Prof. Dr. Robert Riener is a full professor for sensorimotor systems at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology (D-HEST), ETH Zurich. In May 2003 he was appointed assistant professor for rehabilitation engineering at the ETH Zurich. In June 2006 he was promoted to associate professor and in June 2010 to full professor. Since his position is a double professorship jointly with the university, he is also active at the Research Center for Paraplegiology at the Balgrist University Hospital as a full professor of the medical faculty, University of Zurich.
His current research focuses on the areas of human motion synthesis, biomechanics, virtual reality, human-machine interaction and rehabilitation robotics. He is the author and co-author of over 400 peer-reviewed articles and 24 patents, has won numerous prizes and is a member of numerous specialist societies (including IEEE / EMBS, DGBMT / VDE, IFESS) and co-editor of several specialist journals. The arm therapy robot ARMin, developed under his leadership, has received several awards (humanTech innovation award, Swiss Technology Award). Prof. Dr. Riener also won the IEEE Best Paper Award 2010 and the euRobotics Technology Transfer Awards 2011 and 2012. Riener is the founder and organizer of the Cybathlon, for which he received the European Excellence Award, the Yahoo Sports Technology Award and an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel.