Giulio Rognini is a robotic engineer, neuroscientist and entrepreneur. He holds a M.Sc. degree in biomedical robotics from the University of Pisa, Italy, and a PhD in neuroscience robotics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. His work lies at the intersection of human neuroscience, transformative technologies – virtual reality, robotics, neural stimulation – and startups. He has 15 publications in leading neuroscience, medical and robotic journals and proceedings, and his scientific work was covered by the BBC, Le Monde, National Geographic, The Economist, and more. He holds 3 patent applications and 3 granted patents on new robotic interfaces to engineer experience in health and disease. He has co-founded and leads the business development of Metaphysiks Engineering SA, with the ambition to merge the human body with digital worlds, starting with mental health and wellness. STill by Metaphysiks uses audio-tactile virtual reality to create soothing digital spaces for better sleep, relaxation and meditation (still.metaphysiks.ch). Together with Prof. Olaf Blanke, he has pioneered the field of cognetics: the use of robotics to study, restore and enhance human cognitive functions and consciousness.