Dr.ir. Alfred C. Schouten

Research

My research focuses on methods and devices to assess and understand neuromuscular control in both healthy subjects and patients with neurological dysfunction. Key is the use of force-controlled robotic manipulators, neuromuscular modelling, and closed-loop system identification techniques to untangle the human motor control system. 

Since my PhD I have developed system identification techniques that enable to quantify the contributions of different feedback pathways. My research resulted in a unique method that can distinguish and quantify the position, velocity and force feedback gains simultaneously. The key concept is the use of force-controlled robotic manipulators which allow for natural movement. Together with medical specialist from academic medical centers (LUMC, AMC, ErasmusMC) we apply the methodology to get insight in neurological dysfunction and working to use these manipulators as diagnostic tools.

Recent years I started to apply the methodology of perturbations and closed-loop system identification to understand the cortical contribution to human motor control. Very recently we demonstrated that the cortico-muscular coherence, a measure for the functional connectivity between the brain and muscles, increases with external perturbations.  

Curriculum Vitae

Born: October 22, 1972 in Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

  • Associate professor (0.8 fte) at the Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Biomechanical Engineering, since 2012.
  • Associate professor (0.2 fte) at the University of Twente, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Department of Biomechanical Engineering, since 2012. 
  • Assistant professor (0.8 fte) at the Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Biomechanical Engineering (2007-2012).
  • Assistant professor (0.2 fte) at the University of Twente, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Department of Biomechanical Engineering (2007-2012). 
  • Postdoc at the Delft University of Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanical Engineering (2004-2007).
  • PhD. student at the Delft University of Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Man-Machine Systems (1999-2004).
  • MSc. student at the Delft University of Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Man-Machine Systems (1995-1999).
  • BSc. student at the HTS Dordrecht, Mechanical Engineering (1991-1995).
  • HAVO (high school) at Krimpenerwaard college Krimpen a/d IJssel (1985-1991).

Full CV, available as seperate PDF ()

Media exposure

see : Neuro Muscular Control

Publications

PhD Thesis

  • Schouten AC (2004) Proprioceptive reflexes and neurological disorders. PhD thesis, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands, ISBN 90-77595-41-4 ( pdf 2290kb) .

Articles

Selected articles

Alfred Schouten