Dr Marcela Munera

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About me

My research focuses on the design, development and objective assessment of robotic devices and systems in different rehabilitation scenarios and the human response and interaction assessment. My research interests are oriented toward understanding human factors in experimental interventions with robotics systems, biomechanics, movement analysis and evaluation of user studies.

I was born in Colombia, where I graduated as a Bioengineer from Universidad de Antioquia. In 2011, I received a Master in Mechanics and Materials from Ecole Nationale de Metz, France. In 2014, I received my PhD in Mechanics and Biomechanics from Université de Reims Champagne Ardenne thanks to a FEDER, Region Champagne Ardenne – Doctoral Grant. During my PhD and as a Lecturer at Université de Reims Champagne Ardenne (France), I worked on industrial research projects in biomechanical assessment related to sports performance and injury prevention. In sports, my research was mainly experimental and focused on vibratory and dynamic response, human effects of shock and vibration and wearable sensors.

During the last years, I have applied this knowledge to developing and assessing robotic devices for rehabilitation and assistance, expanding the work to a human-centred approach using strategies like participatory design, repeated feedback to stakeholders and perception assessment post-experimental test, among others.

Area of expertise

Socially Assistive Robotics, Assistive Robotics, Rehabilitation robotics, Biomechanics, Human-Robot Interaction


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