dr.ir. K. Nizamis (Kostas)

Universitair docent

Over mij

My name is Kostas Nizamis (1988 Kavala,Greece) and I am an Assistant Professor in Multidisciplinary Design at the Design, Production, & Management (DPM) department at the University of Twente. I graduated as electrical and computer engineer (M.Eng) from the Democritus University of Thrace in Xanthi, Greece. After that, I acquired my degree in Biomedical Engineering (MSc.) at the University of Twente. Between November 2014 and February 2019, I performed my Ph.D. research in the department of Biomechanical Engineering, at the University of Twente, in Symbionics 1.3: Intention Amplifying in Hand Orthoses. In this project, we developed and tested a myocontrolled hand exoskeleton for people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpHjlFM0t3Y).

My current research interests involve the application of multidisciplinary design approaches and Systems Engineering tools and methods in developing and validating rehabilitation technologies to address high-impact societal problems.

I am currently serving as the vice-chairman of the Optimus Association (https://www.utwente.nl/en/et/dpm/optimus/)  of the DPM department of the University of Twente. Additionally, I am the Director of Transfer for the Non-Profit Organization Authentia (If interested visit our website or our pages on Facebook and LinkedIn!).


Medicine & Life Sciences
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Engineering & Materials Science
Exoskeleton (Robotics)
Motion Sensors
Patient Rehabilitation


My previous research focused on bio-signal analysis, hand and arm exoskeletons,  intention detection, active support for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and daily -out of the lab- use of assistive devices. I participated in the development of an active myoelectric hand exoskeleton for people with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  Currently, I am an Assistant Professor in Multidisciplinary Design. Complex design problems often dictate the integration of multiple disciplines and then need to steer them towards successful collaborative efforts that can effectively address such problems. My vision is to understand the various interactions between different disciplines when solving complex design problems and facilitate collaboration.  Additionally, I am very interested in research ethics and how modern technology can have a positive impact on society, by considering the individual needs of the users and all the relevant ethical consequences.


