Foot Biomechanics and Technology

The Foot Biomechanics and Technology Group concerns oneself with gaining a better understanding of foot biomechanics and related complaints and evaluating or developing therapy options with a focus on applying current technology to the assessment and therapy of the locomotor system and orthotics.



  • Heiner Baur, PhD
  • Adrien Cerrito, PT, PhD
  • Lorenz Radlinger, PhD
  • Michelle Müller, PT, BSc (MSc student, BFH)
  • Nicole Hutmacher, PT, BSc (MSc student, BFH)
  • Stefano Pasquali, BSc student Micro- and Medical Technology, BFH
  • Sulayla Karadeniz, BSc student Medical Informatics, BFH
  • Louise Ding, BSc student Medical Informatics, BFH
  • Selina Burch, BSc (MSc student, ETHZ)
  • Anne-Sarah Dysli, PT, BSc (MSc student, BFH)
  • Nathalie Sany, PT, BSc (MSc student, BFH)


  • Johannes Gruppe, PT, MSc
  • Mario Rohrer, PT, MSc
  • Silvia Minder, PT, MSc
  • Bettina Berger, PT, MSc
  • Simone Hänni, PT, MSc
  • Anja Brun, PT, MSc
  • Beatrice Eggertswyler, PT, MSc
  • Jana Frangi, PT, MSc
  • Larissa Zesiger, PT, MSc
  • Thomas Heutschi, MSc Biomed Eng
  • Johannes Pohl, PT, MSc
  • Nicole Lutz, PT, MSc
  • Nino Sutter, MSc Biomed Eng
  • Alexander Imhof, PT, BSc
  • Bettina Meyer, PT, BSc
  • Malin Hulliger, PT, BSc
  • Pascal Kolly, BSc Micro- and Medical Technology
  • Dayene Studer, PT, BSc
  • Debora Lambelet, PT, BSc
  • Natacha Chavaillaz, PT, BSc
  • Stefan Rutschmann, BSc Micro- and Medical Technology
  • Janina Kästli, PT, BSc
  • Corinne Kaufmann, PT, BSc
  • Luca Bortolotti, BSc Micro- and Medical Technology
  • Aurélien Pittet, BSc Micro- and Medical Technology
  • Marion Bohnenblust, PT, BSc
  • Eveline Kaufmann, PT, BSc
  • Sira Woodtli, PT, BSc
  • Julien McEvoy, PT, BSc
  • Cédric Simonin, PT, BSc
  • Kaspar Scherler, PT, BSc
  • Mirjam Shibli, PT, BSc
  • Martin Hiltbrand, PT, BSc
  • Kevin Marcus, PT, BSc
  • Lara Piers, MSc Biomed Eng
  • Philippe Bähler, BSc Micro- and Medical Technology
  • Pascal Kolly, BSc Micro- and Medical Technology


Master's thesis or internship

For current master thesis or internship opportunities, please contact the group head directly.

Ongoing collaborations

  • Ortho-Team AG (Adrian Bosshard)
  • Praxisklinik Rennbahn AG (Dr. Marlene Mauch)
  • BFH Institute for Medical Informatics I4MI (Dr. Kerstin Denecke)
  • BFH Institute for Human Centered Engineering - Biomedical Engineering Lab (Dr. Jörn Justiz)
  • BFH Institute for Human Centered Engineering - Robotics Lab (Dr. Gabriel Gruener)
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen - Exercise Science (Dr. Michael Romann)
  • Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, Bern University Hospital (Inselspital) (Dr. med. Emanuel Liechti)
  • Department of Diagnostic, Interventional and Pediatric Radiology, Bern University Hospital (Inselspital) (PD Dr. med. Jasmin Busch)


