Prof. Doina Pisla
Rehabilitation robotics is one of the most important subdomains of the medical robotics, with a highly potential worldwide, and its development is correlated with the increased life expectancy and the growing number of elderly persons. The already achieved robotic systems for rehabilitation of upper and lower limbs have shown a continuous evolution in this challenging and difficult research field. Stroke is one of the leading causes of motor disability and a post stroke patient must undergo rehabilitation exercises to gain back its ability to perform daily life activities. The main problem here is that in the future, more precisely in the next 20 years, there is a crisis projected because the incidence of stroke will rise due to the ageing of the population and the survival rate of stroke will also increase due to medical innovation, which in turn will lead to an increased number of post stroke patients relative to the number of kineto-therapist, creating an unbalance in the healthcare system. Therefore, it is important to develop innovative robotic systems which allow physical therapists to develop patient-oriented rehabilitation programs that can maximize the therapeutic effects aiming towards an increased quality of life in the framework of Activities of Daily Living.
Prof. Doina Pislais currently the Director of Council for University Doctoral Studies within the University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania and the Director of the Research Center for Robots Simulation and Testing (CESTER) within the same university.
Professor Doina PISLA obtained her PhD within the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in 1997. Following an academic carrier, she became full professor at the Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering in 2005, teaching lectures in Parallel Robots and Medical Robotics.
Prof. Pisla’s research activity is focused mainly on the field of Robotics and Mechatronics, with emphasis on the kinematics and dynamics of parallel robots, development of innovative medical robots, intelligent systems, reconfigurable structures. As a result of her scientific activity, Prof. Pisla published over 250 peer-reviewed full papers in scientific journals and conferences, co-authored over 10 patents.
As a high recognition of her outstanding scientific results, professor Doina Pisla received the most prestigious Romanian Academy Award, namely “Traian Vuia” Award in 2022. She has been director or key member of more than 50 international and national projects. In the meanwhile, she served in boards and program committees of various international conferences and congresses, being currently member of the Technical Committee for Computational Kinematics and for Biomechanical Engineering of International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science (IFToMM).
She serves also as reviewer in various journals and funding agencies and Editor of the Series “New Trends in Medical and Service Robotics” (Springer).