prof.dr.ir. H.J. Hermens (Hermie)

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About Me


  • professor Neuromuscular control (since 2003) & Telemedicine (since 2008)
  • director Telemedicine - Roessingh Research & Development
  • director technology of the Centre for Care Technology Research (acknowledged by ZonMw/IMDI),
  • co-founder of the Centre for Monitoring and Coaching, a multidisciplinary expertise centre for smart technology in health and wellbeing, a center initiated and supported by CTIT
  • Visiting full professor at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland
  • Editor in chief of the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (JBMR)
  • Past-President and fellow of the international Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK)

Prof. Dr. Ir. Hermie J. Hermens studied biomedical engineering at the University of Twente, then became head of the research group at Roessingh, Centre for Rehabilitation. In 1990 he was co-founder and first director of RRD. He did his PhD on surface EMG, became professor in Neuromuscular Control (2001) and later (2010) professor in Telemedicine. Currently he supervises 15 PhD students. 26 PhD students finished under his (co)supervision.

He is (co) author of over 280 peer reviewed publications and his work was cited over 13000 times (H-index 55). He coordinated three succesfully completed European projects (Seniam, Crest, and Impulse), is coordinator of the recently acknowledged European project COUCH (ranked 4th of 188 proposals), and co-acquired and participated in over 25 other European projects in the area of surface EMG, functional electrical stimulation and ICT. He is fellow and past president of the Int. Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK), editor in chief of the JBMR and coordinator of the Seniam group leading to the first surface EMG recommendations. His present research is focused on combining Biomedical Engineering with ICT to create new end-to-end Telemedicine applications for people with chronic disorders


Medicine & Life Sciences
Foot Orthoses
Engineering & Materials Science




Nikamp, C. D. M., Kwakkel, G. , Prinsen, E. C., Nijland, R. H. M., van Wegen, E. E. H. , Hermens, H. J. , & Buurke, J. H. (2022). Allied Rehabilitation Using Web-Based Caregiver MEDiated Exercises for STROKE: The ARMED4STROKE Trial Design. In D. Torricelli, M. Akay, & J. L. Pons (Eds.), Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on neurorehabilitation IV: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Neurorehabilitation (ICNR2020), October 13-16, 2020 (pp. 427-431). (Biosystems and Biorobotics (BioSysRob); Vol. 28). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70316-5_68
Nikamp, C. D. M. , Rietman, J. S. , Prinsen, E. C. , Hermens, H. J. , & Buurke, J. H. (2022). Ankle-Foot Orthoses in the Rehabilitation After Stroke: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial. In D. Torricelli, M. Akay, & J. L. Pons (Eds.), Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation IV: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Neurorehabilitation (ICNR2020), October 13-16, 2020 (pp. 233-238). (Biosystems and Biorobotics (BioSysRob); Vol. 28). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70316-5_38
van Rossum, M., Vlaskamp, L., Posthuma, L., Visscher, M., Breteler, M. , Hermens, H., Kalkman, C. J., & Preckel, B. (2022). Adaptive threshold-based alarm strategies for continuous vital signs monitoring. Journal of clinical monitoring and computing, 36(2), 407-417. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10877-021-00666-4
Other Contributions
Selected publications
  • Akker, Harm op den and Jones, Valerie M. and Hermens, Hermie J. (2014) Tailoring real-time physical activity coaching systems: a literature survey and model. User modeling and user-adapted interaction, 24 (5). pp. 351-392. ISSN 0924-1868

  • Fung, Nick L.S. and Jones, Valerie M. and Widya, Ing and Broens, Tom H.F. and Larburu, Nekane and Bults, Richard G.A. and Shalom, Erez and Hermens, Hermie J. (2016) The conceptual MADE framework for pervasive and knowledge-based decision support in telemedicine. International journal of knowledge and systems science, 7 (1). pp. 25-39. ISSN 1947-8208

  • Tabak, M. and Vollenbroek-Hutten, M.M.R. and Valk, P.D.L.P.M. van der and Palen, J.A.M. van der and Hermens, H.J. (2014) A telerehabilitation intervention for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: a randomized controlled pilot trial. Clinical rehabilitation, 28 (6). 582 - 591. ISSN 0269-2155

  • Hermens, H. and Akker, H. op den and Tabak, M. and Wijsman, J. and Vollenbroek, M. (2014) Personalized Coaching Systems to support healthy behavior in people with chronic conditions. Journal of electromyography and kinesiology, 24 (6). pp. 815-826. ISSN 1050-6411

  • Boerema, Simone T. and Velsen, Lex van and Vollenbroek-Hutten, Miriam M.R. and Hermens, Hermie J. (2016) Value-based design for the elderly: An application in the field of mobility aids. Assistive technology . pp. 1-9. ISSN 1040-0435

  • Klaassen, B. and Beijnum, B.J.F. van and Hermens, H.J. (2016) Usability in telemedicine systems—a literature survey.International journal of medical informatics, 93 . pp. 57-69. ISSN 1386-5056

  • Josien G. Timmerman, Thijs M. Tönis, Marit G. H. Dekker-van Weering, Martijn M. Stuiver, Michel W. J. M. Wouters, Wim H. van Harten, Hermie J. Hermens and Miriam M. R. Vollenbroek-Hutten. Co-creation of an ICT-supported cancer rehabilitation application for resected lung cancer survivors: design and evaluation. BMC Health Services Research 2016, 16:155 doi:10.1186/s12913-016-1385-7

  • Velsen, Lex van and Wildevuur, Sabine and Flierman, Ina and Schooten, Boris van and Tabak, Monique and Hermens, Hermie (2016) Trust in telemedicine portals for rehabilitation care: an exploratory focus group study with patients and healthcare professionals. BMC medical informatics and decision making, 16 (11). ISSN 1472-6947

  • Prange, Gerdienke B. and Jannink, Michiel J.A. and Stienen, Arno H.A. and Kooij, Herman van der and IJzerman, Maarten J. and Hermens, Hermie J. (2010) An explorative, cross-sectional study into abnormal muscular coupling during reach in chronic stroke patients. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 7 (14). ISSN 1743-0003

  • Vossen, Helen and Os, Jim van and Hermens, Hermie and Lousberg, Richel (2010) The predictive value of pain event-related potentials for the clinical experience of pain. Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, 9 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 0219-6352

  • Hermens, H.J., Vollenbroek-Hutten, M.M.R.Towards remote monitoring and remotely supervised training(2008) Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 18 (6), pp. 908-919.

  • Fleuren, J.F.M. and Snoek, G.J. and Voerman, G.E. and Hermens, H.J. (2009) Muscle activation patterns of knee flexors and extensors during passive and active movement of the spastic lower limb in chronic stroke patients. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 19 (5). e301-e310. ISSN 1050-6411

  • Kallenberg, Laura A.C. and Hermens, Hermie J. (2009) Motor unit properties of biceps brachii in chronic stroke patients assessed with high-density surface EMG. Muscle and Nerve, 39 (2). pp. 177-185. ISSN 1097-4598

A rather complete overview of the publications and some relevant statistics can be found at Research Gate.

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Involved in the following educational/supervision activities:

  • Coordinator Biomedical Engineering track Health Care Technology
  • Supervised over 70 master students in Biomedical Engineering
  • External examiner of 7 PhDs abroad (Denmark: 3, England: 2, Scotland: 1, Suisse 1)

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

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