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 (Secretar)

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


Harm op den Akker
Harm is a Computer Scientists with a Master Degree in Human Media Interaction. Currently he is working at Roessingh Research and Development. His research interests lie in Machine Learning, Data Mining and Human-Machine Interaction. He is currently working on data processing and feedback generation in tele-monitoring and tele-treatment systems.

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.

Lex van Velsen
Lex van Velsen is a Senior Researcher at Roessingh Research and Development (Telemedicine cluster) and a researcher at the Biomedical Signals and Systems groups at the University of Twente. His research interests include eHealth design, requirements engineering, trust in eServices, and information seeking behavior, and he holds a research line in requirements engineering for Telemedicine services. He has participated in numerous design projects, (as diverse as eGovernment services, eHealth services, and Internet search engines). Recently, he co-edited a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication on designing better user experiences for self-service systems.

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.

 Marije Wolvers (External, PhD candidate)

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




Soujata Borbaruah
Master student – Biomedical Engineering (BME)

The topic of my thesis is to develop a statistical method for an improved analysis of Evoked Potential recordings during Multiple Threshold Tacking of Nociceptive electrocutaneous stimuli. Professor Jan Buitenweg is my supervisor.

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.

Anja van Gestel
Master student – Biomedical Engineering (BME)

I'm now in the 2nd year of the master track Neurotechnology and Biomechatronics, which is a continuation of the bachelor Electrical Engineering. I will be doing my master thesis  in the BSS group with Dr. Ir. Yan Zhao as my supervisor. The topic of my thesis lies within the project to improve gait in PD patients with Smart Glasses and will include the detection of freezing of gait in PD from lower-body segmental accelerometry.

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.

Roelof Krist
Master student – Biomedical Engineering (BME)

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)

Sjoerd Nijhof
Bachelor student – Biomedical Engineering (BME)

The assignment is to implement frequency tagging in the current evoked potentials measurement setup.

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.

Keshava Ragavendra Nagarethinam
Master student – Biomedical Engineering (BME)

My master's assignment focuses on quantification of bradykinesia and rigidity using the Power Glove and relate it to the UPDRS. Ciska Heida and Kees van Dijk are my supervisors.

Claudia Reuvers
Master student – Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Sofia Silveira

Master student – Biomedical Engineering (BME)

I am a portuguese student in the 4th year of the Integrated Master on Bioengineering, field of Biomedical Engineering, at the Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto. I came to University of Twente as a trainee by the ERASMUS+ program to develop a project in the group, being supervised by the professor Bert-Jan van Beijnum.

  Lucia Tacchetti
  Master student – Biomedical Engineering (BME)

I am a Biomedical student from TUDelft at my second year of MSc. I have just started an internship at the BSS group: I work for 3 months on Spinal Cord Stimulation computer modelling under the supervision of Dr. J. Buitenweg.

Maaike Togtema
Bachelor student – Biomedical Engineering (BME)

I am a Biomedical Technology student. In my bachelor assignment at the BSS group I will do a follow-up study on the research that a co student named Robert Schulte last quartile did. I will investigate and optimize certain parameters to make a model that can predict falling for CVA (stroke) patients.

Niels van Tol
Master student – Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Tineke de Vries
Master student – Biomedical Engineering (BME)

I am a Biomedical Engineering student. My assignment is part of the eNHANCE project and my goal is to detect grasp intention using accelerometers.

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.

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


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