PD Dr. Prabitha Urwyler

Senior Researcher / Deputy Group Head

University of Bern, ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, Gerontechnology & Rehabilitation

+41 31 632 76 07
Postal Address
ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research
Gerontechnology & Rehabilitation
Murtenstrasse 50
3008 Bern
  • Venia docendi in Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bern (May 2019)
  • Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Dr. phil. - Biomedical Engineering), Medical Faculty, University of Basel, Switzerland, Advisor: Prof. Dr. Bert Müller, Thesis: Polymeric micro-cantilever sensors for biomedical applications (2012)
  • Degree of Master of Science (M.Sc. - Biomedical Engineering), Medical Faculty, University of Bern, Switzerland, Advisor: Prof. Dr. Stephen Ferguson, Thesis: Biomechanical Characterisation of Annulus and Nucleus repair methods (2008)
  • Degree of Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech - Computer Science and Engineering), Mangalore University, India (1995)


  • Senior Researcher, ARTORG Center, University of Bern, Switzerland (60%, since Jan 2018)
  • Senior Researcher, Neurorehabilitation Unit, Department of Neurology, University Hospital Inselspital, Switzerland (30%, since Jun 2018)
  • Visiting Researcher, Institute of Neuroscience, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom (Sept 2016-July 2018)
  • Senior Researcher, UPD - University Hospital of Old Age Psychiatry, Bern, Switzerland (90%, Jan 2015 - Dec 2017)
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, UPD - University Hospital of Old Age Psychiatry, Bern, Switzerland (80%, May 2013 - Dec 2014)
  • Post-Doctoral Associate, Biomaterial Science Center, Medical Faculty, University of Basel, Switzerland (40%, Feb 2012 - Apr 2013)
  • PhD Candidate / Research Assistant, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland (Sep 2008 - Jan 2012)



  • Software Consultant, sda Informatik AG, Bern, Switzerland (Sept 2010 - Dec 2012)
  • Software Engineer, Schweizerische Depeschenagentur, Bern, Switzerland, (Feb 1997 - Aug 2008, 60% May 2003-April 2006, 40% May 2006-August 2008)
  • Software Developer, Melstar Information Technologies Ltd, Mumbai, India (Sept 1995 - Jan 1997)
  • University of Bern, Interdisciplinary (ID) Grant ( Apr 2019 - Mar 2021)
  • Innosuisse (Mar 2019 - Mar 2022)
  • Novartis Forschungsstiftung - Freenovation (Jan 2019 - Jun 2020)
  • University of Bern, Initiator Grant (May 2018 - Feb 2019)
  • Hasler Foundation (Jun 2017 - Jun 2020) - Co-Applicant
  • Swiss National Science Foundation - International Short Visit (Jan 2017 - Jun 2017)
  • University of Bern, Promotion Fund (2016)
  • Bangerter-Rhyner Stiftung (May 2016 - Dec 2017)
  • Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (Aug 2011 - Jan 2012) Co-Applicant
  • Swiss Light Source (SLS), Paul Scherrer Institute (Sep 2009 - Dec 2009) - Co-Applicant

PhD Thesis Co-Supervision

  • Matthias Hutter, PhD Biomedical Engineering, Uni Bern (Sept 2019 - present)
  • Angela Botros, PhD Biomedical Engineering, Uni Bern (Sept 2017 - present)
  • Narayan Schütz, PhD Biomedical Engineering, Uni Bern (Nov 2016 - present)
  • Stephan Gerber, Development of an adaptive virtual environment for closed loop control of cognitive processes in critically ill patients, PhD Biomedical Engineering, Uni Bern (Sept 2016 - Jun 2019)
  • Alvin Chesham, Development and evaluation of a new serious game-based rehabilitation program for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, PhD Health Sciences, Uni Bern (Dec 2014 - Aug 2019)
  • Reto Stucki, - Assistive technology to enhance safety and autonomy of patients with Alzheimer’s disease at home, PhD Biomedical Engineering, Uni Bern (May 2013 - Jan 2016)
  • Nicole Gruber, The age-dependent effect of mesopic visual conditions on visual exploration behaviour and on driving performance, PhD Health Sciences, Uni Bern (May 2013 - Oct 2014)


Master Thesis Supervision

  • Simon Scheurer, Optimization and Validation of a Fall Detection System through Trial, MSc Biomedical Engineering, Uni Bern (Dec 2017 - May 2018)
  • Sarah Blankenberger, Development and Evaluation of a tele-rehabilitation application for Aphasic patients, MSc Biomedical Engineering, Uni Bern (Apr 2016 -
    Oct 2016)
  • Flurin Feuerstein, Development and Comparison of Simulated Driving Setups, MSc Biomedical Engineering, Uni Bern (Feb 2015 - Aug 2015)


Master Thesis Co-Supervision

  • Nadia Schweizer, Development and Evaluation of a New Computer Program for the Therapy of Brain-Injured Patients with Hemianopia, MSc Psychology, Uni Bern (Feb 2016 - Aug 2016)
  • Stephan Gerber, Exploring Virtual reality in Medicine, MSc Biomedical Engineering, Uni Bern (Feb 2016 - Aug 2016)
  • Xue Zhao, Cantilever based sensing to quantify material-biosystem interactions, MSc Physics, ETH Zürich (Feb 2012 - Jul 2012)
Number of items: 43.

