20-03-2018 - Robert Riener: human-centered technologies for movement assistance and rehabilitation


20 Mar 2018

GC De Markten, Oude Graanmarkt 5, 1000 Brussel

Redelijk Eigenzinnig / Reason and Engage (VUB) is an interdisciplinary course for students and a series of lectures and activities open to all. The third edition of Redelijk Eigenzinnig / Reason and Engage explores scopes and impact of new technologies.


Public lecture by Robert Riener: 18:00-20:00

Each year millions of people worldwide need assistive and prosthetic devices to master their lives. Unfortunately, current technology is not ideal and thus not well accepted yet. Cybathlon, a series of Olympic-style competitions offers a new approach to promoting the development of assistive and prosthetic devices. It is a championship for athletes with physical disabilities who are using advanced assistive devices including robotic technologies. The main goal of the Cybathlon is to provide a platform to the larger public that presents and benchmarks novel assistive technologies facilitating daily life of people with disabilities or physical weaknesses. The Cybathlon wants to encourage the exchange between people with disabilities, the general public and the research and development world and increase the acceptance of assistive devices across different cultures. In his lecture Prof. Riener will give us an overview of the recent advances in the area of movement assistance and rehabilitation technologies. To do so he will use some of the experiences and lessons learned from the first Cybathlon-edition (October 2016).

Free entrance, but registration required. Click here to register

Bios / Slides

Robert Riener studied Mechanical Engineering at TU München, Germany, and University of Maryland, USA. He received a Dr.-Ing. degree in Engineering from the TU München in 1997. After postdoctoral work from 1998-1999 at the Centro di Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano, he returned to TU München, where he completed his Habilitation in the field of Biomechatronics in 2003. In 2003 he became assistant professor at ETH Zurich and Spinal Cord Injury Center of the University Hospital Balgrist (“double-professorship”); since 2010 he has been full professor for Sensory-Motor Systems, ETH Zurich. Since 2012, Riener is member of the Department of Health Sciences and Technology, which he is chairing as head since 2016. Riener has published more than 400 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles, 20 books and book chapters and filed 22 patents. He has received 18 personal distinctions and awards including the Swiss Technology Award in 2006, the IEEE TNSRE Best Paper Award 2010, and the euRobotics Technology Transfer Awards 2011 and 2012. Riener’s research focuses on the investigation of the sensory-motor interactions between humans and machines. This includes the development of user-cooperative robotic devices and virtual reality technologies applied to neurorehabilitation. Riener is the initiator and organizer of the Cybathlon.