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Josephus Driessen

Post Doc

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Rehab Technologies - INAIL-IIT lab


IIT Central Research Labs Genova


I was born and raised in Delft, The Netherlands. I have obtained the BSc and MSc degrees in mechanical engineering in 2012 and 2015 respectively, both at the TU Delft. In 2019 I obtained the Ph.D degree in robotics from Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genoa, Italy, on the design of fundamental balancing and hopping robots. I am currently employed as a postdoc at IIT's department of Rehabilitation Technologies (RTech), where I mainly work on the design and control of an above-knee prosthetic leg. My interests are in dynamic mechanical devices and their alikeness to nature, especially in legged and medical robotics.

Selected Publications

  • Driessen, J. J. M., Gkikakis, A. E., Featherstone, R., & Singh, B. R. P. (2019, May). Experimental demonstration of high-performance robotic balancing. In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). Montreal, Canada.
  • Driessen, J. J. M., Featherstone R., & Gkikakis, A. E. (2018, October). An actuator design criterion to maximize physical balance recovery. In IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). Madrid, Spain.


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