Massimo Bergamasco is Full Professor of Theory of Mechanisms and Machines at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy. His research activity deals with the study and development of robotic exoskeletons and haptic interfaces for the control of the interaction between humans and Virtual Environments. His present research is focused on perception and cognitive processes. He is the founder of the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory (PERCRO) where he leads the research group on mind sciences. He has been the Scientific coordinator of several National and EU projects, and, recently, the coordinator of the SKILLS Integrated Project and of the ENACTIVE Network of Excellence.
Rachel Zahn is an American psychophysical specialist with more than 40 years of experience as a trainer, psychotherapist, and coach. She specializes in the psychophysical process of “high performance” training for actors, musicians, athletes, and original thinkers (including the rehabilitation from physical and psychological trauma). In parallel, she began her early studies in Cognitive Science with Margaret Mead, R.D. Laing, Milton Erickson, and Humberto Maturana in the United States. She discovered Francisco Varela and later Michel Bitbol in France. At Michel’s suggestion, she entered the University of Paris 1 and is now completing a Doctoral thesis under his supervision: Psychophysical Practice and the Mind-Body Problem: a first- and second-person perspective.