Fields of interest

Biomechanics, Human locomotor system, robotic support of human movement, tissue interaction, mechanics for rehabilitation and orthopedics


Professor Bart Koopman graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering, specialising in fluid dynamics, and then received his PhD at the end of 1989 from the University of Twente, the Netherlands, on the biomechanics of movement. When the Laboratory of Biomechanical Engineering was founded in 1990, he started working there as a Faculty Member on topics related to the co-ordination of movement. Although his research and publications have involved areas as diverse as biomechatronics, robotics and implant mechanics, these have predominantly focussed on applications in the medical fields of rehabilitation, orthopaedics and neurology. Professor Koopman had supervised more than 300 higher degree research students in Biomedical Engineering. Since 2005 he has served as Chair of the Biomechanical Engineering Department which, during this time, has developed into one of the largest Faculty groups. All research is embedded in the Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine (MIRA) of the University of Twente and facilitated by a strong cooperation and collaboration with various technological and clinical partners.

In my inaugural lecture, presented on February 12, 2009, Bart Koopman gave an impression of the state of the art at that time and his plans for the future. You may find it here (in Dutch).


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  • Medicine and Dentistry

    • Muscle
    • Total Knee Arthroplasty
    • Joint
  • Computer Science

    • Control
    • Design
  • Engineering

    • Joints (Structural Components)
    • Estimation
    • Supports



Estimating Biological Stiffness Without Relying on External Joint Perturbations: A Musculoskeletal Modeling Framework. University of Twente. Cop, C. P. Simultaneous Model-Based Estimation of Joint, Muscle, and Tendon Stiffness is Highly Sensitive to the Tendon Force-Strain RelationshipIEEE transactions on biomedical engineering, 1-11. Cop, C. P., Jakubowski, K. L., Schouten, A. C., Koopman, B., Perreault, E. J. & Sartori, M. spatial localization of ankle muscle sites and model-based estimation of joint torque post-stroke via a wearable sensorised leg garmentJournal of electromyography and kinesiology, 72, Article 102808. Simonetti, D., Hendriks, M., Herijgers , J., Cuerdo del Rio, C., Koopman, H. F. J. M., Keijsers, N. & Sartori, M. support in wheelchairs (scoping review): state-of-the-art and beyondDisability and rehabilitation: assistive technology, 18(5), 564-587. Geers, A. M., Prinsen, E. C., Van Der Pijl, D. J., Bergsma, A., Rietman, J. S. & Koopman, H. F. J. M. the surgical target for optimal implant positioning in robotic-assisted total knee arthroplastyBioengineering, 10(5), Article 543. Tzanetis, P., Fluit, R., de Souza, K., Robertson, S., Koopman, B. & Verdonschot, N. myoelectric control of wrist/hand motion in Duchenne muscular dystrophy: A case studyFrontiers in robotics and AI, 10, Article 1100411. Nizamis, K., Ayvaz, A., Rijken, N. H. M., Koopman, B. F. J. M. & Sartori, M. control of self-organizing vascular networks with programmable aptamer-tethered growth factor photopatterningMaterials Today Bio, 19, Article 100551. Rana, D., Padmanaban, P., Becker, M., Stein, F., Leijten, J., Koopman, B. & Rouwkema, J.

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