Photo: Gijs van Ouwerkerk


Oresti Baños (Assistant professor)
Oresti Baños is a Telecommunications and Electrical Engineer. He pursued his PhD in Computer Science at University of Granada on expert systems for wearable activity recognition. He worked as a Project Manager and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Kyung Hee University in South Korea. He investigates in the area of "Holistic, Adaptive and Evolutionary Modeling of Human Behavior" and "Personalized Coaching Systems" and he also teaches in the CreaTe programme on Smart Technologies.

Bert-Jan van Beijnum (Associate professor)
Bert-Jan van Beijnum is an associate professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS / EWI) of the University of Twente (UT). He is a member of the Remote Monitoring & Treatment (RMT) group. His research is embedded in projects of the Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT) and the Institute for Biomedical Technology  (BMTI) of the University of Twente.

Jan Buitenweg (Associate professor)
Jan Buitenweg (associate professor) is initially trained as an electrical engineer. From the start of his education he specialized his expertise towards biomedical research and especially on neurophysiology. Since his PhD on neuroelectronic interfacing, he develops methods for observation and modulation of chronic pain mechanisms.

Joost le Feber (Assistant professor)
Joost le Feber received the MSc in electrical engineering at Delft University and a PhD from the Medical Faculty at Erasmus University Rotterdam. His current research focuses on connectivity, plasticity, and excitability in (cultured) neuronal networks, aiming to bridge the gap between cellular neurophysiology and cognitive processes.

Ainara Garde (Assistant Professor)
Ainara is specialized in biomedical signal processing, focused on cardio-respiratory disorders. Her current research interests include the characterization of the cardio-respiratory pattern in patients with cardiac or respiratory failure, and the implementation of viable mobile health solutions to enhance patient-centered care using innovation in technology and treatments.

Ciska Heida (Associate professor)
Ciska Heida has a background in Electrical Engineering. Her primary research interests focus on the application of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. She combines computational modeling and experimental research to unravel the mechanisms underlying DBS therapy and to simulate and test new therapeutic strategies.

Hermie Hermens (Full professor)
Hermie is a biomedical engineer with a strong background in sensing of motor function, especially surface EMG. His main research interest is in combining biomedical engineering with ICT to realise remote monitoring and to enable remotely supervised training.

Val Jones (Senior researcher)
Val has a BA Hons. in English Language and Literature and a PhD in Sociolinguistics, and has conducted research in Sociolinguistics, Computer Science and Health Services Research. Current interests: BAN-based applications in health care, and the computer science research issues they raise.

Peter Veltink (Full professor, Chair of department)
Peter Veltink is an electrical engineer, who specialized in Biomedical Engineering. His main research interests are in biomechatronics (support and sensing of human motor control) and neural engineering (neurostimulation, neuromodulation, and neurocardiology).

Miriam Vollenbroek (Full professor)
Miriam is a human movement scientist with a strong research background in innovation of care using technology for people with chronic diseases experiencing problems with motor performance. Her main research interest is how to develop telemedicine applications that enable patients to train in their own daily environment in an effective manner as well as evaluation of these applications.

Richard van Wezel (Full professor)
Richard is a neuroscientist with a background in neurophysiology, sensory processing and cognition. He performed his PhD at Utrecht University and received a VIDI-grant. Current interests are in neural plasticity and cortical neural network recording and imaging.

Yan Zhao
Yan is an electrical and biomedical engineer, with a background in neuronal modeling, electrophysiology, and neuromodulation. Her research focuses on applications of neuroengineering to the study and treatment of neurodegenerative eye and movement disorders.

Supporting staff


Ed Droog
Design and implementation of analogue and digital electronics for physiological instrumentation.

Labview programming “on demand” and of above mentioned instruments.


Sandra Westhoff (Secretary)

Secretarial support for the BSS group

Gerco Hassink
Lab manager

Bettie Klomphaar

Marcel Weusthof (Safety coordinator)
Design of Multi-Micro-Electrode Systems of mainly glass-metal-elastomer technology or components derived from these materials

Carrying out a broad range of Micro (Clean room) technologies in favor of etching methods, soft lithography, glass operation.

