Fields of interest
Rehabilitation robotics for the lower extremities, human-machine interaction, dynamic balance control, locomotor adaptation, neuroplasticity
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 position of associate professor at the University of Twente. 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 100 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.
Supervised PhD thesis:
- Robot aided gait training and assessment: development of support strategies and assessment methods for LOPES Bram Koopman (10 December 2014).
- Design of a robot-assisted gait trainer: LOPES II. Johannes Hendricus Meuleman (13 November 2015).
- Foot Placement in balance recovery - complex humans vs simple model (sumacum laude). Mark Vlutters (13 December 2017)
- Trans-Spinal Direct Current Stimulation for the Modulation of the Lumbar Spinal Motor Networks. Alexander Kuck (24 January 2018).
- Motor sequence learning in older adults. Jonathan S. Barnhoorn (18 April, 2018)
- Haptic human-human interaction: motor learning & haptic communication. Niek Beckers (12 July 2019)
- Towards postural balance control of exoskeletons. Amber R. Emmens (8 May 2020)
- Towards personalized robot-assisted gait training. Simone S. Fricke (10 July 2020)
- Integrated spasticity assessment and treatment using disentangled joint resistance. Ronald van 't Veld (25 May 2022)
UT Research Information System
Google Scholar Link
I am coordinator and lectures of the master courses Human Movement Control and Identitication of Human Physiological systems. Besides I supervise bachelor and master assignments of mainly the BME and ME program.
Besides I am track coordinator of the Biorobotics specialisation of the Biomedical Engineering Master program.
Affiliated Study Programmes
Courses Academic Year 2023/2024
Courses Academic Year 2022/2023
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”