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School of Health Sciences

Dr Laurence Kenney

Professor of Rehabilitation Technologies/ Research Co-Lead Rehabilitation Technologies and Biomedical Engineering


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 (FES) devices, together with the application of wearable sensor systems for their control and evaluation. He has an emerging interest in using low cost monitoring technologies to better understand the real world use of rehabilitation devices.

He has been awarded over £4.5 million in grant funding from EPSRC, NIHR and charities and published well over 50 journal papers. Between 2008 and 2011 he acted as an Associated Editor of Prosthetics and Orthotics International and in 2017 was Guest Associate Editor for a Special Edition of the Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies. He is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and sits on the Scientific Board of the Inspire charity. He has supervised 10 PhD students (6 as lead supervisor), been involved in research contributing to the development of two new rehabilitation devices, including the first demonstration outside of the lab of a drop foot stimulator with automated setup. He has also carried out research into better methods of assessment of upper limb prosthetics. He co-leads the Rehabilitation Technologies and Biomedical Engineering group, 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.