(Micro)assembling of systems

Post-doctoral researchers



Murielle Ferraye

Murielle is a neuroscientist with a background in human movement science, neuroimagery and neuromodulation. Her primary research goals range from increasing knowledge on the pathophysiology of gait and balance disorders in Parkinson’s disease through fundamental scientific research, to more applied research, with a strong drive to find clinical benefits based on this knowledge. This led her to develop and evaluate the efficacy a new visual cueing device, the Cue-shoe, able to reduce freezing of gait and improve patients’ mobility.

Abdel Nemri

Abdel has a background in experimental neuroscience, specifically visual information processing in the cortex, and is now doing research in practical applications of neuroscience research to assist patients with disabilities. He is involved in the Smart Glasses for Parkinson’s project as well as the more recent work on developing facial emotion recognition technology for the visually impaired.

Monique Tabak

Monique has a master degree in Biomedical Engineering. Her main research interests include motivational strategies to promote healthy behaviour by means of technology, e.g. ambulant monitoring and feedback, intelligent navigation support, trusted healthcare services and gamification, especially for elderly and people with chronic conditions.

PhD candidates


Reinoud Achterkamp
Reinoud Achterkamp received his BSc and MSc degree in (Neuro)Psychology in 2011 from the University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands. He is currently working at Roessingh Research and Development as an external PhD candidate. His research focuses on combining knowledge from behavioral science with telemedicine. More specifically, he is working on development, implementation and evaluation of smart personalized adaptive feedback strategies for an ambulant activity based feedback module.

Akshita holds a B.Tech and MS by Research degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IIIT-Hyderabad, India. She started her PhD at the University of Twente in 2015 and is affiliated to the Biomedical Signals and Systems (BSS) group. Her research project is part of the eNHANCE project and her current work focuses on development of adaptive support intelligence to be used in upper extremity support system for day-to-day activities, rehabilitation and motivation of stroke and DMD patients.

Her research interests lie in the field of multimodal human computer/robot interaction, adaptive assistive technology and machine learning.

Simone Boerema (External, PhD candidate)
Simone Boerema received het BSc and MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. Her PhD research is on designing and evaluating the added value of home telemonitoring for patients and their informal caregivers using wireless sensor technology.

Miriam Cabrita (External, PhD candidate)
Miriam Cabrita received her MSc degree in Biomedical Engineer from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) in 2013. Her PhD research focus on the enhancement of technology-based interventions to promote Active Ageing through motivation of physical activity and emotional well-being.

Kees van Dijk
Kees earned his MSc degree in Electrical Engineering in 2012 at the University of Twente. His PhD research focuses on feedback controlled deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease. This involves development of computational models of the Subthalamic Nucleus and novel deep brain stimulation protocols.

Lamia Elloumi
Lamia holds a MSc degree in Web Intelligence from Jean Monnet University, Saint-Etienne - France. Her PhD topic is Physical Activity Support Virtual Communities. Her main research interests are: Web 2.0, e-Health and Mobile Healthcare Virtual Communities.

Fieke Everts (External, PhD candidate)
Fieke’s ambition is to increase the supply and quality of e-health for cancer outpatients. She is investigating to what extent two different e-health interventions work in lowering fatigue after cancer. Her PhD-project is a collaboration between the RRD and the Helen Dowling Institute, a clinical psycho-oncology practice center in Utrecht/Bilthoven.

Nick Fung
Nick received his B.A. and M.Eng. degree in Engineering for the Life Sciences from the University of Cambridge. His PhD topic is part of the MobiGuide project and is entitled "Clinical Decision Support for the Mobile Patient". It involves research on the appropriate knowledge acquisition mechanisms and reasoning techniques for mobile devices.

Xenia Hoppenbrouwer
Xenia has a background is in Technical Medicine with the master track Medical Sensing and Stimulation. During her PhD she works on the development and validation of analysis techniques to recognize, diagnose and treat sleep disordered breathing in children.

