SPEXOR: Spinal Exoskeletal Robot for Low Back Pain Prevention and Vocational Reintegration

  • Jan BabičEmail author
  • Katja Mombaur
  • Dirk Lefeber
  • Jaap van Dieën
  • Bernhard Graimann
  • Michael Russold
  • Nejc Šarabon
  • Han Houdijk
Conference paper
Part of the Biosystems & Biorobotics book series (BIOSYSROB, volume 16)


Most assistive robotic devices are exoskeletons which assist or augment the motion of the limbs and neglect the role of the spinal column in transferring load from the upper body and arms to the legs. In the SPEXOR project we will fill this gap and design a novel spinal exoskeleton to prevent low-back pain in able bodied workers and to support workers with low-back pain in vocational rehabilitation.


Passive Device Defense Advance Research Project Agency Gravity Compensation Awkward Posture Reduce Work Capacity 
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Members of SPEXOR consortium: J. Babič (coordinator), T. Petrič, R. Goljat: Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia; K. Mombaur (PI), M. Sreenivasa, M. Millard, P. Manns: Heidelberg University, Germany; D. Lefeber (PI), C. Rodriguez-Guerrero, L. De Rijcke, M. Näf: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium; J. van Dieën (PI), I. Kingma, G. Faber, S. Bruin, A. Koopman: VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands; B. Graimann (PI), M. Tüttemann, A. Kurzweg, J. Bornmann, H. Glindemann: Otto Bock Healthcare GmbH, Germany; M. Russold (PI), D. Pieringer: Otto Bock Healthcare Products GmbH, Austria; N. Šarabon (PI), A. Panjan, K. Kastelic, M. Savić: S2P Science to practice d.o.o., Slovenia; H. Houdijk (PI), C. van Bennekom (PI), J. Nachtegaal, S. Baltrusch: Heliomare, The Netherlands.

Funding: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 687662 - SPEXOR.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Babič
    • 1
    Email author
  • Katja Mombaur
    • 2
  • Dirk Lefeber
    • 3
  • Jaap van Dieën
    • 4
  • Bernhard Graimann
    • 5
  • Michael Russold
    • 6
  • Nejc Šarabon
    • 7
  • Han Houdijk
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of AutomationBiocybernetics and Robotics, Jožef Stefan InstituteLjubljanaSlovenia
  2. 2.Department of Optimization in Robotics & BiomechanicsHeidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany
  3. 3.Robotics & Multibody Mechanics Research Group, Department of Mechanical EngineeringVrije Universiteit BrusselIxellesBelgium
  4. 4.MOVE Research Institute AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Department of Translations Research and Knowledge ManagementOtto Bock Healthcare GmbHDuderstadtGermany
  6. 6.Department of Translational ResearchOtto Bock Healthcare Products GmbHWienAustria
  7. 7.Department of Health StudyUniversity of Primorska and with S2P Science To Practice d.o.oKoperSlovenia
  8. 8.Human Movement Sciences Amsterdam and with Heliomare Research and DevelopmentAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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