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Dmitry Popov, Researcher at Harvard BioDesign Lab, Co-Founder and CEO at WurQ

WurQ, launched in 2023, brings AI and exercise science to existing wearables to quantify physical work, and assess the amount, quality, and intensity. Backed by the National Science Foundation and NFL players Health Study during its research phase, the startup has developed core expertise around capturing, processing and interpreting movement data. They've developed a two-sensor system able to capture movement data, such as body orientation and acceleration, that is then fed into deep learning and signal processing algorithms to analyze movements. Their vision is to enable seamless feedback during strength workouts and scale gamification, accountability, and guidance across fitness and healthcare ecosystems.

Lab-to-Launch Lounge

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Dmitry Popov, PhD is a Co-Founder and CEO at WurQ. He earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Korea University of Technology, where he also pursued post-doctoral research focusing on wearable assistive technologies. Dmitry continued post-doctoral research with the Harvard Biodesign Lab, utilizing bio-inspired robotics techniques to develop assistive solutions such as a soft brace to protect against ACL injuries. He was a Technology Development Fellow at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, where he led a project team to build upon prior research on wearable tech and bring WurQ to market. Dmitry’s passion for sport underpins his work, and his inspiration comes from a desire to bring the community and progress visualization of cardio to the strength training sphere.


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