EVA: Complementary Modules 2019-20

Complementary modules organized by all institutions participating in the MSE.

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Title: Rehabilitation Robotics
Short Code: RehaRobot
ECTS Credits: 3
Organizer Details: Prof. Dr. Kenneth J. Hunt, Dr. Juan Fang, Institute for Rehabilitation and Performance Technology IRPT

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

Decision Date: 31 January 2020 
Start Date: 17 February 2020 
End Date: 19 June 2020 
Date Details:

Spring semester, starting 2nd week of semester, every 2nd Friday, 6 hours x 8 weeks, Room E125 and Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory (Burgdorf - location).


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: IRPT Burgdorf - click here.


English (Deutsch auch möglich).

Description (max. 300 characters):

Specialisation: Industrial Technologies (INT)
MRU: Technologies in Sport and Medicine (TSM)
Specialisation Option: Rehabilitation and Performance 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 IRPT'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: All specialisations of engineering.

Institute for Rehabilitation and Performance Technology IRPT, irpt.ti.bfh.ch

  • ~25 % theory/lectures
  • ~25 % laboratory/project work
  • ~50 % self-study

Prof. Dr. Kenneth J. Hunt, Dr. Juan Fang; kenneth.hunt@bfh.ch, juan.fang@bfh.ch

Contact Person E-Mail: kenneth.hunt@bfh.ch, juan.fang@bfh.ch
Status: registration open
Specialization: Industrial Technologies (InT)


[Responsible for this text: Kenneth James Hunt]