Kathleen is associate professor at the Faculty of Engineering Technology of KU Leuven. She obtained her PhD from KU Leuven in 2005, with a thesis entitled “Robot-Assistance in Total Knee Arthroplasty: Procedure, Registration and Estimation of Local Bone Properties”. From 2004 to 2008, she worked at XIOS University College (Belgium). She returned to Leuven in 2008. She founded the research group Smart Instrumentation, with focus on medical instrumentation, in close collaboration with the University Hospitals. From 2014 to 2019, she was head of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Cluster at Campus Group T Leuven, a dynamic team of 70 persons. Kathleen teaches courses related to (bio)mechanics and is currently (co)promotor of six PhD theses related to the development of smart sensors to support orthopaedic surgery and of robotic tools for surgery and surgical training.