Professor Robert Riener

Double Professor with the ETH Zürich and University of Zürich, Switzerland

Founder and President of CYBATHLON

President of the International Consortium of Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR)

Co-Founder and President of MotusAcademy, Switzerland

Research areas:

  • Biomechanics, Virtual Reality, Man-machine Interaction, & Rehabilitation Robotics


Obtained PhD in Engineering, TU München in 1997 and received an honorary doctoral degree from the Medical Faculty of the University of Basel in 2018. Riener is AAAS Lehner Leadership Fellow since 2019

  • More than 400 published peer-reviewed journal and conference articles and 24 patents
  • Awarded several prizes including the humanTech Innovation Prize for ARMin robot and euRobotics Technology Transfer Award for ARMin and Myosuit®
  • Co-directed The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) of Robotics, a Swiss nationwide organization funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation
  • Guest Professorship at Don-Gnocchi Rehabilitation, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Deputy Editor in the Journal of Rehabilitation Methods and Technologies (work in progress – upcoming)

Associate editor of multiple journals including in rehabilitation technology and sciences

Project with Fourier Intelligence:

Development of versatile 6-​DOF upper-​​limb exoskeleton, ANYexo