MIRA University of Twente
Department of Biomechanical Engineering

Department of Biomechanical Engineering

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dr. E.H.F. van Asseldonk (Edwin)


Assistant Professor

Fields of interest

Rehabilitation robotics


Motor control and adaptation


My name is Edwin van Asseldonk and I was born in Erp in 1978. I obtained my master degree in Human movement science at the Free University of Amsterdam in 2001. After working as a Matlab programmer/research assistant at the UMC Radboud in Nijmegen for a year, I performed my PhD research at the University of Twente on “restitution and compensation in the recovery of function in the lower extremities of stroke survivors”. As part of this project I was involved in the development of a new gait training device for stroke patients, called LOPES. In the coming years, I will engage in:


the evaluation of LOPES in training of neurological patients,


developing control algorithms to optimize activity of stroke survivors during robot aided training


development of protocols for assessment of motor function by making use of LOPES

Curriculum Vitae


Prof. dr. Jules Dewald (Northwestern University)

Dr. Mark Carpenter (University of British Columbia)

Ongoing projects

Robot aided gait training (LOPES)

Balance control



Bachelor technical medicine

Mens in Beweging

Master Biomedical technology / Mechanical Engineering

Human Movement Control


Selection of publications


Van Asseldonk EHF, Veneman JF, Ekkelenkamp R, Buurke JH, Van der Helm FCT, and Van der kooij H. The effects on kinematics and muscle activity of walking in a robotic gait trainer during zero-force control. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng 16: 360 - 370 2008


Van Asseldonk EHF, Carpenter MG, Van der Helm FCT, Van der Kooij H (2007) Use of Induced Acceleration to Quantify the (De)stabilization Effect of External and Internal Forces on Postural Responses. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng 54:2284 - 2295.


Van Asseldonk EH, Buurke JH, Bloem BR, Renzenbrink GJ, Nene AV, van der Helm FC, van der Kooij H (2006) Disentangling the contribution of the paretic and non-paretic ankle to balance control in stroke patients. Exp Neurol 201:441-451.


Van der Kooij H, Van Asseldonk E, Van der Helm FC (2005) Comparison of different methods to identify and quantify balance control. J Neurosci Methods 145:175-203.


Nijhuis-Van der Sanden MWG, Van Asseldonk EHF, Eling P, Van Galen GP (2003) Slow motor performance in girls with Turner Syndrome is not related to increased neuromotor noise. Motor Control 7:111-133

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