Most people in robotics work on building a robot. Roboticist Katie Poggensee focuses on the human in the human-robot system. To continue her research in the Netherlands on making robots for rehabilitation more effective, she received a Marie Curie Grant. ‘It takes time to learn to skate or walk in heels. So how do we train people to walk with a robot?’
A robotic backpack for a balance disorder or an exoskeleton for a spinal cord injury: robots are increasingly being used in rehabilitation. Over the next two years, the Marie Curie European Postdoctoral Fellowship will allow Katie Poggensee to work on bringing the patient and the robot together.