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Guillaume Durandau Receives the Best PhD Thesis Award 2021 from the European Society of Biomechanics

Guillaume Durandau part of the Neuromechanical Modelling and Engineering Lab, within the Department of Biomechanical Engineering received the Best PhD Thesis Award 2021 from the European Society of Biomechanics.

During his PhD, supervised by Prof.dr. Massimo Sartori and Prof.dr. Herman van der Kooij, Guillaume worked on real-time neuromechanical modeling of the human lower etremity to enable intuitive control of wearables robots to individuals with neuromuscular injuries.

The title of his thesis was “Towards the next Generation in Human-machine-interfacing: Controlling Wearable Robots via Neuromusculoskeletal Modelling” and was successfully defended on the 6th of November 2020.

His thesis can be found here: 

Guillaume will present the results of his PhD during a 20 minutes presentation on the 13th of July (14h45) at the virtual ESB 2021 conference (

This represents the third award that Guillaume won during his PhD after the best demo award Best Demo Award in 2018 at the 7th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronic and Best paper Published by IEEE-EMBS in 2017-18, 3rd place in 2019 at the 7th Dutch Bio-medical Engineering Conference.

Guillaume is a postdoc fellow in the Neuromechanical Modelling and Engineering Lab directed by Prof.dr Massimo Sartori, working on new concepts of exoskeleton model-based control within the ERC Project INTERACT (No. 803035), funded by the European Research Council under the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.