Lionel Birglen received the B.Eng. degree in Mechatronics from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts et Industries de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France, in 2000, and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering with the Robotics Laboratory, Universite Laval, QC, Canada. In 2005, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, QC, where he is currently a Full Professor in Mechatronics. In 2013, he was a Visiting Associate Professor in the 3ME Department, TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands and in 2018, he was a Visiting Full Professor at the Laboratoire d’Informatique, de Robotique et de Microélectronique de Montpellier (LIRMM), France. His research interests include the kinematic analysis and control of self-adaptive mechanisms, especially underactuated robotic hands, with a particular emphasis on force control. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, as well as four books on the topic of underactuated grasping and mechatronics. He holds three international patents. Dr. Birglen is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Treasurer of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers, as well as a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute.

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