Short CV/Education and training

Research experience

  • Since 2017
    SNF Professor, ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering, University of Bern

  • 2010 – 2016
    Postdoctoral fellow, Sensory-Motor Systems Lab, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

  • 2006 – 2010
    Research specialist, Biorobotics Laboratory, University of California at Irvine, USA


  • 2009
    PhD,University of California at Irvine, USA

  • 2006
    MS, University of California at Irvine, USA

  • 2003
    Bachelor in Science, Industrial Engineer, Technical University of Catalonia, UPC, Barcelona, Spain

Selected publications

  • Marchal-Crespo L, Tsangaridis P, Obwegeser D, Maggioni S, Riener R. Haptic Error Modulation Outperforms Visual Error Amplification when Learning a Modified Gait Pattern. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 13:61.

  • Milot MH, Marchal-Crespo L, Beaulieu LD, Reinkensmeyer D, Cramer SC. Neural circuits activated by error amplification and haptic guidance training techniques during performance of a timing-based motor task by healthy individuals. Experimental Brain Research, 236(11): 3085–3099.

  • Marchal-Crespo L, Michels L, Jaeger L, Lopez-Oloriz J, Riener R. Effect of error augmentation on brain activation and motor learning of a complex locomotor task. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2017, doi: 10.3389/fnins.2017.00526.

  • Marchal-Crespo L, Rappo N, Riener R. The effectiveness of robotic training depends on motor tasks characteristics. Experimental Brain Research, 2017, doi: 10.1007/s00221-017-5099-9.

  • Marchal-Crespo L, Bannwart M, Riener R, Vallery H. The effect of haptic guidance on learning a hybrid rhythmic-discrete motor task. IEEE Transactions on Haptics, pp 1, 2015.

  • Marchal-Crespo L, Schneider J, Jaeger L, Riener R. Learning a locomotor task: with or without errors? Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 11:25, 2014.

  • Zimmermann R, Marchal-Crespo L, Edelmann J, Lambercy O, Fluet M, Riener R, Wolf M, Gassert R. Detection of motor execution using a hybrid fNIRS-biosignal BCI: a feasibility study. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 10:4, 2013.

  • Marchal-Crespo L, van Raai M, Rauter G, Wolf P, Riener R. The effect of haptic guidance and visual feedback on learning a complex tennis task. Experimental Brain Research, 231(3): 277–91, 2013.

  • Marchal-Crespo L, Furumasu J, Reinkensmeyer DJ. A robotic wheelchair trainer: design overview and a feasibility study. J. of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 7:40, 2010.

  • Marchal-Crespo L, McHughen SA, Cramer SC, Reinkensmeyer DJ. The effect of aging and haptic guidance on motor learning of a steering task. Experimental Brain Research, 201(2): 209–20, 2010.

  • Marchal-Crespo L, Reinkensmeyer DJ. Review of control strategies for robotic movement training after neurologic injury. J. of Neuroengineering and Neurorehabilitation, 6:20, 2009.

  • Marchal-Crespo L, Reinkensmeyer DJ. Haptic guidance can enhance motor learning of a steering task. Journal of Motor Behavior, 40(6): 545–56, 2008.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Robotics

  • IEEE


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