Prof. Dr. Eva Swinnen

Eva Swinnen (°1982) works as an associate professor neurological rehabilitation and rehabilitation technology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Research Group Rehabilitation Research (RERE). She obtained her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2014 (title: Neurological gait rehabilitation: the influence of gait speed, body weight support and robot-assistance).

The focus of her research is on gait rehabilitation with the use of robotics and rehabilitation technology in central neurological patients. She is author of > 40 peer- reviewed publications (20 first author, 8 last author, 70% Q1 and Q2 journals) and promoter of 1 finished and 3 ongoing PhDs in the field of rehabilitation with the use of robotics and technology in central neurological patients.

She teaches neurorehabilitation and rehabilitation technology in the rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy education program at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (bachelor and master) and in the 2th master interuniversity specialization program neurological rehabilitation. She is guest lecturer at the Berner Fachhochschule Gesundheit (Bern, Switzerland) and at the SOMT University of Physiotherapy (Amersfoort, The Netherlands).

E. Swinnen is board member of the Belgium Society for Neurorehabilitation ( and the Society of Movement Analysis Laboratories in the Low Lands (, steering group member of the Brussels Human Robotics Research Center (, and scientific coordinator of the Center for Neurosciences of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (