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

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.



Medicine & Life Sciences
Spinal Cord Injuries
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
Engineering & Materials Science


Lora-Millán, J., Nabipour, M. , van Asseldonk, E. H. F. , & Bayon, C. (2023). Advances on mechanical designs for assistive ankle-foot orthoses. Frontiers in bioengineering and biotechnology, 11, [1188685]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fbioe.2023.1188685
Ruiz-Rodriguez, A. , Hermens, H. , & Van Asseldonk, E. (2023). HEROES, Design of an Exergame for Balance Recovery of Stroke Patients for a Home Environment. In CHI 2023 - Extended Abstracts of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems [499] Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3544549.3577037
van Mierlo, M. (Accepted/In press). Recovering linear and angular momentum during walking. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036556149
Zwijgers, E. , van Asseldonk, E. H. F., Vos-van der Hulst, M. , Geurts, A. C. H., & Keijsers, N. L. W. (2022). Impaired foot placement strategy during walking in people with incomplete spinal cord injury. Journal of neuroengineering and rehabilitation, 19(1), [134]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12984-022-01117-0
Li, Y., Sena, A., Wang, Z., Xing, X., Babič, J. , van Asseldonk, E., & Burdet, E. (2022). A review on interaction control for contact robots through intent detection. Progress in Biomedical Engineering, 4(3), [032004]. https://doi.org/10.1088/2516-1091/ac8193
Ornelas Kobayashi, R. E., Gogeascoechea Hernandez, A. D. J., Tomy, L. J. , van Asseldonk, E. H. F. , & Sartori, M. (2022). Neural data-driven model of spinal excitability changes induced by transcutaneous electrical stimulation in spinal cord injury subjects. In 2022 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR) IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICORR55369.2022.9896517
Hagedoorn, L., Zadravec, M., Olenšek, A. , van Asseldonk, E., & Matjačić, Z. (2022). The Existence of Shared Muscle Synergies Underlying Perturbed and Unperturbed Gait Depends on Walking Speed. Applied Sciences (Switzerland), 12(4), [2135]. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12042135
van 't Veld, R. C. (2022). Integrated Spasticity Assessment and Treatment using Disentangled Joint Resistance. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, Biomechanical Engineering]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036553919

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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 in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.

Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

Current Projects

Finished Projects


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