Laurence Kenney

Dr Laurence Kenney

Reader in Rehabilitation Technologies/Research Lead Rehabilitation Technologies

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Laurence Kenney graduated from the University of Salford in Mechanical Engineering in 1986 and subsequently studied for a PhD in engineering design. Since 1998 he has worked in the area of rehabilitation engineering, both in the UK and Netherlands.

His research focuses on rehabilitation technologies, notably prostheses and functional electrical stimulation devices, together with the application of wearable sensor systems for their control and evaluation. He has an emerging interest in combining motion analysis with psychology-based measurement approaches to the understanding of human-rehabilitation technology interaction.

He has been awarded over £2million in grant funding and published 30 journal papers. Between 2008 and 2011 he acted as an Associated Editor of Prosthetics and Orthotics International. In 2012 he was invited to present at a workshop organised by the Royal Academy of Medical Sciences on Human Enhancement and the Future of Work.

He co-leads one of the Research Themes in the School, with Professor David Howard, School of Computing, Science and Engineering.


He contributes to teaching on rehabilitation technologies to undergraduates in physiotherapy and prosthetics and orthotics

Research Interests

Rehabilitation Technologies

User-rehabilitation technology interaction


Functional electrical stimulation

Qualifications and Memberships

B.Sc.(Hons), Mechanical Engineering.