestern University.  

Dr. Kuiken’s research team is working to develop a neural-machine interface to improve the function of artificial limbs.  A main research focus of the lab has been developing a technique to use nerve transfers for improvement of myoelectric upper limb prosthesis control.  By transferring the residual arm nerves in an upper limb amputee to spare regions of muscle it is possible to make new signals for the control of robotic arms.  These signals are be directly related to the original function of the limb and allow simultaneous control of multiple joints in a natural way. Similarly, hand sensation nerves grow into spare skin so that when this skin is touched, the amputee feels like their missing hand is being touched.  This work has now been extended with the use of pattern recognition algorithms, enabling the intuitive control of both upper and lower limb prostheses.


Dr. Gunther Felmerer MD

From 1989 to 1996 he studied medicine in Erlangen, Germany, where he partly worked as a medical illustrator for the Rohen Atlas of Anatomy. He also studied in Rennes, France and San Francisco, USA at the UCSF. 

After his studies (1996) he worked in Wuppertal and Hannover in the department of professor Berger as a resident in Plastic- and hand surgery with a special interest in peripheral nerve surgery. Hannover was at that time  Germanys leading  center for brachial plexus surgery. 

In 2002 he became chief  resident and worked together one year with Michael Becker, focussed on peripheral nerve surgery and obstetrical nerve paralysis..He was trained in Shanghai, Gua Shan Hospital (Prof. Gu) for contralateral C7 transfer, in Texas Childrens hospital in Huston Texas for brachial plexus surgery and underwent further training visits in Taipeh Chang Gung memorial hospital and in Tokyo with professor Koshima. He specialized in supermicrosurgery in the fields of lymphedema, breast reconstruction and nerve surgery. He is a constant faculty member of the European Group for Supermicrosurgery and also an editor of the Journal Microsurgery. 

Since 2010 he attends the position of the leader of the division of Plastic surgery in the department of trauma and othopedic surgery at the University Medicine in Göttingen. Research includes TMR surgery and clinical studies of neurorehabiltation and lymphedema.


Professor Dejan Popovic

Dejan B. Popović, professor of Biomedical Engineering and member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts works since 1976 in the domain of external restoration of movement. He was professor at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; University of Miami (The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis), Florida, USA; and Aalborg University, Denmark for many years.

He is author/coauthor of about 500 publications, many in highly cited journals. He is author/coauthor of 10 patent applications. He is author of three books directly related to the control of movement in humans with disability. He is assocate editor of the IEEE Trans  Neural Systems and Rebailitation Engineering, and member of the board of Medical Engineering and Physics and Journal of Neuromodulation. He is the founding member of the IFESS society, and founding Fellow of the EAMBES.


Professor David Liebetanz

To be added soon.


Erik Andres, CPO

Erik Andres, CPO- Born in Duderstadt- Germany .

Already early in his profession, he discovered his love to the work with amputees of upper limb. The synthesis of medicine and technique is the fascinating issue for him. Since about 15 years he has been working as a CPO.  After the graduation he worked in the Otto Bock subsidiary in Eindhoven/Netherlands for two years and could build up experience. Since 3 years he is in charge of the department upper limb in the Competence Center of Otto Bock/Duderstadt. He is responsible for prosthetic treatments, as well as for international Academy- activities in the field of Upper Limb. They are carrying out trainings and certifications abroad and in the Academy/Duderstadt. As well development of products and techniques for prostheses are an important part of his activities.

Furthermore since two years he has been working as a lecturer for prostheses of upper Limb in the Private University/Göttingen.

Since his department is busy with TMR, they could get experience of six Prosthetic Treatments after Nerve- Transfer.

Last October he and his team could finalize the first bilateral TMR- Treatment worldwide.


 Mitsuhiro Hayashibe Ph.D.

He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Tokyo, graduate school of engineering in 2001 and 2005 respectively. He was an assistant professor at Jikei University School of Medicine from 2001 to 2006, and a postdoctoral fellow at INRIA France from 2007. Since 2008, he has been a tenured researcher with INRIA and LIRMM at University of Montpellier, Computational Medicine and Neurosciences, DEMAR project. His research interests include modeling and control of neuromuscular dynamics and motor learning in rehabilitation. He received Best Paper Award from Journal of Japanese Society for Computer-aided Surgery and CAS Young Investigator Award, Gold Prize from Hitachi Medical Systems. He is a senior member of Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, IEEE.