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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. med. h.c. Robert Riener

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full professor - ETH Zurich | Health Sciences and Technology

Robert Riener is full professor for Sensory-Motor Systems at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich, and full professor of medicine at the University Hospital Balgrist, University of Zurich. His work focuses on the investigation of the sensory-motor interactions between humans and machines and the development of user-cooperative rehabilitation robots, exoskeletons and virtual reality technologies. Riener is the initiator and organizer of the Cybathlon. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles, 20 books and book chapters and filed 25 patents. He has received 22 personal distinctions and awards including the Swiss Technology Award in 2006, the IEEE TNSRE Best Paper Award 2010, the euRobotics Technology Transfer Awards 2011 and 2012, the European Excellence Award 2017 and the Yahoo Sports Technology Award. In 2018 Riener obtained the honorary doctoral degree from the University of Basel.


Bionic exo-muscles for movement rehabilitation

Exo-skeletons for the upper and lower limbs can be very useful to restore movement abilities in two ways. First, they can promote neurorehabilitation as training devices after neurological injuries such as spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury and stroke. Second, they can be used as assistive devices to support patients or elders with gait impairments in daily life situations. However, current devices are still too bulky, too heavy, with too little battery power, and thus, too inconvenient to use. This results to unsatisfactory performance and discomfort. In this talk I will present our novel bionic exo-muscle technology that overcomes those disadvantages and can be used for training and assistance in daily life.