Mr Daniel Kuan Yu Chen

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Daniel Chen received a Bachelor of Engineering specialising in Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) from the University of Auckland in 2013. He began a Masters of Engineering (Bioengineering) in 2013 on the gait retraining project under a Marsden grant but has since transferred it to a PhD.

The aim of his PhD research is to fully develop the gait retraining device which will apply haptic feedback to the user whilst also measuring their gait kinematics.

Research | Current

Gait retraining for Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee Osteoarthritis is an expanding problem in the growing and aging population, limiting people's ability to manoeuver their lower limbs due to the wear and tear of the cartilage in their knee joints. Research has been shown that retraining a person's walking gait (pattern/motion) can significantly reduce the loading in their knee joints. Gait retraining however is currently only possible in expensive laboratories, our goal therefore is to develop a portable device for gait retraining that patients can - and want - to use outside of laboratories and hospitals.



Research group

Biomimetics Laboratory

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Chen, D. K. Y., Haller, M., & Besier, T. F. (2017). Wearable lower limb haptic feedback device for retraining Foot Progression Angle and Step Width. Gait & posture, 55, 177-183. 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.04.028
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Thor Besier
  • Chen, D., Anderson, I., Walker, C., & Besier, T. (2016). Lower Extremity Lateral Skin Stretch Perception for Haptic Feedback. IEEE transactions on haptics
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Thor Besier, Iain Anderson, Cameron Walker
  • Chen, D., Besier, T., Anderson, I., & McKay, T. (2014). Optimal haptic feedback control of artificial muscles. Paper presented at Conference on Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), San Diego, CA. 10 March - 13 March 2014. ELECTROACTIVE POLYMER ACTUATORS AND DEVICES (EAPAD) 2014. (pp. 6). 10.1117/12.2046491
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Iain Anderson, Thor Besier


Contact details

Primary location

Level 5 , Room 541
New Zealand

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