Peter Veltink (professor)


Full name: Peter H. Veltink



Zuidhorst 225


+31 (0)53 489 2765 (2760)


+31 (0)53 489 2287


Full professor in Technology for the support of human functions



- coordinator EU-ICT 7th framework project INTERACTION: Training and monitoring of daily-life physical interaction with the environment after stroke

- coordinator STW project ReflexLeg: reflexive user control of lower extremity prostheses with controllable efficient actuators (BSS Ph.D. student: Eva Wentink; collaboration: Biomechanical Engineering and Control Engineering)

- coordinator STW project PowerSensor: ambulatory sensing of dynamic interaction between a person with his/her environment (BSS Ph.D. student: Henk Kortier; collaboration with Transducer Science and Technology)

- participant in PIDON project MyoPro on myoelectrically controlled upper extremity prosthesis. Peter Veltink leads the BSS contribution on user feedback (Ph.D. student: Heidi Witteveen).

- coordinator project on monitoring and influencing heart function by vagal nerve stimulation and sensing (Ph.D. student Simone Ordelman)

- coordinator of the MIRA participation in the SmartMix program BrainGain

- Participant in the STW NeuroSipe projects PainSight (coordinated by Dr. Jan Buitenweg) and ‘Movement Diagnostic System for Parkinson’ (coordination of UT part by Dr. Ciska Heida)

- Participant in PIDON projects MIAS and Fusion

Publications P.H. Veltink


Bachelor courses:

- Regulation and Integration, 1st year bachelor Technical Medicine: coordinator of the course and lecturer for dynamic and control systems part

- Biomedical Systems Analysis, 2nd year bachelor Biomedical Engineering

Master courses:

- Biomechatronics (for Biomedical, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering): coordinator and lecturer on biomechatronics concepts, artificial sensing, electrical muscle stimulation

- Biological Control Systems, 1st year master Technical Medicine: coordinator and lecturer (together with Dr. Hans Zwart)

supervision of bachelor and master student projects.


- Head of the Biomedical Signals and Systems group
- Coordinator track ‘Neural and Motor Systems’ of the MIRA Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Technical Medicine

- Chairman of the IEEE-EMBS Benelux chapter


Peter H. Veltink was born in 1960 in Groenlo, the Netherlands. He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Twente (M.Sc. cum laude 1984) where he also performed his Ph.D. research in the area of electrical nerve stimulation (Ph.D. 1988). Currently, he is a professor of technology for the restoration of human function and chairman of the Biomedical Signals and Systems Department at the University of Twente, Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine (MIRA).

His research is in the following areas:


Biomechatronics, artificial motor control, ambulatory sensing of human motor control, specifically ambulatory movement and force sensing, with applications in rehabilitation medicine and biomechanics.


Neural engineering: neurostimulation for neuromodulation, including DBS, neurocardiology, stimulation of spinal cord and cortex for suppression of pain.

Prof. Veltink is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions of Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering and reviewer for many scientific journals. He is the (co)author of over 100 peer reviewed journal papers and many peer-reviewed conference papers (h-factor: ISI: 24; PoP: 30). He has been the treasurer of the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society (IFESS) from 1996 to 2001, and is the chairman of the Benelux IEEE-EMBS chapter since 2005. Prof. Veltink received the Royal Shell Stimulating Prize for his contribution to the rehabilitation-engineering field in 1997 and the Decade of Partnership Award from the company Xsens in 2010.