Short CV/Education and training

Research experience

  • Since 2020
    Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology

  • 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, the 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

  • Basalp E, Wolf P, Marchal-Crespo L. Haptic training: Which types facilitate (re)learning of which motor task and for whom Answers by a review. IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 2021.

  • Wenk N, Penalver-Andres J, Buetler KA, Müri RM, Marchal-Crespo L. Effect of Immersive Visualization Technologies on Cognitive Load, Motivation, Usability, and Embodiment. Virtual Reality, 2021.

  • Odermatt IA, Buetler KA, Wenk N, Özen Ö, Penalver-Andres J, Nef T, Mast FW, Marchal-Crespo L. Congruency of Information Rather Than Body Ownership Enhances Motor Performance in Highly Embodied Virtual Reality. Frontiers in Neuroscience 15, 2021.

  • Özen Ö, Buetler KA, Marchal-Crespo L. Promoting motor variability during robotic assistance enhances motor learning of dynamic tasks. Frontiers in Neuroscience 14, 2020.

  • 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, 2019.

  • Marchal-Crespo L, Rappo N, Riener R. The effectiveness of robotic training depends on motor tasks characteristics. Experimental Brain Research, 235(12): 3799–3816, 2017.

  • 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, 11:526, 2017.

  • Marchal-Crespo L, Baumann T, Imobersteg M, Maassen S, Riener R. Experimental evaluation of a mixed controller that amplifies spatial errors and reduces timing errors. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 4:19, 2017.

  • 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, 8(2): 222–34, 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.

  • 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, Zimmermann R, Lambercy O, Edelmann J, Fluet MC, Wolf M, Gassert R, Riener R. Motor execution detection based on autonomic nervous system responses. Physiological Measurement, 34 (1), 2013.

  • 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.

  • McHughen SA, Rodriguez PF, Kleim JA, Kleim EP, Marchal Crespo L, Procaccio V, Cramer SC. BDNF val66met polymorphism influences motor system function in the human brain. Cerebral Cortex, 20(5): 1254–1262, 2010.

  • Marchal-Crespo L, Furumasu J, Reinkensmeyer DJ. A robotic wheelchair trainer: design overview and a feasibility study. Journal 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. Journal 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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