Gassert, Roger, Prof. Dr.

Roger Gassert

ETH Zürich
Prof. Dr. Roger Gassert
Rehabilitation Engineering
LEO B 9.1
Leonhardstrasse 27
8092 Zuerich

Phone: +41 44 632 32 66

Short Biography

Roger Gassert has been assistant professor of rehabilitation engineering at ETH Zurich since December 2008. Born in 1976 in Solothurn, Switzerland, he received the M.Sc. degree in microengineering and the Ph.D. degree in neuroscience robotics from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland in 2002 and 2006, respectively. During his Ph.D., partially carried out at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan, he developed an MRI-compatible robot technology that lead to the first haptic interfaces allowing safe and gentle interaction with human motion during functional MRI. These systems are now being used to investigate sensorimotor control and learning with partners in Japan, the UK and Switzerland.

He subsequently participated in the development and clinical evaluation of pioneering robotic rehabilitation systems to train hand function after stroke as postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College London and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. From December 2007 to November 2008 he headed the joint robotics lab between EPFL and the University of Tokyo at the Robotic Systems Lab at EPFL.

Roger Gassert is member of the foundation board of the Swiss Foundation for Rehabilitation Technology and the Swiss foundation Access for all, as well as Swiss national contact point of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe.

Research Interests

Selected Publications

Please refer to the lab publications page or to Google Scholar for a full list of publications.

Sulzer, J., Sitaram, R., Blefari, M.L., Kollias, S., Birbaumer, N., Stephan, K.E., Luft, A. and Gassert R. Neurofeedback-mediated Self-regulation of the Dopaminergic Midbrain. NeuroImage, in press.

Gassert, R., Metzger, J.-C., Leuenberger, K., Popp, W.L., Tucker, M.R., Vigaru, B., Zimmermann, R. and Lambercy, O. (2013). Physical Student-Robot Interaction with the ETHZ Haptic Paddle. IEEE Transactions on Education, 56(1): 9–17.

Vigaru, B., Lambercy, O., Schubring-Giese, M., Hosp, J.A., Schneider, M., Osei-Atiemo, C., Luft, A. and Gassert, R. (2013). A robotic platform to assess, guide and perturb rat forelimb movements. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, Epub ahead of print.

Zimmermann, R., Marchal-Crespo, L., Edelmann, J., Lambercy, O., Fluet, M.-C., Riener, R., Wolf, M. and Gassert, R. (2013). Detection of motor execution using a hybrid fNIRS-biosignal BCI: a pilot study. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 10(4).

Metzger, J.-C., Lambercy, O., and Gassert, R. (2012). High-Fidelity Rendering of Virtual Objects with the ReHapticKnob - Novel Avenues in Robot-Assisted Rehabilitation of Hand Function. Proc. Haptics Symposium 2012, pp. 51-56.

Lambercy, O., Dovat, L., Yun H., Wee S.K., Kuah C., Chua K.S.G., Gassert R., Milner T., Teo C.L. and Burdet, E. (2011). Effects of a robot-assisted training of grasp and pronation/supination in chronic stroke: a pilot study. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 8:63.

Ionta, S., Heydrich, L., Lenggenhager, B., Mouthon, M., Fornari, E., Chapuis, D., Gassert, R., and Blanke, O. (2011). Multisensory mechanisms in temporo-parietal cortex support self-consciousness. Neuron, 70 (2): 363–374.

Fluet, M.-C., Lambercy, O., and Gassert, R. (2011). Upper limb assessment using a virtual peg insertion test. Proc. IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR). ICORR.2011.5975348, pages 1-6. Best interactive poster award.

Blanke, O., and Gassert, R. (2009). Total Control in Virtual Reality and Robotics. Frontiers in Neuroscience 3(1).

Gassert, R., Burdet, E., and Chinzei, K. (2008). Opportunities and challenges in MR-compatible robotics. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, 27(3):15–22.

Gassert, R., Dovat, L., Lambercy, O., Ruffieux, Y., Chapuis, D., Ganesh, G., Burdet, E., and Bleuler, H. (2006). A 2-DOF fMRI compatible haptic interface to investigate the neural control of arm movements. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 3825–3831.

Gassert, R., Yamamoto, A., Chapuis, D., Dovat, L., Bleuler, H., and Burdet, E. (2006). Actuation methods for applications in MR environments. Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Part B: Magnetic Resonance Engineering, 29B(4):191—209.

Gassert, R., Moser, R., Burdet, E., and Bleuler, H. (2006). MRI/fMRI-compatible robotic system with force feedback for interaction with human motion. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 11(2):216–224.


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