Neurorehabilitation Systems

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Principal investigators

Strahinja DosenSTRAHINJA DOSEN

HEAD OF RESEARCH GROUP - ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Strahinja Dosen is an Associate Professor at the Department of Health Science and Technology at Aalborg University in Denmark. His research focuses on the development of rehabilitation methods and technologies related to functional electrical stimulation, exoskeletons and prosthetics, with a particular interest in closed-loop human-machine interfacing, where robust control strategies are combined with artificial sensory feedback to the user.

 

Jakob DideriksenJakob Lund Dideriksen 

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Jakob's primary research interest is the neuromuscular mechanisms underlying control of movement, and how an understanding of these mechanisms can be exploited in the design of neurorehabilitation technologies. He strongly believes that a biomimetic design and a compatibility with the remaining function of the neuromuscular system are essential components for technology usability. In his research, he applies experimental recordings as well as computational modelling. He received his PhD degree in 2012 from Aalborg University, Denmark, and was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Göttingen, Germany from 2012-2015. In 2020, he was awarded the Svend Andersen Talent Prize.  

 

Erika SpaichErika G. Spaich 

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Erika's research area of interest is in the field of rehabilitation technologies used for supporting re-learning/recovering of lost motor functions after brain and spinal cord injury, with focus on gait, postural control, and upper-limb function. Erika's functional electrical stimulation systems and rehabilitation robots to support gait rehabilitation and grasping of tetraplegic and hemiparetic patients, assistive technologies, assessment technologies, gaming technologies, and their combinations. Also, mechanisms that result on sensory-motor impairments and recovery after injury, including central pattern generators and neural plasticity.

 

POST-DOCS

Susan Aliakbary HosseinabadiSusan Aliakbary Hosseinabadi

Susan received her PhD from Aalborg university (AAU) in the area of Biomedical engineering in 2017.  Her research interests are in the assistive BCI systems in neurorehabilitation and assistive area by providing electrical stimulation and sensory feedback. She also has strong biostatistical and engineering background and she could win International BCI reward in 2017 for her work on how attention affects BCI performance. 

 

 

Miguel Nobre CastroMiguel Nobre Castro

Miguel Nobre Castro received his M.Sc.degree inBiomedical Engineering (2013) from Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal, and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering (2020) from Aalborg University, Denmark. He started his research career in the field of biomechanics, where he used musculoskeletal modelling for designing exoskeleton technology to rehabilitate people with impairment of the upper extremities. Currently, he is working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Health Science and Technology at Aalborg University, with a focus on the development of semi-autonomous control algorithms for myoelectric hand prostheses using computer vision. His research interests span the areas of assistive robotics, computer vision, human modeling, and optimization.

 

Fabricio Ariel Jure Fabricio Ariel Jure

Biomedical Engineer who received his degree at the Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos (Argentina). He finished his doctoral studies at Aalborg University (Denmark), where is part of the Neurorehabilitation System research group from the Department of Health Science and Technology (HST). His expertise involves the acquisition, processing, analysis, and interpretation of electrophysiological signals (EMG, ECG, EEG). Currently, he is involved in the design, implementation and testing of experimental protocols to evaluate the quality of sensations and the quantity of feedback information that can be transmitted using electrotactile stimulation, within the framework of the "SixthSense" project. 

 

 

MauricioMauricio C. Henrich

Mauricio did his studies at Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos, where he worked on signal processing of intracerebral recordings of Parkinson’s Disease patients, developing a program to support the implantation of the stimulation electrodes for Deep Brain Stimulation therapy. During his PhD in Aalborg University, he has been studying mechanisms involved in the integration of nociceptive stimuli at the spinal level in healthy humans. Currently, he is involved in the Tactility project developing stimulation protocols for haptic effects using electrotactile stimulation in the hand and fingers. He is also collaborating within the Wearplex project implementing algorithms for hand gesture recognition based on HD-EMGs.

 

 

PHD students

Mohammed Hamdy AbdelhafizMOHAMED HAMDY ABDELHAFIZ

Mohamed holds a master degree in mechatronics engineering from Ain Shams University (Egypt, 2015). Currently, he is working towards his PhD degree at Aalborg University, where he focuses on designing, modeling and implementing a new tendon-based mechanism to improve the capabilities of wearable hand exoskeletons. He also works on methods to control the exoskeleton intuitively using machine-learning technologies.

