CURRENT (AND PREVIOUS) FUNCTION: Jo Ghillebert holds a master's degree in Physical Education and Movement Sciences (2013), and a master's degree in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physical Therapy (2016) from the University of Ghent. He is currently a PhD student at the research group Human Physiology and Sports Physiotherapy, Faculty LK of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
RESEARCH AREA: Jo's research is situated within the research domain Human-Centered Robotics and focuses on the physical and cognitive burden of people with leg amputations. Central to the AMP-foot and Cyberlegs++ project is a holistic evaluation by means of physiological, psychological and biomechanical measurements. This information is of great importance for the development process of new prototypes. Motorized prostheses, which adapt to the needs of the user in real time, are gradually coming onto the market. The ultimate goal is to further individualize these prostheses by analyzing brain activity using the non-invasive technique called electroencephalography.
CURRENT RESEARCH QUESTIONS: How can we reduce the physical and cognitive strain on people with lower limb prostheses so that activities of daily life can be carried out more efficiently?
PRACTICAL APPLICABILITY: Current prostheses do not meet the requirements of people with leg amputations. In addition, the functionality of the prosthesis largely determines the quality of life. Insights into the adaptations of people with lower and upper leg amputations provide engineers with information that is crucial in the development and design of new prototypes.