M. R. Mohamed Irfan
Irfan is a Masters Electrical Engineering Student. He is doing his combined Masters-PhD research in a part of NeuroCIMT project titled 'Wearable Neuro Biofeedback'. His goal is to define a minimal sensing system with real time biofeedback for assessing movement in Stroke and Multiple Sclerosis subjects.
Please find here a poster from Irfan on the results of the INTERACTION project and how he has planned to use its results in the NeuroCIMT project.

Sabine Janssen
Sabine Janssen received a MSc degree in Medicine at the Radboud University in Nijmegen in 2013. She then started as a resident in Neurology at the Radboud university medical center. In 2015 she started her PhD at the University of Twente, investigating whether cueing via Smartglasses can reduce freezing of gait in patients with Parkinson’s Disease.

Angelos Karatsidis
Angelos received his Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, in 2014, at the Democritus University of Thrace, in Greece.

His PhD project is part of the ‘KNEEMO’ project, an EU Marie Curie ITN for knee osteoarthritis research, and is performed in close collaboration between UT, Xsens, and VUMC.

His research focuses on the estimation of body movements, forces and joint moments using wearable sensors.

Henk Kortier
Henk earned his MSc degree in Electrical Engineering in 2010 at the University of Twente. His PhD project is part of the ‘PowerSensor’ project where his topic is ambulatory assessment of upper extremity kinematics and kinetics. The project aim is developing optimal algorithms that will be applied in a ‘PowerGlove’.

Tom Lankhorst
Tom’s MSc degree is in Systems and Control at the University of Twente. His PhD project is part of the European SoftPro project. The project is about developing fundamentals and technologies for synergy based prosthetics and rehabilitation devices. Specifically Tom’s research is about multi-modal distributed sensing. His topics of interest are Signal Analysis, Estimation and Control, Software Development and System Modelling and Simulation.

Lex van Loon
In 2007, I started my study Technical Medicine at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. During my college years I have been working for the Experimental Center of Technical Medicine (ECTM) as a student assistant. I finished my master degree in Technical Medicine in 2013 with a master thesis performed at the ICU of Erasmus MC – Sophia Children’s Hospital. In December 2014 at started working at the ECTM at the University of Twente. My work consists of 50 percent of teaching and 50 percent of doing my PhD.


 Frauke Luft

Fokke van Meulen
Fokke earned his MSc degree in Technical Medicine at the University of Twente. His PhD project is part of the INTERACTION project. The aim of this project is to develop and validate an unobtrusive and modular system for monitoring daily life activities and for training of upper and lower extremity motor function in stroke subjects.

 Esther Moekotte

Mohammad Hossein Nassabi
Hossein holds a MSc degree in Computer Science from the Technical university of Eindhoven.  He also holds a PDEng degree in Healthcare Systems Design from the same university. His main research interest lies in applying data analysis and data mining techniques to the data collected in telemedicine solutions. His PhD topic is part of the PERSSILAA project where he will be investigating patient adherence to the provided health services.

Elizabeth C. Nelson (External, PhD candidate)
Elizabeth C. Nelson  is a researcher and PhD candidate with a background in Human-Computer Interaction. Her doctoral research focuses on proactive healthcare within office environments; understanding further how our work environments affect our abilities health. Technology and technology embodiment are used as both a measurement devise and reinforcement tool.

Eline Oppersma
In 2005, I started to study Technical Medicine in 2005. After internships, I started my graduation research project at the department of pulmonology at the Medisch Spectrum Twente in Enschede. After graduation I started working at the ECTM, where I combine research and education focused at respiratory physiology. My research is located at the Department of Intensive Care at the Radboud University Medical Centre of Nijmegen, where I work as a PhD student focused at noninvasive ventilation.

Wendy Oude Nijeweme – d’Hollosy
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.


Josien Timmerman
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.


Thijs Tönis
Thijs is a biomedical engineer with an electrical engineering background. Currently he is working at Roessingh Research and Development. His main research topics include biomedical signal processing (mainly ECG and accelerometer signals) and the development, implementation and validation of tele-monitoring and tele-treatment services.

Frederiek de Vette
Frederiek is an industrial design engineer. Her PhD project is part of a.o. the European project PERSSILAA, a service model for the screening and prevention of frailty. Her research is about gamification and motivation strategies.

