SPEXOR: Towards a Passive Spinal Exoskeleton

  • L. De RijckeEmail author
  • M. Näf
  • C. Rodriguez-Guerrero
  • B. Graimann
  • H. Houdijk
  • J. van Dieën
  • K. Mombaur
  • M. Russold
  • N. Sarabon
  • J. Babič
  • D. Lefeber
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 this part of the SPEXOR project we will fill this gap and design a novel, passive spinal exoskeleton to prevent low-back pain in able bodied workers and to support workers with low-back pain in vocational rehabilitation.


Vocational Rehabilitation Elastic Element Passive Device Trunk Flexion Intradiscal Pressure 
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This work is funded by the European Commission under Grant agreement Nr. 687662.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. De Rijcke
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Näf
    • 1
  • C. Rodriguez-Guerrero
    • 1
  • B. Graimann
    • 2
  • H. Houdijk
    • 4
  • J. van Dieën
    • 3
  • K. Mombaur
    • 5
  • M. Russold
    • 6
  • N. Sarabon
    • 7
  • J. Babič
    • 8
  • D. Lefeber
    • 1
  1. 1.Robotics & Multibody Mechanics Research Group, Department of Mechanical EngineeringVrije Universiteit BrusselIxellesBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Translations Research and Knowledge ManagementOtto Bock Healthcare GmbHDuderstadtGermany
  3. 3.Faculty of Human Movement SciencesVU University Amsterdam and with Heliomare Research and DevelopmentAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Neuromusculoskeletal Mechanics Research ProgramMOVE Research Institute AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Department of Optimization in Robotics & BiomechanicsHeidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany
  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.Department of Automation, Biocybernetics and RoboticsJožef Stefan IntituteLjubljanaSlovenia

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