Zimmermann, Raphael, Dr.

Raphael Zimmermann

ETH Zürich / University Hospital Zürich
Dr. Raphael Zimmermann
Biomedical Optics Research Lab, NEO
NORD1 E 166
Frauenklinikstrasse 10
8091 Zurich

Phone: +41 44 255 93 27

Short biography

Raphael Zimmermann was born 1983 in Niederbipp, Switzerland. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) where he received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in 2007 and 2009, respectively. During his studies, he mainly focused on robotic systems and their autonomy.

From 2010 to 2013, Raphael pursued his PhD studies at the Rehabilitation Engineering Lab in close collaboration with the Biomedical Optics Research Lab (BORL) at the University Hospital Zurich. His thesis investigated a Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) coupled to an assistive robotic device to promote recovery after neurological injury.

His research interests include biomedical optics, data mining and machine learning, image processing, and sensor design.


Peer-reviewed Journal Papers

Scholkmann, F., Kleiser, S., Metz, A., Zimmermann, R., Mata Pavia, J., Wolf, U., and Wolf, M. (2013). A review on continuous wave functional near-infrared spectroscopy and imaging instrumentation and methodology. NeuroImage Vol. 85, pp. 6–27

Zimmermann, R., Braun, F., Achtnich, T., Lambercy, O., Gassert, R. and Wolf, M. (2013). Silicon photomultipliers for improved detection of low light levels in miniature near-infrared spectroscopy instruments. Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 4, pp. 659–666

Marchal-Crespo, L., Zimmermann, R., Lambercy, O., Edelmann, J., Fluet, M.-C., Wolf, M., Gassert, R. and Riener, R. (2013). Motor Execution Detection Based on Autonomic Nervous System Responses. Physiological Measurements, Vol. 34, pp.35–51

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 Feasibility Study. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 10:4

Gassert, R., Metzger, J.-C., Leuenberger, K., Popp, W. L., Tucker, M. R., Vigaru, B., Zimmermann, R. and Lambercy, O. (2012). Physical Student–Robot Interaction with the ETHZ Haptic Paddle. IEEE Transactions on Education, Vol. 56, pp. 9–17

Peer-reviewed Book Chapter

Zimmermann, R., Marchal-Crespo, L., Lambercy, O., Fluet, M.-C., Metzger, J.-C., Edelmann, J., Brand, J., Eng, K., Riener, R., Wolf, M., and Gassert R. (2013). What’s Your Next Move? Detecting Movement Intention for Stroke Rehabilitation. In Guger, Allison, and Edlinger (Eds.), Brain-Computer Interface Research: A State-of-the-Art Summary. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. Chapter 4, pp. 23–37

Peer-reviewed Conference Papers

Bontrager, D., Novak, D., Zimmermann, R., Riener, R. and Marchal-Crespo, L. (2014). Physiological Noise Cancellation in fNIRS using an Adaptive Filter Based on Mutual Information. IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics 2014, accepted.

Zimmermann, R., Marchal-Crespo, L., Lambercy, O., Fluet, M.-C., Riener, R., Wolf, M., and Gassert, R. (2011). Towards a BCI for sensorimotor training: initial results from simultaneous fNIRS and biosignal recordings. Proc. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC), pp. 6339–6343


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