The programme 'wearable robotics' is led by UT Professor Herman van der Kooij. This is a national multi-centric project involving Dutch universities and European companies. Our group is responsible for one of the 8 sub-projects constituting the global initiative.
The project aims at the development of so-called Exo-Aids: soft, comfortable robot technology supporting smooth and versatile movements. Patients with a damaged spinal cord or loss of muscle power, can come out of their wheelchair and stand up without needing crutches. Another application of wearable robots is preventing job-related injuries, like the lower back pain people are suffering from when doing heavy work. More information at this link.