prof.dr. J.S. Rietman (Hans)

Professor in Rehabilitation and Technology

About Me

Hans Rietman was born in 1960 in Almelo, the Netherlands. He graduated as a physical therapist (PT) in 1982. In 1990 he received his MSc in Medical Sciences (MD) from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Groningen. Thereafter he specialized in Rehabilitation Medicine and became staffmember at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in the University Hospital Groningen and worked there till 2003. Till 2006 he was head of the Rehabilitation Department at the Martini Hospital Groningen. In 2005 he obtained a PhD from the University of Groningen, Faculty of Medicine, for the evaluation of treatment related morbidity in breast cancer patients. In January 2006 he became professor in Rehabilitation Medicine & Technology at the University of Twente. Since June 2007 he is scientific and statutory director of Roessingh Research and Development (RRD) (www.rrd.nl). The institute has a scientific staff of about 15 people and employs over 65 people. RRD also houses the National Centre for Rehabilitation Technology and Pain Rehabilitation. (www.revalidatietechnologie.nl).

In the Medical Spectrum Twente, department of Rehabilitation he performs his clinical tasks as a Physician in Rehabilitation (MD) for two days a week.

His research focuses on the clinical use of technology in restoration of functions in patients with neurological disorders and patients with amputations of upper and lower extremities. He is involved in a diversity of (inter)national projects in which the focus is on technology and rehabilitation. He is co-editor of the Dutch book of Amputation and prosthetics of the lower limbs.

Fields of interest

  • Restoration of human functions / Rehabilitation
  • Human motor control
  • Amputation and Prostheses of upper and lower limbs


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Ancillary Activities

  • Roessingh Centrum voor Revalidatie
    Lid medisch stafbestuur Roessingh
  • EARM
    Lid European Academy Of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • VRA
    Voorzitter Vereniging voor Rvalidatieartsen
    bestuurslid IMDI SPRINT
  • J. Dysablity and Rehabilitation
    Redactie J. Dysability and Rehabilitation
  • Northwestern University (Chicago, USA)
    Adjunct Professor at Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science
  • Roessingh Research and Development
    Managmentteam lid RRD; hoogleraar functie RRD
  • Roessingh Centrum voor Revalidatie
    Revalidatiearts Roessingh
  • ZonMw, TTW
    Voorzitter stuurgroep IMDI 2.0


Prinsen, E. C., Nederhand, M. J., Koopman, B. F., & Rietman, J. S. (2017). The influence of a user-adaptive prosthetic knee on planned gait termination. In 2017 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2017 (pp. 1254-1259). [8009421] IEEE Computer Society. DOI: 10.1109/ICORR.2017.8009421
Kottink, A. I. R., Prange-Lasonder, G. B., Rietman, J. S., & Buurke, J. H. (2017). Assessing the gaming experience of an applied game for rehabilitation of the arm and hand function: A feasibility study. In J. Ibánez, J. González-Vargas, J. M. Azorín, M. Akay, & J. L. Pons (Eds.), Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation (ICNR2016), October 18-21, 2016, Segovia, Spain (Vol. 15, pp. 389-393). (Biosystems & Biorobotics; Vol. 15). Springer International Publishing Switzerland. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46669-9_65
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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W102
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  W102
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands