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After postdoctoral work at the Centro di Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano from 1998 to 1999, he returned to the TU München, where he finished his Habilitation in the field of Biomechatronics about multi-modal VR applied to medicine in January 2003.
Since his activity in Zurich Riener develops robots and interaction methods for motor learning in rehabilitation and sports.
His current research interests involve human motion synthesis, biomechanics, virtual reality, man-machine interaction, and rehabilitation robotics.
He authored and co-authored more than 400 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles and 20 patents.
Seminar: Bio-Cooperative Rehabilitation Robots
to follow at 3:00 pm (flyer) Robotic technologies and their clinical applications play an increasingly important role in neuroscience.
Novel robotic applications are being developed or are already in standard clinical use within the different therapeutic phases ranging from diagnostic neuroimaging via neurosurgical technologies to therapeutic treatments in the acute, subacute, and chronic stage of neurorehabilitation.
However, most “neuro-robotic” applications work with patients in a “master-slave” relationship, thus, forcing the patient or operator to follow a predetermined motion without consideration of voluntary efforts or behaviour of the patient.
During such unidirectional communication, the loop is not closed by the human in order to adjust the device to the biomechanical or physiological state of the patient, or his/her engagement and intention.
Biomechanical integration involves ensuring that the robot assists in a compliant way, just as much as needed, so that the patient can contribute to the movement with own voluntary effort.
Psycho-physiological integration involves recording and controlling the patient’s physiological reactions so that the patient receives appropriate stimuli through a virtual reality scenario.
In this talk, I will present examples of biomechanical and psycho-physiological integration of patients verified with different robots applied to the neurorehabilitation of gait and arm function.
Riener has authored and co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles, 20 books and book chapters and more than 20 patents.
BioMechanical Engineering (BMechE)
Heike Vallery has published more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, ﬁled 7 patent applications, and received diverse fellowships and awards, such as the 1st prize of the euRobotics Technology Transfer Award 2014 for the project “THE FLOAT”, a Vidi fellowship in 2016 from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, and the Henk-Stassen Award for Best Young Researcher BME 2017.