Current projects

  • Movement analysis in running injuries – Implications for orthotic device configuration?
    Cooperation with Ortho-Team AG
    PI: Patric Eichelberger, PhD
    Sponsor: Unfunded
  • Fusing intrinsic foot motion and plantar pressure patterns – A better approach for foot function diagnostics?
    Cooperation with Praxisklinik Rennbahn AG
    PI: Patric Eichelberger, PhD
    Sponsor: Unfunded
  • Accelerometry-based measurement of time to stabilization – Enhancing feasibility of dynamic postural stability assessment in clinical settings.
    PI: Patric Eichelberger, PhD
    Sponsor: Unfunded
  • Bone age assessment by ultrasound – Development of a standardized method for in-field assessment.
    PI: Eva Rüeger, MSc (Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen)
    Involved member(s) of Foot Biomechanics and Technology Research Group: Patric Eichelberger, PhD (Project partner)
    Sponsor: Unfunded
  • Der ORTHO-TEAM Dorsallift. Eine innovative Lösung zur Behandlung des plantaren Fersenschmerzes.
    PI: Heiner Baur, PhD
    Sponsor: Innosuisse (Projekt 38317.1 IP-LS).
  • Patient-specific surgical planning of torsional leg deformities using MRI, 3D gait analysis and musculoskeletal simulation for young patients with knee or hip pain to improve patient outcomes.
    PI: Emanuel Liechti, MD (Bern University Hospital)
    Involved member(s) of Foot Biomechanics and Technology Research Group: Patric Eichelberger, PhD (Project partner)
    Sponsor: CTU Research Grant, Bern University Hospital (Inselspital)
  • Association between running biomechanics, running economy and running related injury.
    PI: Adrien Cerrito, PhD
    Sponsor: Unfunded
  • Sportklettern – Biomechanik, Training, Diagnostik und Therapie
    PI: Lorenz Radlinger, PhD
    Sponsor: Unfunded

Completed projects

  • CAFOpt - Carbon Ankle-Foot Orthoses Optimization: Minimierung des Bruchrisikos bei patientenspezifischen Karbon-Sprunggelenkfederorthesen unter Berücksichtigung der optimalen Federsteifigkeit zur Unterstützung des Gangbildes (Cooperation with the Ortho-Team AG, Bern; Funding: swissuniversities P-11 Doppeltes Kompetenzprofil)
  • SpaDisQuA - The spatial distribution of quadriceps muscle activity - a pilot study investigating the effects of altered contraction intensity and time (Masterthesis, Funding: none)
  • Effect of playing period on the neck Muscle Onset Time after checking in Swiss male amateur Ice HOCkey – A prospective pilot study (Masterthesis, Founding: none)
  • Enhanced. neuromuscular assessment of the pelvic floor muscle with a flexible highdensity surface EMG probe and electroqnatomica.l mapping - A modelting and. simulation studg (Founding: SNF Spark
  • Effects of manual therapy techniques on neuromuscular and postural control in patients with chronic ankle instability (Masterthesis, Funding: none)
  • Validation of the Cometa WaveTrack IMU system to measure joint angles during various activities (Masterthesis, Funding: none)
  • Der vermessene Tubaspieler. Digitalisierung der Mensch-Instrument-Ergonomie (Coinvestigator; Cooperation BFH-HKB; Funding: BFH Call for Proposals 2019 (BFH internal grant))
  • Properties of sensomotoric training devices - Influence of various design parameters on the device behavior during different exercise tasks (Bachelorthesis, Funding: none)
  • Movement Analysis of Stairway Walking - a pilot study investigating the influence of inand out-toeing on the neuromuscular control and loading of the knee joint (Masterthesis, Funding: none)
  • GaitLApp - Gait Laboratory Application: Entwicklung einer grafischen Benutzeroberfläche zur einfachen Erstellung von Ganglaborberichten (Cooperation with the Ortho-Team AG, Bern; Funding: swissuniversities P-11 Doppeltes Kompetenzprofil)
  • The CurePPaC Study analyzing non-surgical treatment strategies to Cure Pes Planovalgus associated Complaints (Co-investigator; Funding: SNF Project 140928)
  • Development of an active balance board with visual feedback for sensomotoric training (Masterthesis, Funding: none)