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Practical neuroscience-based robot-assisted rehabilitation

Professor Etienne Burdet will start the discussion by addressing the constraints in the design of rehabilitation robots.

  • 13 May 2022, 11.00am to 13 May 2022, 1.00pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • This is an online event.

This event will be hosted on Zoom. You can access the webinar on the day by visiting and using the following details:

  • Zoom ID: 945 7716 2625
  • Zoom passcode: 749361


The number of individuals with motor impairments due to neurological diseases (e.g. stroke, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury) is increasing. Physical training with a therapist can improve the sensorimotor abilities of impaired individuals; however the benefits are currently limited by human or financial resources. Therefore, we aim at creating safe and inexpensive robotic rehabilitation systems to complement the work of therapists that can be used widely, from the hospital to home, in every country. This lecture will present how we address these constraints in the design of rehabilitation robots, how we carry out neuroscience experiments to help design simple systems, and how we investigate major factors such as how to present sensory feedback and the motivation to train.

Speaker biography

Professor Etienne Burdet is Chair of Human Robotics at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in UK. He is also a visiting Professor at University College London. He holds an MSc in Mathematics (1990), an MSc in Physics (1991), and a PhD in Robotics (1996), all from ETH-Zurich. He was a postdoctoral fellow with TE Milner from McGill University, Canada, JE Colgate from Northwestern University, USA and Mitsuo Kawato of ATR in Japan. Professor Burdet's group uses an integrative approach of neuroscience and robotics to:

  • investigate human motor control
  • design efficient systems for training and rehabilitation, which are tested in clinical trials and commercialised

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