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Workshop participants of the Telemedicine group

(Biomedical Signals & Systems group / Roessingh Research & Development)

Hermie Hermens (prof.dr.ir.)

Hermie Hermens did his master in biomedical engineering at the University of Twente. His PhD was on surface EMG modeling, processing and clinical applications. He became Professor in Neuromuscular Control at the University of Twente and was founder of Roessingh Research and Development (RRD). In 2008, he became professor Telemedicine and head of the Telemedicine research group, at UTwente and in 2010 director Telemedicine at RRD. He is (co)-author of over 200 journal papers. He is fellow and past president of the Int. Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK), editor in chief of the JBMR and coordinated the Seniam group leading to the first surface EMG standards. His present research is focused on combining Biomedical Engineering with ICT to create innovative Personalised Health Systems for people with chronic conditions.

Hermie Hermens is one of the founders of the Centre for Monitoring & Coaching.

Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten (prof.dr.)

Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten is a human movement scientist. She received her PhD on an innovative assessment method for chronic pain in 1999. Currently she is cluster manager of the research cluster Telemedicine at RRD and Professor in technology supported treatment of patients with chronic disorders at the University of Twente. She is supervising a research staff of 20 people from various backgrounds and 15 PhD’s. She has more than 10 years of experience with large European studies including NEW (KP5), ‘Hellodoc’ (KP6), Clear ICTPSP (ICT-PSP-224985). She was the coordinator of the European Project Myotel (Eten, KP6). Presently she is the coordinator of the European project PERSSILAA aiming at screening of frail elderly and offering them physical, cognitive and nutritional training modules. M. Vollenbroek is strongly involved in the EIP-AHA framework in A3 and B3 action lines. She is (co)-author of over 80 peer reviewed papers.

Monique Tabak (dr.ir.)

Monique Tabak is a biomedical engineer, and received her Bsc and Msc degree from the University of Twente. She received her PhD for the research ‘‘Telemedicine for patients with COPD – new treatment approaches to improve daily activity behaviour’’. She is currently employed as a post-doctoral researcher at both Roessingh Research and Development and the University of Twente. Her interest is to research and develop engaging feedback for health and well-being by means of technology, e.g. ambulant monitoring and feedback, intelligent navigation support, trusted healthcare services and gamification.

Monique is part of the organization committee of the Centre for Monitoring & Coaching.

Harm op den Akker (dr.ir.)

Harm op den Akker is a Researcher at Roessingh Research and Development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a master’s degree in Human Media Interaction, both obtained from the University of Twente. He obtained his doctor’s title in 2014 with a Thesis on “Smart Tailoring of Real-Time Physical Activity Coaching Systems”. As a researcher Harm is working on personalized Human-Computer Interaction for healthcare applications.

Miriam Cabrita (MSc.)

Miriam Cabrita received her MSc in Biomedical Engineering from the Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, in October 2013. Currently she is a PhD candidate at Roessingh Research and Development. Starting with the master research, her main focus has been the personalization of ICT systems in the promotion of healthier lifestyles, mainly in the topic of physical activity. Currently she is involved in two European projects (eWallproject.eu and PERSSILAA.eu) that rely on the use of ICT to help the elderly population living independent.


Thijs Tonis (ir.)

In my PhD research I focus on estimating physical fitness (VO2max) in the daily environment using wearable, on-body sensors. I use physiological signals measured in the daily environment (such as heart rate) and combine this with inertial sensor information to estimate fitness levels. I have a MSc in Electrical Engineering obtained at the Biomedical Signals and Systems group from the University of Twente and have further specialized in wireless sensor networks, sensing technology and more specific in inertial and biomedical signals such as heart rate and ECG. This research is done within the Roessingh Research and Development (RRD) and the Telemedicine group of the University of Twente.


Reinoud Achterkamp (MSc.)

My name is Reinoud Achterkamp. I hold a BSc in psychology and a MSc degree in neuropsychology, obtained from the University of Groningen in 2011. Currently, my work focuses on implementation of theories and models from behavioural sciences into the coaching provided by an existing Telemedicine service; I aim to embed personalized feedback strategies into the RRD Activity Coach. We are currently experimenting with providing tailoring feedback based on a user’s level of Self-Efficacy and Stage of Change.


Cristian Bara (MSc.)