Frank Wouda
In 2012, I finished my bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Twente. And I continued my studies in Mechanical Engineering at this university (with a specialization in Biomechanical Engineering). The master thesis I did was about building a balance controller that would only support healthy walking people whenever there was a need to. This assignment was finished in the beginning of 2015 after which I started to work in the BSS group as a PhD student on the MiniSens project





Lian Beenhakker
Bachelor student - Biomedical Technology (BMT)

My name is Lian Beenhakker. I’m in the third year of the bachelor Biomedical Technology. Upcoming 10 weeks, I will be busy with my bachelor assignment at BSS on a part of the NeuroCIMT project. The focus of my assignment lies on the validation of the metric for the arm usage coach.


Boudewijn van den Berg
Master student - Biomedical Engineering (BME) and Electrical Engineering (EE)

My name is Boudewijn van den Berg. I have started my master’s assignment at BSS to finish my master degrees in electrical engineering and biomedical engineering. Here at BSS, I will do my master's thesis on the Nocicept project, which aims to identify nociceptive systems in the brain by measuring the EEG response to specific types of stimuli.

Marian Bittner
Master student – Biomedical Engineering (BME)

I am a Biomedical engineering student. My Thesis will be about the development of a system for the visually impaired and blind to detect people and experience shown emotions, through tactile feedback under Dr. ir. Yan Zhao as my supervisor.


Gonçalo Costa
Master student - Biomedical Engineering (BME)

I did my bachelor and the first year of my master in Biomedical Engineering in Portugal and I've came to do the second one here in UT.

I am going to join BSS and do my master thesis on the Neuro-Assist project. In my assignment I intend to model dorsal horn neural networks for simulation of direct modulation of pain processing mechanisms by weak electrical fields.


Emmy Hobert
Master student - Health Sciences

My name is Emmy Hobert, I am 21 years old and currently I am finishing my Master Health Sciences. Therefore, I am working on my Master assignment on ‘Telerevalidatie’, which is an online revalidation platform from ‘Roessingh Center for Rehabilitation Care’. The main goal of my Master assignment is to increase the use of this portal amongst patients and their clinicians by adding a game layer. I will be working on my Master thesis for about 20 weeks, in which I am working at the Roessingh Research & Development office on Mondays and Tuesdays, on Thursdays and Fridays I will be working at the University.

Niels Jansen
Master student - Biomedical Engineering (BME)

I am currently working on my master thesis in which I am going to conduct a clinical study at the Roessingh Rehabilitation Centre. In this study, it is tested whether or not a newly developed electrode for pain sensitivity testing has a higher measurement reliability and validity. I have done my bachelor, psychobiology, at the University of Amsterdam. 

I am currently working on the business development of UT spinoff NociTRACK and in the recently started Dutch Student Investment Fund (venture capital fund run by students). As a side job, I am involved with multiple projects at Pre-University at the UT, where my main project is to develop and give masterclasses/workshops to 6VWO students. 

Paulina Kieliba
Master student – Biomedical Engineering (BME)

I do my MSc assignment in the framework of the SoftPro project under supervision of Bert-Jan van Beijnum. My work will mainly involve evaluation of different Hand Pose Reconstruction algorithms and systems.

Shanna de Lang
Bachelor student – Biomedical Engineering (BME)

I study Creative Technology. I just started with my bachelor graduation assignment (supervisor Jan Buitenweg).

I will create an app to support doctors with the treatment of patients who are suffering from chronical pain.

Gert-Jan Lijbers
Master student – Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Olaf van der Meer
Bachelor student - Electrical Engineering

In the coming 10 weeks, I will be doing my bachelor assignment at BSS. The subject of my assignment will be the time-frequency analysis of electrical brain responses to nociceptive stimulation.

Linda Ong
Master student – Biomedical Engineering (BME)

I do my master thesis under one of NeuroCIMT project related with the invention or the development of effective feedback for optimizing motor performance of stroke patient, preferably in their daily life.


Daniel Isaías López Páez
Master student - Biomedical Engineering (BME)

My name is Daniel Isaías López Páez, I was born in Monterrey, Mexico. I am working on my Master Assignment inside the BSS group, specifically in the assessment of arm movements by building an algorithm where two IMU sensors can detect its position. This can help to evaluate stroke patients’ movements in activities of daily living.

