Dr. Machiel Van der Loos

Machiel Van der Loos

DFP Role: Seminar Steering Committee
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

H.F. Machiel Van der Loos, Ph.D., P.Eng, is Associate Professor and Associate Head – External, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia.  He received a Diplôme d'Ingénieur from the EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland (1978), and a PhD from Stanford University (1992) in human-robot interaction. As Director of the CARIS Lab at UBC, he conducts research in rehabilitation robotics, roboethics, design methodology, and industry-focused human-robot interaction. He has more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, 100 conference papers and 4 book chapters across these subjects, and is Associate Editor for the Journal “Assistive Technology”. Dr. Van der Loos primarily teaches in core design courses, notably the Capstone Design Project course for the department and the “Designing for People” project course across Computer Science, Applied Science and the iSchool. He was the general chair of the IEEE ICORR conference in 2013 the Design Society’s ICED17 conference held at UBC in 2017. Professor Van der Loos is the director of the CARIS Lab and conducts research in design methodology and rehabilitation applications of robotics and roboethics.

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