In 2006, I received my Master degree of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Twente in the field of rehabilitation robotics, where I investigated the effect of passive vs. active learning of novel visuomotor tasks. As a PhD student, I developed an innovative flexible spinal implant system that is able to correct a spinal deformity such as scoliosis. The system prevents permanent spinal damage by avoiding vertebral fusion. I successfully defended my thesis in Biomechanical Engineering at the University of Twente in 2012. As a post-doctoral research associate, I am currently working in the field of biomechatronics at the University of Twente. I am involved in several projects regarding the designing and integration of robotics in rehabilitation, the upper extremities in particular.
Currently I am also involved in the Twente Robotics Programme, in which we play a leading role in expanding the field of robotics from factories to consumer and service sectors.