Monique te Rietstap
Master student - Biomedical Engineering (BME)

My name is Monique te Rietstap. I got my BSc in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Groningen, after this I started my master in BME at UT. My focus will be on telemedicine, where I will be working with the AWARE framework application to see which behavioural correlations in students (e.g. stress vs. physical activity) exist and if they are different for different student phenotypes.

Kevin Selman
Master student - Electrical Engineering (EE)

I am finishing my master’s programme with a specialisation in ‘Neurotechnology and Biomechatronics’. I will be working on my master thesis for the upcoming 28 weeks. This will be done within the faculty group of BSS. My research is aimed at development and validation of a position aiding system, like the Microsoft HoloLens, for improvement of the Xsens MVN. The assignment is in collaboration with Xsens.


Leanne Sijgers
Master student - Biomedical Engineering (BME)

After doing my bachelors in Technical Medicine, I started with my masters in Biomedical Engineering with a specialization in Neural & Motor Systems. I am working on my master thesis at BSS, supervised by Dr. Ir. Jan Buitenweg. The aim of this thesis is to make a dynamical model of the subtreshold superexcitability that might play a role in electrical stimulation of nerves for chronic pain patients. The assignment is in collaboration with the VUmc, where I will conduct experiments to validate the model.


Kwan Suppaiboonsuk
Bachelor student - ATLAS 

Over the course of this semester, I will be doing my bachelor assignment with BSS on the development of a biofeedback extension with real-time data and investigating alterations of gait patterns with it.

Weixi Yuan
Master student – Biomedical Engineering (BME)

I am from China. I am doing my thesis assignment at BSS, which is about patients with low back pain via eHealth solution in the primary care system. I will supervised by Wendy Oude Nijeweme – d’Hollosy and Hermie Hermens.

 Hang Wang (Mike)
Intern student - Electrical Engineering (EE) 

Here at BSS, I will do the project on the detection of the patients’ behavior with Irfan. My main work will focus on the quality improvement of the algorithms and try to create new method on the problems.

Retired members

Jan Holsheimer (Assistant professor - Retired)
Jan Holsheimer got the MS degree in biology (neurophysiology, biophysics) in Groningen and the Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering in Twente (Department of Electrical Engineering). Since 1986 his research was focused on computer-based modeling of therapeutic electrical stimulation for the relief of chronic pain. He is retired since 2007, but still involved in some projects.

Enrico Marani (Full professor - Retired)

After receiving the PhD degree he became Head of the Neuroregulation Group, Department of Physiology, Leiden University. Since 1997 he is part-time Professor in Neurophysiology at the BMTI /  Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Twente. His research interests are neuroregulation and neurotechnology, especially in the field of nerve regeneration.

Wim Rutten (Full professor - Retired)

Wim Rutten, professor of Neural Engineering, has a background in (bio)physics and biomedical engineering. He leads the theme Neural and Cellular Engineering, with present emphasis on 1) (intelligent) neural interfacing via cell-cultured multi-micro-electrode probes and 2) the understanding of the brain (circuit dynamics, learning, plasticity) through in vitro neural network research 3) EEG-based Brain-Computer Interfaces for neurofeedback in rehabilitation. 

Ing Widya (Assistant professor -Retired)
Ing Widya has retired. However in part-time, he is still involved in some research activities which relate to the European project MobiGuide. His current focus is on requirements elicitation in telemedicine that aligns with the evidence-based way of doing medicine, and partly on Quality of Data (QoD) of monitored clinical variables and their clinical abstractions, including the impact of QoD on clinical interventions. In his research, collaboration with medical professionals plays an important role.

Former members


Lex van Velsen



Harm op den Akker



Bart Klaassen


Former PhD Student

Nekane Larburu Rubio


Former PhD student

Robert-Jan Doll


Former PhD student

Dirk Weenk


Former PhD student

Bettina Schwab


Former PhD student

Hendrik Buimer



Wies Elfers


Former Secretarial support for the BSS group