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Prof. Alon Wolf

Professor and Dean, Technion I.I.T, Israel

Prof. Wolf earned all his academic degrees from the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Israel. For his PhD research he developed the first concept of, what later became, Renaissance surgical robot by Mazor. He then joined the robotics institute at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) as a research scientist, as well as the Institute for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery as a research faculty and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as an Adjunct Faculty of CT Surgery. Here he developed a snake robot and founded Medrobotics. Flex system by Medrobotics is FDA approved for surgery by the FDA. In March of 2006 Wolf returned to Israel and joined the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion. Here he founded the Biorobotics and Biomechanics Lab (BRML) where he develop fundamental theories in bio-kinematics and biomechanics as well as apply these theories to applications in medical robotics and biorobotics. Prof. Wolf’s work was published in many publications in leading international scientific journals, Book chapters, Patents, and conferences. Prof. Wolf is the director of FIRST in Israel, a volunteering activity to promote STEM (science technology and math) among young school students (close to 30,000 participants in Israel). He is also leading the Helping Hand project where he leads the development and giving away, for no cost, of 3D-printed robotics hands to children, in need, all over the world. Wolf is also an Associate Editor for the prestige journal of Clinical Biomechanics, and previously of the ASME journal of mechanisms and robotics, he also serves in editorial board of several other leading international journals. He won numerous research awards and was elected to the 2016-2017 IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society Distinguished Lecturer Program and was awarded Fellow of the American Association of Mechanical Engineers. In 2023 he received Doctor Honoris Causa (Dr.h.c) Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He is a visiting distinguished professor in the Bologna Business School. In the last five years he is heading the Israeli Olympic Sport Research Centre – a collaboration between the Israeli Olympic committee and the Technion and work closely with the Israeli Olympic athletes. Prof. Wolf’s urban search and rescue snake robot and his surgical snake robot were elected best technology of 2012 and 2014 respectively, by the prestige journal of popular science.

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