Motor Learning and Neurorehabilitation Lab

The Motor Learning and Neurorehabilitation laboratory (MLN Lab) is an interdisciplinary research lab at the Human-Robot Interaction Group of the Cognitive Robotics Department of the Delft University of Technology and the ARTORG Center of the University of Bern. Our goal is to gain a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms associated with the acquisition of novel motor skills in order to develop innovative technology to improve the rehabilitation of neurological patients.

Our research

Our research focuses on human-machine interfaces and biological learning, and, specifically, on the use of robotic assistance to aid people in learning motor tasks and rehabilitate after neurologic injuries. Within our group, we develop innovative intelligent controllers that modulate movement errors based on patients’ special needs, age and training task’s characteristics using a wide selection of robotic devices. We complement the research on robotics with the use of immersive virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to enhance patients’ motivation and reduce their cognitive load during training. In order to get a better insight into brain-related intrinsic factors during therapy, electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) are used to identify neurocognitive markers underlying motor learning.

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