My research interest is in human-machine interaction. I enjoy investigating how humans interact with their environment and with each other. With my group, we develop new technical tools for this purpose, and take all opportunities to use our acquired knowledge and devices in clinical applications. My talk will highlight some of our projects, such as how understanding the process of learning of physical interactions in humans can improve neurorehabilitation technologies, or how we use robotic systems to investigate brain development in prematurely born babies at risk of cerebral palsy.
Dr. Etienne Burdet is Professor of Human Robotics in the Department of Bioengineering at The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. He is also a visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and at University College London. He holds an M.Sc in Mathematics (1990), an M.Sc in Physics (1991), and a Ph.D in Robotics (1996), all from ETH-Zürich. He was a postdoctoral fellow with TE Milner from McGill University, Canada, JE Colgate from Northwestern University, USA and Mitsuo Kawato of ATR in Japan. Professor Burdet’s group uses an integrative approach of neuroscience and robotics to: i) investigate human motor control, and ii) design efficient systems for training and rehabilitation, which are tested in clinical trials and commercialised.