University of Twente



Integrating social and engineering sciences, developing high tech, with a human touch. It is what the University of Twente is committed to. The University of Twente is an entrepreneurial research university and has 3,300 faculty and staff and 9,000 students. It was founded in 1961 and offers education and research in areas ranging from public policy studies and applied physics to biomedical technology. It’s Institute for Technical Medicine and Biomedical Technology (MIRA) is leading in biomedical technology research in areas ranging from biomechatronics and neural engineering to tissue engineering. It was established in order to increase research efforts regarding the integration of technology in medicine

The SCRIPT project will be executed at the Biomechanical Engineering Laboratory (www.bw.ctw.utwente.nl).It combines mechanical engineering with a strong focus on biomedical research. The group has matrix‐links to both the department for Engineering Technology and the MIRA Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Technical Medicine. The lab has world‐renowned expertise in rehabilitation robotics, robotic interaction, human motor learning, prostheses and orthotics, and biological modelling. It has strong collaborations with research institutes and biomedical companies all over the world, including the Roessingh Rehabilitation Centre and Roessingh Research & Development in Enschede (NL), MOOG Robotics in Nieuw‐Vennep (NL), and Northwestern University in Chicago (USA).

Within Biomechanical Engineering, Prof. Dr. Herman van der Kooij is in charge of the development of rehabilitation robotics and leads a group of five faculty members, eight doctoral candidates, and many other graduate and undergraduate students. Recent projects include LOPES (lower‐extremity rehabilitation exoskeleton), Freebal (passive weight supported rehabilitation training for the upper extremities), the Dampace and Limpact (active upper‐extremity rehabilitation exoskeletons), and MIAS‐ATD (upper‐ extremity support with integrated functional electrical stimulation). The experience gained in developing and using these devices has been disseminated through many peer‐reviewed journal publications, conference contributions, and invited presentations.

Role in SCRIPT: leader of WP2, strong collaboration on WP3, and significant contributions to WP1, WP6 and WP7.

Expertise in SCRIPT: coordination, robotic device development, adaptive interfaces and human robot interaction design, showcases and acceptability evaluation