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).