dr. E.H.F. van Asseldonk (Edwin)

Associate Professor

About Me

Fields of interest
Rehabilitation robotics for the lower extremities, human-machine interaction, dynamic balance control, locomotor adaptation, neuroplasticity, non-invasive direct current stimulation

Edwin van Asseldonk has a master in Human Movement Sciences from the Free University in Amsterdam and a PhD in Biomechanical Engineering from the University of Twente. He currently holds the positions of assistant professor at the University of Twente and of adjunct assistant professor at Northwestern University (Chicago, USA). His research aims to improve the walking ability of patients with neurological diseases like stroke or spinal cord injury by using rehabilitation robotics (therapeutic and assistive) and/or non-invasive direct current stimulation. His current research concentrates on developing balance control strategies for wearable exoskeletons and investigating the human-machine interaction. He is principal investigator on different national (funded by STW and ZonMW) projects and co-principal investigator on international projects (funded by EU) on rehabilitation robotics and non-invasive stimulation. He has published over 50 papers and conference proceedings in the area of balance control during stance and walking, motor adaptation, lower limb rehabilitation robotics and non-invasive brain stimulation. He is member of the Management board of the IMDI CoRE Neurocontrol.





van 't Veld, R. C., Rosu, A. C., van der Kooij, H., & van Asseldonk, E. H. F. (2018). Down-Conditioning of Soleus Reflex Activity using Mechanical Stimuli and EMG Biofeedback. In School and Symposium on Advanced Neurorehabilitation (SSNR 2018) (pp. 38-39)
Beckers, N., Keemink, A., van Asseldonk, E., & van der Kooij, H. (2018). Haptic Human-Human Interaction Through a Compliant Connection Does Not Improve Motor Learning in a Force Field. In D. Prattichizzo, H. Shinoda, H. Z. Tan, E. Ruffaldi, & A. Frisoli (Eds.), Haptics: Science, Technology, and Applications: 11th International Conference, EuroHaptics 2018, Pisa, Italy, June 13-16, 2018, Proceedings, Part I (pp. 333-344). (Lecture notes in computer science; Vol. 10893). DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-93445-7_29
Verwey, W., Barnhoorn, J., van Asseldonk, E., Panzer, S., Vieweg, J., Voelcker-Rehage, C., ... Seidler, R. (2017). The Re-LOAD project: motor Learning in Older ADults.

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Our work on the development and use of the robotic gait trainer LOPES and the wearable exoskeleton Mindwalker has attracted considerable national and international attention in the popular media.

In the press



RTV oost nieuws, May 6, 2014: “Roessingh en Universiteit Twente ontwikkelen revalidatierobot Lopes”.

Omroep Gelderland nieuws, May 14, 2014: “Sint Maartenskliniek test nieuwe looprobot”.

BBC news, Sep 25, 2011: “Robo legs help stroke victim to walk”.

SBS6 Hart van Nederland, Oct 3, 2011: “Robot is doorbraak in revalidatie”.

Reuters, Jan 12, 2011: “Robot legs help stroke survivors to walk again”.

NTR-VPRO program Labyrinth, Apr 5, 2011: “De machinemens”.

Vara’s Nieuwslicht, Nov 19, 2008: “Robot benen helpen mensen sneller op de been


BNR eyeopeners, May 12, 2014: “Een robot die je leert lopen”.

Newspapers, websites & magazines

LOPES II in De Ingenieur, Nov 2014: Weer leren lopen: robot ontlast fysiotherapeut

LOPES II in Bits & Chips, Sep 19, 2014: “Looprobot zet stap naar commerciële versie

LOPES II in De Gelderlander, May 9, 2014, : “Robot leert patiënten in kliniek weer lopen

LOPES II op RTLnieuws site, May 8, 2014: Looprobot Lopes II is een grote stap vooruit

LOPES II op nu.nl, May 6, 2014: “Klinieken zetten nieuwe looprobot in voor revalidatie patiënten

Lopes in The Consultant Journal, Oct 2011: “Dutch Rehabilitation robot helps patients to learn how to walk again



Euronews, Sep 30, 2013: “Exoskeletons on the March”.

Newspapers, websites & magazines

Mindwalker in de New Scientist, Jun 7, 2014: “Exoskelet laat verlamde mensen lopen

Mindwalker in de Ingenieur, Sep 6, 2013: “Exoskelet dat het wel doet”.
Mindwalker in Horizon the EU Research and Innovation Magazine, May 30, 2014: “Walking again with an exoskeleton

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W106
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  W106
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The Netherlands