Oct 03

Project meeting 4 – Jyvaskyla!

The project’s most recent meeting at the end of September 2013 saw the team gather in the beautiful lake district of Jyvaskyla, Finland. Hosted by Professor Ina Tarkka at the University of Jyvaskyla, the teams agenda was extremely busy over the 2 day meeting. Having recently received the results from the online questionnaire, the team were eager to sift through all the data and the input from our 5 key stakeholder groups. Overall, the questionnaire collected just under 500 responses, and the results were very encouraging for the ongoing development of the MSc. More information concerning the results of the online questionnaire will be released very soon.

Building upon the most recent meeting in Maastricht and the results from the online questionnaire, the team focussed on the development of the curriculum for the MSc. Programme competences were matched against the programmes modules and discussions were held between partners on the suitable learning/teaching approaches that would be taken for the programme. Partners split into various working groups as Professor Panos Markopoulos from Eindhoven University of Technology led the curriculum and delivery alignment workshop (see pictures below).

 Overall, the meeting was very productive and the work produced has opened some exciting prospects for the coming year of the project.


Project Meeting 3 – Maastricht.

During May of this year, the project team visited Maastricht University for the third project meeting. The meeting was held in the University’s faculty of Health, Medicine and Life sciences based on the large Randwyck Campus, south-east of Maastricht town centre.

With the approaching launch of the projects online questionnaire, the key agenda of the meeting was to adapt the previously developed programme competences into a format that was appropriate for the questionnaire. Throughout the two day meeting, the project partners worked through each of the 32 programme competences ensuring that all competences had been covered and were applicable to both the engineering and healthcare pathways of the programme. Further progress was also made on a model for the curriculum, the modules that the programme was likely to include, as well as a list of all the available modules the project team had available to them. The team also had time for a discussion on the Didactical principle of the programme led by the meetings host, Associate Professor Hans Savelberg. Below is a picture taken during the meeting in Maastricht.

Maastricht Team meeting

Next stop, Jyvaskyla, Finland!


Apr 04

Project Meeting 2: Bucharest!

The beginning of last week saw the ART project team come together again in Bucharest, Romania for the second project partner meeting since the projects launch in October 2012. The meeting was held at one of Bucharest’s top medical rehabilitation centres; University Hospital ELIAS. The main agenda was to focus on developing and finalising the Advanced Rehabilitation Technologies programme competences and the competences we might expect to see from graduates of the programme. A lot of progress was made, and the team worked extremely hard to put together some well thought through competences for the programme. The next step will be to disseminate the competences through to our stakeholder groups, and gather their opinions on what we have developed via a survey. Through our stakeholder guidance, we hope to develop a programme that is fit for purpose and produce graduates who are well equipped with the skills and knowledge to advance and innovate this growing field, including clinical, research, technical and commercial development.

Below is a picture of the team at the University Hospital ELIAS…


All in all, the team had a very productive meeting and were given the opportunity to visit a fantastic city in Europe. I am sure the team are eager to do more of the same at our next project meeting in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Jan 08

Introducing Ass. Professor Alessandra Pedrocchi!

Ass. Professor Alessandra Pedrocchi.


MSc Electrical Engineering, Ph.D. Bioengineering


Alessandra Pedrocchi obtained a PhD in Bioengineering in 2001 from the Politecnico di Milano. Since June 2008, she has been an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the Politecnico di Milano where she teaches the MSc in Neuroengineering. Her research activities are carried on at the NearLab in the field of bio-mechanics in motor control, neuroengineering and neurorehabilitation (http://www.nearlab.polimi.it/). She is Project Manager of the MUNDUS project (FP7 ICT-2009.7.2) and the Politecnico investigator for the REALNET project (FP7 Obj ICT-2009.6) and for the Advanced Rehabilitation Technologies MSc project (LLP-1-2012-ERASMUS-EMCR).

Dec 12

Introducing Professor Panos Markopoulos!

Professor Panos Markopoulos.


BSc Electrical engineering and Computer Science, MSc, PhD Human-computer Interaction

Professor Panos Markopoulos studied electrical engineering and computer science in the National Technical University of Athens and human-computer interaction in Queen Mary University of London, where he did his Masters and doctorate. He has held research positions in Queen Mary, and Philips Research in Eindhoven and is currently a Professor in the Department of Industrial Design of the TU/e where he is also director of the graduate school. His interests extend in several areas of the fields of human-computer interaction and interaction design including ambient intelligence, interaction design for children, motivational technologies for behaviour change. Panos Markopoulos is a co-author of over 160 peer reviewed publications; first author of a book on evaluating children’s interactive products, published by Morgan Kaufmann in 2008, and co-editor of several volumes. He is a member of the editorial boards of 4 international journals and chief editor of the newly founded journal on Child Computer Interaction by Elsevier.

