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Title: RR: Rehabilitation Robotics
Short Code: MTE7124
ECTS Credits: 3
Organizer Details: Prof. Dr. Juan Fang, Prof. Dr. Kenneth J. Hunt, rehaLab - Laboratory for Rehabilitation Engineering, Institute for Human Centred Engineering

Report of practical lab work (50 %); oral examination (50 %)

Decision Date: 31 January 2023 
Start Date: 3 March 2023 
End Date: 16 June 2023 
Date Details:

Spring semester, starting 2nd week of semester, every 2nd Friday, 6 hours x 8 weeks, rehaLab (Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory, Room W2/3, Quellgasse 10, Biel).


Lectures, lab sessions / projects, industrial guest lectures, clinical guest lectures,
clinic/industry visits, self study.

Every 2nd week on a Friday. Total contact 48 hours (6 hours x 8 weeks):

  • Lectures/tutorials: 24 hours (3 hours x 8 weeks)
  • Lab sessions/projects: 24 hours (3 hours x 8 weeks)

Self-study: 42 hours

Total Work Load: 90 hours (48 contact + 42 self-study)

Course Location: rehaLab, Rehabilitation Robotics Lab, Room W2/3, Quellgasse 10, Biel


English (Deutsch auch möglich).

Description (max. 300 characters):

Module based at the rehaLab, Institute for Human Centred Engineering, BFH Engineering and Information Technology.

This course will provide an introduction to the technology of rehabilitation robotics, with a deep coverage of several clinically-applied robotic systems. It will also cover the basic neurophysiology of the human sensory-motor system, describe various pathologies that lead to the need for intensive rehabilitation therapy, cover the mechanisms of interlimb coordination during walking, and look in detail at the clinical application of the technology.

The course will include lectures on 8 key topics, and will also place a strong emphasis on practical project work in the rehaLab's Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory, which is well equipped with several state-of-the-art rehabilitation robotics systems: G-EO, Lokomat, Lyra, Erigo, Allegro, and several custom-built devices.

Contents and Learning Objectives:

The course includes the following 8 topics, corresponding to the 8 weeks of the course:

  • Overview of rehabilitation robotics (upper and lower limbs)
  • The human sensory-motor system (neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropathologies)
  • Sensors and actuators (mechanical, electrical, physiological)
  • Control strategies (impedance/path control, gravity/friction compensation)
  • Robotic gait therapy (gait analysis, interlimb neural coupling, CPG, neural plasticity)
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation (exercise physiology)
  • Functional electrical stimulation (muscle physiology, cycling, integration with robotics)
  • Clinical neurorehabilitation (therapy, assessment)
Admission: Write an E-Mail to : with CC to and Students who are not enrolled at BFH must first register with IS-A:!formInscrs.connection?ww_c_formulaire=FORMULAIRE_ERASMUS

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  • ~25 % theory/lectures
  • ~25 % laboratory/project work
  • ~50 % self-study
Contact: Prof. Dr. Kenneth J. Hunt and Prof. Dr. Juan Fang
Contact Person E-Mail:;
Status: will be held
Specialization: Industrial Technologies (InT)

Mechatronics & Automation (MA)

Medical Engineering (Med)


[Responsible for this text: Hunt Kenneth James]