Imperial College London
Dr. Aaron Yurkevich is a Postdoctoral fellowship at Imperial College, London with the Human
Robotics Group, which currently focuses on human-robot and human-human
neurobiomechanics. His research interests include wearable robotics, rehabilitation and surgery
and fMRI. Dr. Yurkewich has expertise with robotics, mechatronics, user-centered design,
mentorship & STEM training, project management and entrepreneurship.
Dr. Aaron Yurkewich completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto
working at the Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab (IASTL) with Dr. Alex Mihailidis
to bring stroke rehabilitation devices to the home. Dr. Aaron Yurkewich and his group
developed a robot for upper arm stroke rehabilitation called the Hand Extension Robot Orthosis
(HERO) glove. He then brought occupational therapy students in New Delhi, rehabilitation
engineering students in Toronto and a not-for-profit spinal cord injury organization in
Vancouver together to make the design open-source and the device accessible globally. Dr.
Aaron Yurkewich trained occupational therapists to integrate soft robotic technologies into
therapy, created training manuals for open-source technology makers, and redesigned device
aspects. With these devices and the therapy plans developed stroke patients will recover faster
and more completely so they can get back to work, become independent, and perform daily tasks.
Sunday, September 26, 2021
2:10 PM – 3:25 PM ET