More information on Professor Markopoulos can be found here!


Dec 10

Introducing Professor Philip Rowe!

Prof Philip Rowe 

BSc Hons Mechanical Engineering (Birmingham), PhD Bioengineering (Strathclyde).

Professor Rowe obtained a BSc Hons in mechanical engineering from the University of Birmingham (1982) followed by a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Strathclyde (1990). For his PhD work he was awarded the European Society of Biomechanics, Clinical Biomechanics award in 1987. Following his PhD in he held various academic appointments at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK. where he pursued his own research and was also responsible for research development within the School of Health Sciences. He re-joined the Bioengineering Unit , Part of the Biomedical Engineering Department at Strathclyde in September 2005 and as part of the HealthQWest research consortium for which he was Head of the Function for Living research programme.

Professor Philip Rowe’s main research areas lie in movement analysis,functional analysis and biomechanics of the human body in motion and the development of technology to support rehabilitation. His research has helped elucidate the clinical outcomes of various musculoskeletal and neurological disorders such as Knee replacement surgery, Hip replacement surgery, Hip fractures, back pain, Hyper-mobility syndrome, Patello-femoral pain syndrome, stroke and aging. He is especially interested in the application of science and engineering methods in patient treatment and also their use to quantify and analyse the clinical effects of rehabilitation services. He is Professor of Rehabilitation Science and is the Inaugural Director of the Scottish Government Health Department funded “Scottish Centre of Excellence in Rehabilitation Research” at Strathclyde.

Dec 08

Introducing Dr Hans Savelberg!

Dr Hans Savelberg

BSc Human Movement Science, PhD in the kinematics of carpal bones and the role ligaments play in controlling the movements in this complex joint.


Dr Hans Savelberg is associate professor at the department of Human Movement Science at Maastricht University Medical Centre (NUTRIM). His research has been focussed around three topics:

1) Structural, neuromuscular and functional adaptation of muscle to conditioning programs and the effects of manipulated muscle function on human motor performance in activities of daily living.

2) Ambulant analysis of human performance with a focus on upper limb functionality

3) The effect of too much sitting on health.

Dr Savelberg’s research has been supported by grants from ZonMw, the Dutch Diabetes Association (DFN) and Interreg. He is as supervisor involved in six Ph.D.-projects and is the director of studies for bachelor programme Human Movement Science and coordinated the master programme Biology of Human Performance and Health between 2001 and 2011.





Dec 06

Introducing Professor Ina M. Tarkka!

Professor Ina M. Tarkka


Professor of Gerontology. PhD.

Professor Ina Tarkka is an international scientific lead in the neuroscience of human motor control and in development of neurological rehabilitation for people with cerebrovascular stroke working out of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Professor Tarkka is an expert in human neurophysiology and neurorehabilitation research. She is also an adjunct professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Eastern Finland. She is experienced in many aspects of stroke, dementias and movement disorders. Her special interests are in functional brain imaging using fMRI, transcranial magnetic stimulation and event-related potentials.


Dec 04

Introducing Dr Mary Gobbi

Dr. Mary Gobbi


Dr Mary Gobbi is one of the senior lecturing staff at the University of Southampton and is also an Erasmus Co-ordinator. Dr Gobbi is a well known European nurse education expert and researcher interested in improving patient outcomes and student/practitioner learning through competence based and student focussed health care education.

In particular, Mary has expertise in the Tuning methodology, Bologna Process and competence based education, acting as a consultant across Europe for institutions looking to develop new educational programmes in healthcare related fields.



Dec 01

The ART EU Kick-Off Meeting

Hosted in Southampton last week was the first kick-off meeting for the project, with all but one of the European partners visiting the University of Southampton to get the project off the ground. Below is a picture of the team and all those who attended.

The University of Southampton’s Dr Mary Gobbi provided professional training for the project partners in Masters Level programme design and the structures and regulations behind a collaborative European MSc. Overall the meeting was a great success, and future of the project is looking to be in great hands. The hard work of all meant that some draft competencies and learning outcomes were mapped out. Below are a couple of pictures taken over the 3 days…

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