Journal Article

Uslu, Arif Sinan; Gerber, Stephan M; Schmidt, Nadine; Röthlisberger, Carina; Wyss, Patric; Vanbellingen, Tim; Schaller, Sandra; Wyss, Corina; Koenig-Bruhin, Monica; Berger, Thomas; Nyffeler, Thomas; Müri, René; Nef, Tobias; Urwyler, Prabitha (2020). Investigating a new tablet-based telerehabilitation app in patients with aphasia: a randomised, controlled, evaluator-blinded, multicentre trial protocol. BMJ open, 10(11), e037702. BMJ Publishing Group 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-037702

Valenzuela, Pedro L; Maffiuletti, Nicola A; Saner, Hugo Ernst; Schütz, Narayan; Rudin, Beatrice; Nef, Tobias; Urwyler, Prabitha (2020). Isometric Strength Measures are Superior to the Timed Up and Go Test for Fall Prediction in Older Adults: Results from a Prospective Cohort Study. Clinical interventions in aging, 15, pp. 2001-2008. Dovepress 10.2147/CIA.S276828

Montagnese, Marcella; Leptourgos, Pantelis; Fernyhough, Charles; Waters, Flavie; Larøi, Frank; Jardri, Renaud; McCarthy-Jones, Simon; Thomas, Neil; Dudley, Rob; Taylor, John-Paul; Collerton, Daniel; Urwyler, Prabitha (2020). A Review of Multimodal Hallucinations: Categorization, Assessment, Theoretical Perspectives, and Clinical Recommendations (In Press). Schizophrenia bulletin Oxford University Press 10.1093/schbul/sbaa101

Schütz, Narayan; Saner, Hugo; Botros, Angela; Urwyler, Prabitha; Buluschek, Philipp; du Pasquier, Guillaume; Nef, Tobias (2020). Potential of Ambient Sensor Systems for Early Detection of Health Problems in Older Adults. Frontiers in cardiovascular medicine, 7(110), p. 110. Frontiers 10.3389/fcvm.2020.00110

Nef, Tobias; Chesham, Alvin; Schütz, Narayan; Botros, Angela Amira; Vanbellingen, Tim; Burgunder, Jean-Marc; Müllner, Julia; Müri, René Martin; Urwyler, Prabitha (2020). Development and Evaluation of Maze-Like Puzzle Games to Assess Cognitive and Motor Function in Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases. Frontiers in aging neuroscience, 12(87), p. 87. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fnagi.2020.00087

O'Brien, John; Taylor, John Paul; Ballard, Clive; Barker, Roger A; Bradley, Clare; Burns, Alistair; Collerton, Daniel; Dave, Sonali; Dudley, Rob; Francis, Paul; Gibbons, Andrea; Harris, Kate; Lawrence, Vanessa; Leroi, Iracema; McKeith, Ian; Michaelides, Michel; Naik, Chaitali; O'Callaghan, Claire; Olsen, Kirsty; Onofrj, Marco; ... (2020). Visual hallucinations in neurological and ophthalmological disease: pathophysiology and management. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 91(5), pp. 512-519. BMJ Journals 10.1136/jnnp-2019-322702

Botros, Angela; Schütz, Narayan; Camenzind, Martin; Urwyler, Prabitha; Bolliger, Daniel; Vanbellingen, Tim; Kistler, Rolf; Bohlhalter, Stephan; Müri, René M.; Mosimann, Urs P.; Nef, Tobias (2019). Long-Term Home-Monitoring Sensor Technology in Patients with Parkinson's Disease-Acceptance and Adherence. Sensors, 19(23) Molecular Diversity Preservation International MDPI 10.3390/s19235169

Schütz, Narayan; Saner, Hugo; Rudin, Beatrice; Botros, Angela Amira; Pais, Bruno; Santschi, Valérie; Buluschek, Philipp; Gatica-Perez, Daniel; Urwyler, Prabitha; Marchal Crespo, Laura; Müri, René M.; Nef, Tobias (2019). Validity of pervasive computing based continuous physical activity assessment in community-dwelling old and oldest-old. Scientific Reports, 9(1), p. 9662. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/s41598-019-45733-8

Chesham, Alvin; