Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers

We are pleased to welcome to following Keynote Presenters at iCREATe 2019

Paula Tesoriero, Disability Rights Commissioner, New Zealand

Paula Tesoriero is New Zealand’s Disability Rights Commissioner. It is her role to protect and promote the rights of disabled New Zealanders. She is also a Paralympian cycling gold medallist, a former lawyer,  was a general manager at Stats NZ and at the Ministry of Justice, has held a range of governance roles on various Boards and is a mum.

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Renzo Andrich, Head, Assistive Technology Research, Don Carlo Gnocchi Fondazione’s Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer (CITT)

Renzo Andrich is the head of the Assistive Technology Research at the Don Carlo Gnocchi Fondazione’s Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer (CITT), Milano, Italy.  In this role Renzo is also responsible for the Italian national assistive technology portal (

Renzo is a researcher and project leader in several EU-funded and national R&D projects.
Renzo is also the President of the European Assistive Technology Information Network, more commonly referred to as EASTIN.


Maureen Linden, Senior Research Engineer, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Maureen Linden, MS, is a Senior Research Engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology, holding dual appointments with the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation and the Center for Advanced Communications Policy. She has more than 25 years’ experience in rehabilitation and assistive technology research, product development, service delivery and technical assistance. Her clinical work has focused on seating and wheeled mobility, workplace accommodations, and home modifications; having experience providing services in the United States medical and vocational rehabilitation models. Ms. Linden’s current research interests focus on the development of new and emerging wireless technologies and their adoption by people with disabilities, workplace accommodations and employment for people in traditional and contingent work scenarios, and accessible education for students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Past research efforts include support surface characterization, pressure sore prevention, and transportation safety. Maureen has been active in standards development activities for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/RESNA, and International Standards Organization (ISO) for over 15 years. Presently, Maureen serves on the Executive Committee of RESNA’s Board of Directors as President-Elect. She holds degrees in electrical and biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia.


A/Prof Rachael McDonald, Department Chair, Department of Health and Medical Sciences; Disability Theme Lead, Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology

Rachael McDonald is a clinical, research and teaching health professional, who has worked in the area of assistive technology and enabling access to health and participation with people with disabilities throughout the lifespan for nearly 30 years. She is currently the research lead in Disability at the Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute and the Department Chair, Health and Medical Science at Swinburne University of Technology, which enables her to extend her traditional interest in Assistive Technologies to encompass the development and evaluation of emerging technologies to enable participation such as Virtual Reality and Machine Learning. She is also actively engaged in projects to address health inequity experienced by people living with disabilities. She currently has 8 PhD students and co-supervises with a number of multidisciplinary colleagues from Design, Computer Science, Psychology, Statistics and Physiology.

In addition to her PhD, Rachael has qualifications in occupational therapy, biomechanics and higher education. Her PhD investigated the acceptability and effectiveness of an adaptive seating system for cerebral palsy, attained at the UCL Institute of Child Health. Since returning to Australia, Rachael has continued and extended this research, through her previous roles at Monash University and the Centre for Developmental Disability and Child Health.


Professor Hongliu Yu, Director of Institute of Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST), China

Prof. Hongliu Yu is the director of Institute of Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST), and the President of Shanghai Engineering Research Center of Assistive Devices. He obtained Ph.D. from University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) with doctoral thesis “Dynamic Modeling and Control of Human Above-knee Intelligent Artificial Leg based on Ergonomics” in 2009. The research areas of him are human bionic mechanics and intelligent control, rehabilitation robotics and human-machine intelligent interaction.

He has held a variety of academic posts, including president of the Coalition of Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology of Asia (CREATe Asia), editor in chief of the Journal of World Rehabilitation Engineering and Devices , director of Committee of Technology and Industry Development, Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine (CTID-CARM), president of Rehabilitation Robotics Alliance, Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine , chairman and secretary general of Committee of Rehabilitation Devices, China Association of Assistive Products(CRD-CAAP), executive council member of Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine (CARM) , chairman of Committee of Rehabilitation Engineering, Shanghai Society of Biomedical Engineering, and etc.


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