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Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation provides a forum for researchers and clinicians interested in understanding the way neuroscience and biomedical engineering are continuing to reshape physical medicine and rehabilitation and human movement augmentation. JNER hosts the introduction of new methods and the discussion of their clinical implications, and offers an opportunity to publish, in a timely manner, articles relevant to the intersection of these three fields.

User-centred development of assistive technology - challenges and opportunities in the context of CYBATHLON 2020

Edited by: Olivier Lambercy, Domen Novak, and Robert Riener

An article collection in Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.

The CYBATHLON offers a unique platform to advance research and development in the field of assistive technology, to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities, and to stimulate the dialogue with the public. To drive technical innovation, the CYBATHLON organizes competitions in six disciplines for teams consisting of a pilot, i.e. a person with a disability, and technology developers. In this context, engineers, scientists and clinicians are expected to work continuously in close dialogue with people with disabilities when developing and testing their devices.

Following a successful first edition in 2016, the 2nd edition of the CYBATHLON was held in 2020, in a decentralized setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with 50 teams participating from their home institution (20 different countries from 32 different locations). During the four years separating the two editions of the CYBATHLON, the worldwide uplift of the emerging field of assistive technologies has led to an impressive number of specifically refined and newly developed technologies and devices, both on a hardware and a software level.

This Article Collection on CYBATHLON 2020 aims to foster scientific exchange and to make the insights gained by the participating teams available to the wider community of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology professionals. Our objective is to promote the unique and intense collaboration between the technology developers and the end-users within the teams in the preparation and participation to the event.

Within this general topic, contributions must be application oriented and may cover hardware and software related technical aspects, user evaluation of a technology, or discuss practical approaches when preparing and training for the competition. Lessons learned from participation to the CYBATHLON and how these insights reflect in the further technical development or technology transfer of assistive technology could also be considered.

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Deadline for submission: 30 September 2021

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Celebrating 15 years of JNER !

JNER 15th Anniversary!Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation is celebrating 15 years of publishing high quality scientific research at the intersection of neuroscience, biomedical engineering, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. 

Please join our anniversary celebrations by browsing through the journal’s milestone achievements, article and blog highlights, and voices from the community.


  1. Authors: Juan-Manuel Belda-Lois, Silvia Mena-del Horno, Ignacio Bermejo-Bosch, Juan C Moreno, José L Pons, Dario Farina, Marco Iosa, Marco Molinari, Federica Tamburella, Ander Ramos, Andrea Caria, Teodoro Solis-Escalante, Clemens Brunner and Massimiliano Rea

    Content type: Review

Advances in closed-loop deep brain stimulation devices
Mahboubeh Parastarfeizabadi and Abbas Z. Kouzani
Review | 11 August 2017

Restoration of motor control and proprioceptive and cutaneous sensation in humans with prior upper-limb amputation
Suzanne Wendelken, David M. Page, Tyler Davis, Heather A. C. Wark, David T. Kluger, Christopher Duncan, David J. Warren, Douglas T. Hutchinson and Gregory A. Clark
Research | 25 November 2017

A motion-classification strategy based on sEMG-EEG signal combination for upper-limb amputees
Xiangxin Li, Oluwarotimi Williams Samuel, Xu Zhang, Hui Wang, Peng Fang and Guanglin Li
Research | 7 January 2017

Interactive wearable systems for upper body rehabilitation: a systematic review
Qi Wang, Panos Markopoulos, Bin Yu, Wei Chen and Annick Timmermans
Review | 11 March 2017

The role of virtual reality in improving motor performance as revealed by EEG: a randomized clinical trial
Rocco Salvatore Calabrò, Antonino Naro, Margherita Russo, Antonino Leo, Rosaria De Luca, Tina Balletta, Antonio Buda, Gianluca La Rosa, Alessia Bramanti and Placido Bramanti
Research | 7 June 2017

Improved prosthetic hand control with concurrent use of myoelectric and inertial measurements
Agamemnon Krasoulis, Iris Kyranou, Mustapha Suphi Erden, Kianoush Nazarpour and Sethu Vijayakumar
Research | 11 July 2017

Soft robotic devices for hand rehabilitation and assistance: a narrative review
Chia-Ye Chu and Rita M. Patterson
Review | 17 February 2018

NLR, MLP, SVM, and LDA: a comparative analysis on EMG data from people with trans-radial amputation
Alberto Dellacasa Bellingegni, Emanuele Gruppioni, Giorgio Colazzo, Angelo Davalli, Rinaldo Sacchetti, Eugenio Guglielmelli and Loredana Zollo
Research | 14 August 2017

Walking in fully immersive virtual environments: an evaluation of potential adverse effects in older adults and individuals with Parkinson’s disease
Aram Kim, Nora Darakjian and James M. Finley
Research | 21 February 2017

Markerless motion capture systems as training device in neurological rehabilitation: a systematic review of their use, application, target population and efficacy
Els Knippenberg, Jonas Verbrugghe, Ilse Lamers, Steven Palmaers, Annick Timmermans and Annemie Spooren
Review | 24 June 2017

Publication years: 2017 - 2018
Cited in 2019
Source: Web of Science, data collected: March 2020

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David Reinkensmeyer, Editor-in-Chief

David Reinkensmeyer is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of California, Irvine. Prior to this, he received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a postdoctoral fellow then research assistant professor in the Sensory Motor Performance Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Medical School, before joining U.C Irvine in 1998. Prof. Reinkensmeyer's research interests include neuromuscular control, motor learning, robotics, and rehabilitation.
In 2019, David Reinkensmeyer was elected as fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) to recognize his innovative contributions to rehabilitation robotics and neural engineering, and for design of practical devices to enhance patient recovery.

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