Hover, Q. R. M. , Karahanoglu, A. , Nizamis, K. , & Haarman, J. A. M. (2022). Smart daily-used objects for hand rehabilitation after stroke. Poster session presented at Rehab Week 2022, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Nizamis, K., van Dalen, M. , van Dun, D. H. , Hermsen, E. M. P. , & Sullivan, B. P. (2022). Transdisciplinary Challenge-based Learning: Multi-Stakeholder Co-creation Combining Engineering Technology and Social Sciences. Poster session presented at 3rd Barcelona Conference on Education, BCE 2022, Barcelona, Spain.
Stefess, F. , Nizamis, K. , Haarman, J. , & Karahanoglu, A. (2022). Gr!pp: Integrating Activities of Daily Living into Hand Rehabilitation. In TEI 2022: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction [3505572] (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3490149.3505572
Shakila, N. U. , Nizamis, K. , Poortman, C. L. , & van der Veen, J. T. (2021). Interdisciplinary challenge-based learning: science to society: Science to Society. In H-U. Heiss, H-M. Jarvinen, A. Mayer, & A. Schulz (Eds.), Proceedings - SEFI 49th Annual Conference: Blended Learning in Engineering Education: Challenging, Enlightening - and Lasting? (pp. 1491-1499). (Proceedings - SEFI 49th Annual Conference: Blended Learning in Engineering Education: Challenging, Enlightening - and Lasting?). Societe Europeenne pour la Formation des Ingenieurs (SEFI).
Athanasiou, A., Antoniou, P., Pandria, N., Astaras, A. , Nizamis, K., Mitsopoulos, K., Praftsiotis, A., Arvanitidis, T., Apostolou, T., Magras, I., & Bamidis, P. (2021). Affect detection in rehabilitation using wearable robotics, multiple biosensors and serious gaming: a concept using the NeuroSuitUp platform. Abstract from 4th International Conference on Medical Education Informatics, MEI 2021.
Nizamis, K., Athanasiou, A., Almpani, S., Dimitrousis, C., & Astaras, A. (2021). Converging Robotic Technologies in Targeted Neural Rehabilitation: A Review of Emerging Solutions and Challenges. Sensors (Switzerland), 21(6), [2084]. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21062084
Kilic-Bebek, E. , Nizamis, K., Karapars, Z., Gokkurt , A., Unal, R., Bebek, O. , Vlutters, M., Vander Poorten, E. B., Borghesan , G., Decré, W., Aertbeliën, E., Borisova , O., Borisov, I., Kolyubin, S., & Ugurlu , B. (Accepted/In press). Discussing Modernizing Engineering Education through the Erasmus + Project Titled "Open Educational Resources on Enabling Technologies in Wearable and Collaborative Robotics (WeCoRD). Abstract from 3rd International Instructional Technologies in Engineering Education Symposium IITEE , Izmir, Turkey.
Dimitrousis, C., Almpani, S., Stefaneas, P., Veneman, J. , Nizamis, K., & Astaras, A. (2020). Neurorobotics: Review of Underlying Technologies, Current Developments and Future Directions. In A. Athanasiou, V. H. De Albuquerque, & S. Ribeiro (Eds.), Neurotechnology: Methods, advances and applications (1st ed.). The Institution of Engineering and Technology. https://doi.org/10.1049/pbhe019e_ch7
Nizamis, K. , Rijken, N., Mendes, A., Janssen, M. , Bergsma, A. , & Koopman, B. (2019). A Novel Setup and Protocol to Measure the Range of Motion of the Wrist and the Hand. 143-143. Poster session presented at 3rd Congress on NeuroRehabilitation and Neural Repair 2019, Maastricht, Netherlands.
Nizamis, K. , Stienen, A. H. A., Kamper, D. G., Keller, T., Plettenburg, D. H., Rouse, E. J., Farina, D. , Koopman, B. F. J. M. , & Sartori, M. (2019). Transferrable Expertise From Bionic Arms to Robotic Exoskeletons: Perspectives for Stroke and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics, 1(2), 88-96. https://doi.org/10.1109/TMRB.2019.2912453
Bos, R. , Nizamis, K., Plettenburg, D. , & Herder, J. L. (2018). Design of an Electrohydraulic Hand Orthosis for People with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Using Commercially Available Components. In 2018 7th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (Biorob) (pp. 305-311). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/BIOROB.2018.8487196
Nizamis, K., Ganseij, M. , & Koopman, H. F. J. M. (2017). Towards the control of an active hand orthosis for people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy: Design and Validation of a wireless sEMG sleeve. Poster session presented at 6th Dutch Bio-Medical Engineering Conference 2017, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands.

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I am strongly committed to educational innovation through implementing challenge-based learning in order to bridge education with research and industry and promote the development of student’s 21st-century skills. Currently, I am the coordinator of the HTHT Minor Science 2 Society where I apply Challenge-Base Learning principles to facilitate interdisciplinary learning (https://www.utwente.nl/en/education/electives/minor/offer/htht-minors/#htht-%E2%80%93-minor-packages-215-ec).

Additionally, I am teaching design engineering and systems engineering for Mechanical engineering bachelor students and I am involved in the HTHT minor Biorobotics and the MSc. course Biomechatronics.

Currently, I am also serving as the secretary of the Programme Committee for the BSc. and MSc. of Industrial Design Engineering (more information here)

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Vakken Collegejaar  2022/2023

Vakken in het huidig collegejaar worden toegevoegd op het moment dat zij definitief zijn in het Osiris systeem. Daarom kan het zijn dat de lijst nog niet compleet is voor het gehele collegejaar.

Vakken Collegejaar  2021/2022


I worked as an MSc. student at the Flextension A-Gear project where I developed the myoelectric control of an active arm exoskeleton for people with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Subsequently, I finished my Ph.D. in the Symbionics project where I participated in the development of a myocontrolled active hand exoskeleton for people with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Currently, I am working on the Erasmus + Project WeCord, where we develop Open Educational Resources on Enabling Technologies in Wearable and Collaborative Robotics.

Current Projects

Finished Projects

  • Intention Amplifying in Hand Orthoses

  • Flextension A-Gear



Universiteit Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (gebouwnr. 20), kamer W260
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede

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