Introducing a Modular, Personalized Exoskeleton for Ankle and Knee Support of Individuals with a Spinal Cord Injury

  • Cory MeijnekeEmail author
  • Shiqian Wang
  • Victor Sluiter
  • Herman van der Kooij
Conference paper
Part of the Biosystems & Biorobotics book series (BIOSYSROB, volume 16)


In the Symbitron Project, one of the main objectives is to develop a safe, bio-inspired, and personalized wearable exoskeleton that enables individuals with a spinal cord injury (SCI) to walk without additional assistance, by complementing their remaining motor function. The first target group of five subjects, have enough hip control to keep themselves upright, but need support around the ankle and/or knee joint. This paper gives an overview of the design features of the newly developed exoskeleton and shares some details about the design process.


Spinal Cord Injury Inertial Measurement Unit Modular Design Spinal Cord Injure Series Elastic Element 
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Great effort has been put into the design and manufacturing of the exoskeleton by Wouter Gregoor and Tom Phillips from the Electrical and Mechanical Support Division at Delft University of Technology. Thanks to effort and patience of the subjects and staff of Fondazione Santa Lucia, we obtained detail data and scans for out design. The exoskeleton footplates where provided by Össur.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cory Meijneke
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shiqian Wang
    • 1
  • Victor Sluiter
    • 2
  • Herman van der Kooij
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biomechanical Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials EngineeringDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Biomechanical Engineering Laboratory, Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine (MIRA)University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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