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#ExoMeet 2020 – All About Exoskeletons

With ergonomics and exoskeleton experts from Australia and Europe. Together with specialists in the field, we discussed on September 9th different exoskeleton use cases and the latest scientific findings on stress relief.

Find out about the panelists on this page and get in touch if you want to know more.

Panel discussion and presentation to answer the following questions & more:

What is an exoskeleton?
How are exoskeletons effective?
What will drive exoskeleton adoption?

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ExoMeet 2020 Agenda

ExoMeet virtual timetable

Panel: How are exoskeletons changing the way we work?

This panel aims at answering the question of how exoskeletons are changing the way we work and is tailored for exoskeleton newbies as well as experienced users.
Benefit from bundled knowledge of the panelists in the field of ergonomics, biomechanics, regulatory and insurance or human-robot interaction – so be prepared for interesting discussions and insights into the world of exoskeletons. Keith Govias and Theo Kanellos will be participating from Australia, Saskia Baltrusch, Sascha Wischniewski and Samuel Reimer will be joining from different cities in Europe.
We are very much looking forward to #ExoMeet.
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We welcome Sascha Wischniewski to the #ExoMeet panel on Sept 9!
Sascha is head of unit “Human Factors, Ergonomics” at the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin). His specialties are in Anthropometry, Ergonomics, Digital Human Modelling and Human Factors in Robotics. Sascha is a graduate engineer in Mechanical Engineering from and since 2010 a doctor engineer, also in Mechanical Engineering in Work System Design. His work focuses on the design of human-centered human-technology interaction in the working world with special emphasis on innovative technologies for physical and cognitive work assistants.

Sascha is also an author of various publications in the field of human-technology interaction, among others the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) paper on “The impact of using exoskeletons on occupational safety and health”: – A must-read for everyone interested in #exoskeletons!

Saskia Baltrusch is a human movement scientist and about to complete her PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She currently works as a research scientist at TNO in the department of Sustainable Productivity and Employability. By conducting research in the field of new technologies in the working environment, such as exoskeletons and cobots, she aims to enhance the health of employees. Her current projects focus on human-robot interaction and its effect on job quality, as well as on accelerating the adoption of exoskeletons into construction and industrial manufacturing, done in the EU Project exskallerate.

Her PhD project focused on the development and evaluation of a passive trunk exoskeleton (SPEXOR, for low-back pain prevention and vocational reintegration. She gave insight into factors that can influence the usability and acceptability of an exoskeleton in the working environment, which makes her a great addition to our panels and expert rounds at #ExoMeet on September 9th.

It is with great pleasure that we announce Theo Kanellos as a speaker for our panel at #ExoMeet!

Theo is the company director of Kanellos Consulting Pty Ltd in Melbourne, offering consulting services in the area of OH&S, risk management and ergonomics. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist through the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA) and branch committee member in Victoria, a Chartered Professional Member of the Safety Institute Australia and a Certified OHS Professional. His #ergonomic expertise can be seen in his work as an approved ergonomic consultant on the panel of consultants for ergonomics services to Ambulance Victoria.

As well, Theo was on the #HFESA panel that prepared the recent position paper on #WMSDs.

Theo holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a graduate diploma in ergonomics and a graduate diploma in risk management. With that he is a perfect match for our panel at #ExoMeet.

We are looking forward to interesting talks and Q&A session with Theo.

The Kanellos

We are happy to announce, that Keith Govias will be joining our ExoMeet Panel on September 9th. Keith is currently a Principal Consultant with Gallagher Workplace Risk. He has previously managed Safety and Worker Compensation programs for some of Australia’s most iconic brands including MYER, Kraftfoods International, Harris Scarfe Australia Pty Ltd and The Reject Shop across the last 12 years.

Keith is the current Chair of Health Benefits of Good Work (HBGW) Australian Signatories Group and champions the case for employers and other stakeholders; to work collaboratively with medical providers and workers to build research-based evidence for prevention and RTW strategies that protect, engage and empower ill and injured workers.

Keith has also spoken publicly at conferences with or consulted on Regulator policy and prevention strategies through participation in strategic reference groups for WorkSafe Victoria, SafeWork NSW and WorkCover Qld. He brings a wealth of experience in implementing safety management programs in conventional and self-insured Worker Compensation schemes and has a track record of helping organizations address risk, improve RTW rates and reduce premiums.

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