Cristian Bara obtained his MSc. degree in Artificial Intelligence and Vision at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Since 2010 he is working in European and national research projects with a focus on user interaction, interface design and user experience. He took part in building collaborative tabletop technologies for autistic spectrum disorder therapy at Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy. He explored semantic video technologies and user interaction paradigms with semantically enriched media at Seekda GmbH, Vienna, Austria. Currently he is a Ph.D. student at Roessingh Research and Development, Enschede, the Netherlands, exploring user interaction paradigms for smart home technologies, for elderly with chronic diseases, with the scope of facilitating health state self-management.

Josien Timmerman-Vlaskamp (MSc.)

Josien is an occupational therapist and holds a MSc degree in Human Movement Sciences. Her PhD project is part of the Acare2Move project, and involves the design, evaluation, adaptation and implementation of a telerehabilitation service to enable rehabilitation at home for cancer patients following a major thoracic or abdominal surgery. Her main research topics include telemonitoring, (ambulatory) feedback, and behavioral change with the use of e-health.


Esther Moekotte (MSc.)

PhD student at Roessingh Research and Development





Bert-Jan van Beijnum (dr.ir.)

Bert-Jan van Beijnum received his MSc and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Twente, the Netherlands. He is an associate professor in the Remote Monitoring and Treatment section of the BSS research group at the University of Twente. His research is embedded in projects of the Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT) and the Institute of Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine (MIRA). His research focus is on health systems for chronic diseases and well-being, and his research interests include telemedicine, mobile virtual communities for health, smart health systems, smart technologies for decision support, feedback and coaching.


Nick Fung (MSc.)

Born in Hong Kong, Nick has an undergraduate background in biomedical engineering, having graduated from the University of Cambridge with a B.A. and an M.Eng. degree in 2011. Afterwards, in February 2012, Nick joined the Biomedical Signals and Systems group at the University of Twente, where he is working towards a PhD degree in computer science with a focus on knowledge-based systems for telemedicine applications. In particular, as part of the European project MobiGuide, Nick is investigating the issues relating to the provision of knowledge-based decision support to patients by means of personalised networks of physical devices.

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Mohammad Hossein Nassabi (MSc.)

Hossein received his master’s degree in computer science from the Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e). He did his final project at Philips Research, investigating patient adherence in home telemonitoring solutions. He further pursued a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) in Healthcare Systems Design from the Electrical Engineering department at TU/e in collaboration with Philips Research. His main interest lies in using data analysis and machine learning techniques to make the data in telehealth/telecare systems actionable. He is also interested in developing novel telehealth solutions that enable patients with chronic diseases to manage and improve their health condition.


Wendy Oude Nijeweme – d’Hollosy (MSc.)

In 1991, I earned her MSc degree in Computer Science, with a Biomedical note, at the University of Twente. From 1991 to 1996 I worked as a computer scientist and researcher in the department Urologic Information Center Biomedical Engineering (UIC/BME) at the Radboud UMC in Nijmegen. Then till 2000 I worked as lecture in knowledge systems, artificial intelligence, computer graphics and internet applications at the department Technical Computer Science at the HAN University of Applied Sciences in Arnhem. In 1999 I started my own business in web development and IT advice (http://www.ilca.nl). From 2003 till 2005 I also worked at the Roessingh Research and Development (RRD) on different e-Health projects as Exozorg, ALS telecare and CP Zorgketen. In January 2014 I started my PhD research on the eLabEL project of the Center for Care in Technology Research. My research topics are interoperability of IT technology in primary care and the design, development, and evaluation of a generic clinical decision support system (CDSS) in eLabEL focused on commonplace musculoskeletal/sports problems in primary care patients.

Frederiek de Vette (MSc.)

Frederiek de Vette received her MSc degree in Industrial Design Engineering from the University of Twente in 2013. Currently she works as a PhD candidate in the Telemedicine group, where her focus is on increasing motivation in eHealth applications through gamification. She is involved in the projects Maggy and PERSSILAA, both aiming to stimulate a healthier lifestyle for elderly.​


Dirk Weenk (MSc.)

Dirk received his MSc in Electrical Engineering in 2011. His PhD project is part of the Fusion project in which a ‘Click-On-and-Play’ ambulatory 3D human motion capture system will be developed.


Bart Klaassen (MSc.)

Creativity and visualization are two major key components within the research and development I do. I love working in the field, doing measurements and helping other people. Human (and equine/ K-9) function technology, kinematics is one of my favorite research topics. Besides that, I’m very flexible working in different environments and projects for example in health science, human sensory systems and control engineering as long as I can express the work I do in a clear and visual way. I channel the large amount of additional creativity via my own multimedia (video, photo and audio) production company producing promo's, short films, photo-shoots and music.