Prof. dr. ir. Bram Vanderborght obtained his doctorate from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in 2007. He performed research at JRL lab in AIST, Tsukuba (Japan) and did postdoctoral research at the Italian Institute of Technology. Since 2009, he has been a professor at VUB. He had an ERC starting grant and is currently coordinating three EU projects on smart and self-healing materials for soft robots. His research interests are human-robot collaboration for applications for health and manufacturing like exoskeletons, prostheses, social robots, drones and cobots. He is affiliated to the Interuniversity Microelectronics Institute (IMEC), Belgium, as scientific collaborator.