Pawel Pyk

Group Leader
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I received training in biomedical electronics and computer science, followed by a doctoral project in automatic control and robotics. My research skills are in engineering, including biomedical engineering, electronics, computer science, control engineering, system dynamics, biocybernetics, and robotics combined with medicine, biology, and psychology. My current research interest focuses on application of Virtual Reality technologies for physical and cognitive neurorehabilitation.

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  • Villiger M, Liviero J, Stoop R, Awai L, Curt A, Pyk P, Hohenauer E, Clijsen R, Eng K, Bolliger M Effect of home-based virtual reality-augmented exercise therapy, presented at the 21st Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Vienna, Austria 225, 2016



  • Bannwart M, Pyk P, Kiper D, Eng K, Gassert R, Kim Y Usability assessment of low-cost vibration motors for presenting vibrotactile feedback in sensory and motor rehabilitation, 2013 International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation (ICVR), Philadelphia, PA, USA 206–207, 2013
  • Villiger, M and Bohli, D and Kiper, D and Pyk, P and Spillmann, J and Meilick, B and Curt, A and Hepp-Reymond, M-C and Hotz-Boendermaker, S and Eng, K Virtual reality-augmented neurorehabilitation improves motor function and reduces neuropathic pain in patients with incomplete spinal cord injury, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 27:(8) 675-683, 2013
  • Villiger M, Broggi S, Pyk P, Kiper D, Curt A, Eng K, Bolliger M Innovationen in Rehabilitation und Rehabilitationstechnik – mobiles Gerät mit interaktiver virtueller Realität für die Rehabilitation der unteren Extremitäten bei Patienten mit Querschnittlähmung, 26. Jahrestagung der Deutschsprachigen Medizinischen Gesellschaft für Paraplegie - DMGP “Neue Technologien! Neue Perspektiven!? Neue Ergebnisse?,” Murnau am Staffelsee, Germany 55-56, 2013
  • Villiger M, Pyk P, Spillmann J, Estévez N, Bohli D, Kiper D, Hepp-Reymond M-C, Curt A, Bolliger M, Kollias S S, Hotz-Boendermaker S, Eng K Effects of virtual reality-augmented training on cortical activation in incomplete spinal cord injury patients: An fMRI study, Conference: World Congress of Neurology (WCN) / Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 333: e551, 2013


  • Heinrichs A, Schuster C, Eng K, Keisker B, Holper L, Chevrier E, Pyk P, Kiper D Interactive Bimanual Virtual Mirror Therapy on Chronic Stroke: Two Single-Case Studies, Physiotherapy, vol. 97, no. Supplement S1:, 2011
  • Villiger, M. and Hepp-Reymond, M-C and Pyk, P. and Kiper, D. and Eng, K and Spillman, J. and Meilick, B. and Estevez, N. and Kollias, S. S. and Curt, A. and Hotz-Boendermaker, S. Virtual reality rehabilitation system for neuropathic pain and motor dysfunction in spinal cord injury patients , 2011 International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation (ICVR) 1-4, 2011
  • Villiger M, Bohli D, Kiper D, Pyk P, Estévez N, Kollias S S, Curt A, Hepp-Reymond M-C, Hotz-Boendermaker S, Eng K Virtual reality training for the rehabilitation of lower limb motor dysfunction and neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury, ENRC 1st European NeuroRehabilitation Congress, Merano, Italy, 2011


  • Eng K, Schuster C, Heinrichs A, Keisker B, Holper L, Chevrier E, Pyk P, Kiper D Two single-case studies of interactive bimanual virtual mirror therapy on chronic stroke patients, Eur. J. Neurol., 17: 587, 2010
  • Wick K, Eng K, Spack A, Holper L, Kiper D, Chevrier E, Pyk P, Jäncke L, Meyer-Heim A Virtual-reality-based Paediatric Interactive Therapy System: an additive therapy tool in neurorehabilitation for improving hand dexterity and attention in children with cerebral palsy, Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. Special Issue: Abstracts of the European Academy of Childhood Disability 22nd Annual Meeting, 26-29 May 2010, Brussels, Belgium, 52:(s4) 24, 2010


  • Eng, K and Pescatore, A and Chevrier, E and Pyk, P and Holper, L and Schuster, C and Heinrichs, A and Kiper, D Patient Evaluation of a Mirrored Display for Viewing of Co-located Virtual Arms, Proc. World Congress on Med. Phys. Biomed. Eng., 25/IV: 1861-1864, 2009 pdf
  • Eng K, Pyk P, Indiveri G My First Neuron: Physically instantiated simulated neurons for teaching neural computation, The 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SFN), Chicago , IL, USA, 39: 486.11/HH17, 2009
  • Wille, D. and Eng, K. and Holper, L. and Chevrier, E. and Hauser, Y. and Kiper, D. and Pyk, P. and Schlegel, S. and Meyer-Heim, A. Virtual reality-based paediatric interactive therapy system (PITS) for improvement of arm and hand function in children with motor impairment--a pilot study., Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 12:(1) 44-52, 2009


