Hugh Herr

Hugh Herr | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Hugh Herr | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Director of Biomechatronics, Co-Director of Extreme Bionics at MIT Media Lab
Achieve natural human movement with Hugh Herr, speaker, director of the Biomechatronics research group and co-director of the Center for Extreme Bionics at the MIT Media lab.
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Hugh Herr is the director of the Biomechatronics research group and co-director of the Center for Extreme Bionics at the MIT Media lab. He is known for his groundbreaking work in creating bionic limbs that redefine the world of disability. Herr's personal story is intertwined with his research, showcasing the possibilities of combining technology with biology. He is currently building the next generation of robotic prosthetics that can perform natural human movement. Herr, who was once a rock-climbing prodigy, lost both his legs below the knees due to severe frostbite while attempting to summit Mount Washington. He now walks on bionic legs designed by his lab. TIME magazine has dubbed him the "Leader of the Bionic Age" and his TED talk, "The New Bionics that let us run, climb and dance," has received over seven million views. Herr is also a prolific author and has received numerous awards for his work, including the 13th Annual Heinz Award for Technology and the 2016 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical & Scientific Research. He holds a Master's degree in mechanical engineering from MIT and a doctorate in biophysics from Harvard University. Herr is also the founder of BionXInc., a company that commercializes the EmPower Ankle-Foot Prosthesis, the first leg prosthesis in history to reach human normalization. His story has been featured in a National Geographic film and various articles and episodes on CNN, The Economist, and Discover and Nature.

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