|MIT Department: Media, Arts, and Sciences
Status: PhD Student
Undegraduate Institution: Tecnologico de Monterry, Mexico
Guillermo Herrera-Arcos is a Mexican technologist driven by how global health problems can be radically transformed with hard science and technology.
His work has spanned into: 1) hardware development of wearable robots and medical devices for rehabilitation and human augmentation purposes, like robotic exoskeletons, prostheses, and orthoses, and 2) the understanding of biological systems like the human brain and the neuromuscular complex, through computational methods, with the purpose of developing better means to interface with and control the human body. His dream is to understand these systems to develop robots and therapeutics that rehabilitate and heal the human body.
He holds a robotics engineering bachelor’s degree from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico, where he studied and designed hardware and software solutions in the biomechatronics and neuroscience fields. His undergrad research includes the development of the first open-source pediatric robotic exoskeleton in collaboration with the company INDI, and a neuroscience study in collaboration with the University of Houston, the first experiment of it’s type in Mexico studying brain responses while appreciating art on freely-behaving humans.
He is the co-founder of Prothesia, a company developing the first digital fabrication laboratory for orthotic devices. By using 3D scanning, software alignment, and digital manufacturing, the company is delivering extreme adequate fitting, more affordable, and 100% personalized orthotic devices to children with cerebral palsy.
He is now a graduate research assistant at the Biomechatronics group within the MIT Media Lab, advised by Prof. Hugh Herr. He is also a graduate student at the program in Media, Arts, and Sciences at MIT.