Alfred Schouten appointed professor of System Identification for Human Motion Control

News - 01 September 2022 - Webredactie 3mE

Alfred Schouten has been appointed professor of System Identification for Human Motion Control in the Department of BioMechanical Engineering as of 5 July. Alfred Schouten’s research focuses on the development of methods and applications for identifying and understanding neuromuscular control. He does this in both healthy people and people with neurological disorders. Among other things, Schouten applies new system identification techniques to improve our understanding of how our brain controls movement.

Alfred Schouten: ‘Due to the ageing population, brain haemorrhages are occurring more frequently than before and, in addition, people are surviving them more often as well. Meanwhile, there is an urgent shortage of staff in rehabilitation care. Rehabilitation robotics can be a great solution. By researching how the motion system works, we can ensure that better therapies are developed so doctors can treat patients more effectively.’

Since 2021, Schouten has been programme director of the Delft interfaculty master’s programme in BioMedical Engineering. He also works for NeuroCIMT, a research programme in which hospitals, companies and universities collaborate in the field of neurocontrol. Close cooperation takes place in this programme in various projects in order to improve our understanding of chronic pain, low blood pressure and muscle control, among other things. Alfred Schouten was an assistant professor, and later an associate professor, at the Delft University of Technology and has been working part-time at the University of Twente since 2007. Alfred Schouten obtained his doctorate at TU Delft in 2004 by developing methods to measure the severity of Parkinson’s disease. He did this in a joint project with the neurology department of Leiden University Hospital (LUMC).