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John Hu, Ph.D. President & CTO

Dr. Hu has over 20 years of research and development experience for robotics and control systems. Dr. Hu designed and developed hardware and software for sensing and control of machine tools for Singapore SpeedyTech Data Machines Corporation. Dr. Hu performed research for the Human Machine Systems Lab at MIT, where he integrated a master-slave telerobotic surgery system with a pair of Phantom robots. He also participated in simulated laparoscopic surgery experiments with an MGH physician and developed algorithms for the successful force feedback control of a telerobotic surgery system.  In 1996 Dr. Hu joined the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, where he worked on leg locomotion and stable walking of legged robots with biological inspired control approaches like central pattern generator (CPG), as well as conventional control approaches. At Nortel Networks, as a senior automation engineer, Dr. Hu led research and development for the automated manufacturing line for fiber optic communication components with high precision nano-stages and Adept robot systems.  At Energid, Dr. Hu directed the R&D on surgical simulation, haptics, and medical robotics. Dr. Hu was the PI for nine projects with DoD and NASA on robotic control, surgical robotics, telepresence robotic operation, haptics and surgery simulation training systems etc. Dr. Hu is the Founder, President and CTO of Hstar Technologies, a company dedicated to innovative medical robotics and systems. Dr. Hu is also a visiting scientist at MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics. 

Yi-Je Lim, Ph.D., COO & Chief Innovation Officer

Dr. Lim has worked extensively in the field of medical robotic system. He is a seasoned leader of development teams, with a background in haptics and robotic system research, including development of real-time medical training devices and healthcare robotic systems.   Dr. Lim serves as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Innovation Officer, overseeing project management, production, and operation at Hstar Technologies.  Before joining Hstar, Dr. Lim was a lead developer for medical training system at Energid Technologies, a firm that provides engineering services and products for advanced robotic, machine-vision, virtual reality, and simulation applications. Dr. Lim also worked at GM Daewoo Auto & Technology for eight years as a research engineer in the area of engineering structural analysis and design of automotive body.  He has a M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).



Luis Barros, Business Advisor

Luis is the Founder and Managing Partner of LB Ventures, a boutique consultancy specializing in venture financing, acceleration and portfolio management. His affiliations and collaborations include serving as a Managing Partner of Portugal Ventures which is an $800M Venture Capital | Private Equity Firm based in Lisbon Portugal & appointment as Co-Director of Industry and Innovation of the MIT's Portugal Program (MPP).

As an investor, his past roles include serving as Senior VP of Investments at the Governor of Massachusetts' $1B Life Sciences Center and Principal at Eli Lilly Venture Fund. Luis also was on the compliance team at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and started his career in sales and marketing, including Johnson & Johnson. He has degrees from MIT Sloan (MBA) and UMASS Amherst (BBA). 


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