Damien Sallé

Damien Sallé

He was awarded Ph.D. in Robotics in 2004 from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) for his research on minimally invasive surgical robotics. From 2005 to 2010, he created and managed the R&D department of the French robotics SME Robosoft. He has contributed to the development of more than 10 robotic products and more than 70 applications: from companion robots for elderly people to autonomous transportation shuttles and off-road rugged mobile robots. 

In 2010 he integrates the Spanish technological research center Tecnalia as project manager and creates the Agile and Flexible Robotics group (15 researchers). He defines the scientific and business strategy of the group, manages R&D projects and ensures funding from collaborative and industrial projects. 

Since 2020 he is the coordinator of the technological strategy for Robotics and Automation within all the groups in Tecnalia (82 researchers), promoting transversality and joint technological solutions to provide impact in society and companies. He continues his activities as Senior project manager and in particular promotes and develops a new activity in Robotics for Environmental sustainability and Circular Economy. 

He is also since 2018 the coordinator of the Flexible robotics node of the Basque Digital Innovation Hub (BDIH) in collaboration with the Basque government, promoting the deployment of robotics in the SMEs. 

In 2022, he receives an award for “Research Career Excellence” issued by the Basque government and the Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA), regrouping 17 research centers and more than 4000 researchers. 

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  • Organization
    Tecnalia
  • Profession
    Coordinator of Robotics and Automation
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28 February 2023
16:00 - 17:30 CET Geneva | 10:00-11:30 EST, New York | 22:00-23:30 CST, Beijing
Lihui Wang (KTH Royal Institute of Technology), Damien Sallé (Tecnalia), Fiachra O’Brolchain (Dublin City University)