Dr. Bart Jansen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) Wins Phase I App Development Competition

July 15, 2019

The De Luca Foundation is pleased to announce Dr. Bart Jansen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium) as one of the winners of our Phase I App Development Competition, which provides a chance to win equipment and cash awards by developing EMG-centric applications for mobile devices with real-world viability.

Dr. Bart Jansen will lead a team to develop an EMG Platform for Game-Based Rehabilitation and Assessment. The app will be made publicly available upon completion.  Check our website in December 2019 for updates.

The Foundation thanks all the applicants who submitted their proposal.

Development Summary

The proposed Android mobile application concerns the development of a 2D platform game “Ghostly” for rehabilitation of patients suffering from motor and neuro-muscular disorders. The proposed app will present challenging, motivating and rewarding game scenarios to the patients. In these game scenarios, a character will be controlled by the actions of the patient. The success of the character in the game will hence be directly influenced by the actions of the patient. These actions will be sensed from the EMG sensors and interpreted by the game software. A key concept of the approach is that each game should be flexible to be controlled by a variety of muscles in a variety of ways, thereby decoupling the rehabilitation goals from the specific games and broadens the applicability of the platform to a variety of use cases.

Development Team

Prof. Dr. Bart Jansen

Team Leader: Prof. Dr. Bart Jansen
Vrije Universiteit
Brussel, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Bart Jansen (born 1979, PhD in Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence in 2005) is a professor at the medical imaging and ehealth group of the Department of Electronics and Informatics (ETRO) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is interested in developing image and signal processing methods and artificial intelligence methods for a variety of applications in the broad biomedical engineering domain, but mainly focusing on rehabilitation engineering. 


Dr. Lubos Omelina

Software Engineer: Dr. Lubos Omelina
Vrije Universiteit
Brussel, Belgium

Dr. Lubos Omelina obtained a PhD in Engineering Sciences and has extensive expertise in developing game-based rehabilitation tools.


Dr. Katka Kostkova

Software Engineer and Game developer: Katka Kostkova
Vrije Universiteit
Brussel, Belgium

Ms. Katka Kostkova has extensive expertise in developing game-based rehabilitation tools.


Clinical Expert: Dr. Armand Laumen
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Clinical Expert: Prof. Eva Swinnen
Specialist in rehabilitation sciences
Vrije Universiteit Brussel