  • Pescatore, A and Holper, L and Pyk, P and Kiper, D and Eng, K A Display for Supporting Ownership of Virtual Arms, Presence 2008 270-273, 2008 pdf
  • Pyk, P. and Wille, D. and Chevrier, E. and Hauser, Y. and Holper, L and Fatton, I and Greipl, R and Schlegel, S and Ottiger, L and Rückreim, B and Pescatore, A. and Meyer-Heim, A. and Kiper, D and Eng, K A Paediatric Interactive Therapy System for Arm and Hand Rehabilitation, Virtual Rehabilitation 2008, Vancouver, Canada, 2008


  • Bermúdez i Badia, S. and Bernardet, U. and Guanella, A. and Pyk, P. and Verschure, P.F.M.J. A Biologically Based Chemo-Sensing UAV for Humanitarian Demining, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 4:(2) 187-198 , 2007 pdf
  • Bermudez i Badia, S. and Pyk, P. and Verschure, P.F.M.J. A fly-locust based neuronal control system applied to an Unmanned Arial Vehicle: the invertebrate neuronal principles for course stabilization, altitude control and collision avoidance, The International Journal of Robotics Research, 26:(7) 759-772, 2007 pdf
  • Eng, K, and Siekierka, E, and Pyk, P, and Chevrier, E, and Hauser, Y, and Holper, L, and Cameirao, M, and Hägni, K, and Zimmerli, L, and Duff, A, and Schuster, C, and Bassetti, C, and Verschure, P, and Kiper, D, Interactive Visuo-Motor Therapy System for Stroke Rehabilitation., Medical and biological engineering and computing, 45:(9) 901-907, 2007 pdf
  • Siekierka, E M and Eng, K and Bassetti, C and Blickenstorfer, A and Cameirao, M S and Dietz, V and Duff, A and Erol, F and Ettlin, T and Hermann, D M and Keller, T and Keisker, B and Kesselring, J and Kleiser, R and Kollias, S and Kool, J P and Kurre, A and Mangold, S and Nef, T and Pyk, P and Riener, R and Schuster, C and Tosi, F and Verschure, P F M J and Zimmerli, L New technologies and concepts for rehabilitation in the acute phase of stroke: a collaborative matrix, Neurodegenerative Diseases, 4:(1) 57-69, 2007 pdf


  • Eng, K and Siekierka, E and Cameirao, M and Zimmerli, L and Pyk, P and Duff, A and Erol, F and Schuster, C and Bassetti, C and Kiper, D and Verschure, P F M J Cognitive Virtual-Reality Based Stroke Rehabilitation, World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering 2006, 2006 pdf
  • Pyk, P and Bermudez Badia, S and Bernardet, U and Knüsel, P and Carlsson, M and Gu, J and Chanie, E and Hansson, B.S. and Pearce, T.C. and Verschure, P.F.M.J. An artificial moth: Chemical source localization using a robot based neuronal model of moth optomotor anemotactic search., Autonomous Robots, 20: 197–213, 2006 pdf


  • Bermúdez i Badia, S. and Pyk, P. and Verschure, P.F.M.J. A Biologically Inspired Flight Control System for a Blimp-based UAV., (In Press) Proceedings of International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA05), Barcelona, Spain., 2005 pdf
  • Bermúdez i Badia, Sergi and Pyk, Pawel and Knuesel, Philipp and Rogister, Paul and Verschure, Paul F.M.J. A model of moth optomotor-anemotactic chemical search applied to a flying robot., Abstracts ESITO Homepage:, 2005, 2005
  • Pyk, Pawel and Bermúdez i Badia, Sergi and Bernardet, Ulysses and Knüsel, Philipp and Carlsson, Mikael and Gu, Jing and Chanie, Eric and Hansson, Bill S. and Pearce, Tim C. and Verschure, Paul F.M.J. Chemical mapping and source localization using a mobile robot based neuronal model of moth optomotor anemotactic search., ZNZ Symposium, 2005
  • Pyk, Pawel and Bermúdez i Badia, Sergi and Knüsel, Philipp and Chanie, Eric and Verschure, Paul F.M.J. Building an artificial moth: An outdoor flying platform for optomotor anemotactic behaviour. , ZNZ Symposium, 2005
  • Pyk, Pawel and Bermúdez i Badia, Sergi and Knüsel, Philipp and Chanie, Eric and Verschure, Paul F.M.J. Building an artificial moth: An outdoor flying robot for optomotor anemotactic behavior. , Abstracts ESITO Homepage:, 2005
  • Pyk, Pawel and Vyssotski, Alexei L. and Lipp, Hans-Peter and Verschure, Paul F.M.J. Design and development of short distance miniature telemetry system for neuronal activity., ZNZ Symposium, 2005


  • Pyk, P. and Bermudez Badia, S. and Verschure, P.F.M.J. Building an artificial moth. An indoor flying platform for optomotor anemotactic behaviour , abstract submitted for The 7th Congress of the International Society for Neuroethology, August 8th-13th 2004, Nyborg, Denmark., 2004
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