Prof. dr. ir. Dirk Lefeber was born in 1956. He received a degree in civil engineering and a doctorate degree in applied sciences in 1986 from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He is currently an emeritus Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the former head of Robotics and Multibody Mechanics Research Group, VUB. His research interests include new actuators with adaptable compliance, dynamically balanced robots, robot assistants, rehabilitation robotics, and multibody dynamics.