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Charles J. Robinson

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Biography

Dr. Charles J. Robinson has brought tremendous skill, dedication, and vision to biomedical engineering and rehabilitation science, and also to a tremendous amount of important work for the IEEE.

A fellow of the IEEE, Dr. Robinson has held dozens of Institute positions, including Director, Society President, Editor, organizer of major conferences, and Chair of the Membership Development Committee. His remarkable achievements include inspiring renewed interest in membership development, founding the journal IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation Engineering, and organizing the groundbreaking 1994 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence.

Recognized internationally for his research and leadership efforts in biomedical engineering and rehabilitation science, Dr. Robinson has more than 50 full publications, 100 abstracts, and 60 invited lectures to his name. He has also edited nine books, proceedings, or special editions.

Charles J. Robinson was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, on 16 July 1947. He received a B.S. in Engineering Science from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1969, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University in 1971, and a D.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in 1979. He was a Postdoctoral Associate in Anesthesiology at Yale University. Dr. Robinson was a Member of the Technical Staff of Bell Telephone Laboratories in Columbus, Ohio, from 1969 to 1974, and has been a registered Professional Engineer since 1974.

In 1992, after close to a decade at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Center, he became Director at the joint Rehabilitative Neuroscience labs of the University of Pittsburgh and the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System. He founded Pitt’s Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, and was its first Chair. In 1999, he earned the Watson Eminent Scholar Chair at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana, where he is also Director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science. The VA has also designated him the first Senior Rehabilitation Research Career Scientist.

Dr. Robinson is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. The many honors he has received include the Czech Association of Medical Sciences’ Purkynje Medal, which is their highest medical scientific honor given a non-citizen.