 

 

Martin Alexander GarenfeldMARTIN ALEXANDER GARENFELD

Martin’s primary working interests lies within biological signal processing, machine learning and sensory feedback to improve closed-loop prosthetic control. The main focus is to accommodate the functionality of state-of-the-art prostheses with intuitive multivariable sensory feedback. His PhD work is funded by the EU project TACTILITY in which he develops haptic effects via electrotactile stimulation of the fingers and palm for greater virtual reality immersion. He is supervised by Jakob Lund Dideriksen and Strahinja Dosen. Martin received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Aalborg University.

 

Shima GholinezhadasnefestaniSHIMA GHOLINEZHAD

Shima’s PhD project focuses on sensory cue integration of non-invasive feedback during closed loop control of functional tasks. In her project, she attempts to investigate whether the artificial feedback is integrated in the neural state estimation process by central nervous system. Her work have important implications for the understanding and design of the methods for the restoration of somatosensory feedback based on the principle of sensory substitution. She works under the supervision of Jakob Lund Dideriksen and Strahinja Dosen. Shima has a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Ulster, United Kingdom.

 

Prithvi Ravi KantanPRITHVI RAVI KANTAN

Prithvi Kantan holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Mumbai University and an MSc. in Sound and Music Computing from Aalborg University, Copenhagen, where he is now pursuing a PhD since January 2021, supervised by Sofia Dahl and Erika G. Spaich. His primary interests lie in the research and development of augmented musical feedback for the healthcare domain, but he has also worked in the past with music information retrieval, rhythm perception and sensorimotor synchronization.

 

Pranav MamidannaPRANAV MAMIDANNA

Pranav is currently working on ways to integrate novel intention decoding algorithms and feedback technolgies to improve state-of-the-art myoelectric control. He holds a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from India, and a masters degree in Applied and Engineering Mathematics from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

 

 

Sabina ManzSABINA MANZ

Sabina is a PhD student focusing on developing a quantitative and qualitative approach to assess differences between lower limb prostheses within the SimBionics scope. This approach will consider functional, psychological as well as cognitive effects that the devices may have on the patients. She is enrolled as an industrial Ph.D. student at Aalborg University in collaboration with Ottobock and under supervision of Pr. Strahinja Dosen and Dr. Jose González-Vargas. Sabina has a master’s degree in Kinesiology with specialization in biomechanics from the University of Calgary in Canada.

 

Luis Pelaez MurciegoLUIS PELAEZ MURCIEGO

Luis is from Spain and got his master’s degree in Embedded Computing Systems at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, with a thesis on EMG signal processing. He is working with Stahinja Dosen and Erika G. Spaich as part of the WEARPLEX project, which aims at producing a new generation of textile-based multiped-electrodes for EMG and FES, that are capable of both recording and stimulating simultaneously.

 

 

Jack TchiminoJACK TCHIMINO

Jack’s work focuses on the development of novel feedback and control interfaces for upper limb myoelectric prostheses. Having recognized the importance of the interplay between the two, his projects will attempt to restore sensations to the user stemming from the prosthetic limb that will enhance the control of the device, as well as the user experience and embodiment of the prosthetic limb. He works under the supervision of Strahinja Dosen and Jakob Lund Dideriksen. Jack has a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Technische Universiteit Delft and a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

 

Naja Tidemann JensenNaja Tidemann Jensen

Naja’s research interest is in the field of assistive technology and her work focuses on studying the effect of using activity chairs to support performing activities of daily living at home by people with disabilities. Naja has a bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy from University College of Northern Denmark (UCN) from 2014 and a MSc in Clinical Science and Technology from Aalborg University from 2017. She is currently employed at VELA – Vermund Larsen A/S and is enrolled as a PhD student at Aalborg University. Her PhD work is supervised by Erika G. Spaich and Tina Helle (VIA  University College).  

 

 

Romain Lucas ValetteROMAIN L. VALETTE

Romain Valette is a PhD student focusing on developing non-invasive artificial sensory feedback interfaces for lower-limb prosthetic users, and learn how to transfer those ideas into successful products within the SimBionics project. He is enrolled in Aalborg University and Ottobock, co-supervised by Pr. Strahinja Dosen and Dr. Jose González-Vargas. Romain has a master's degree in Human Movement Sciences and a master's degree in Biomedical Engineering both obtained from the University of Montpellier in France  

 

 

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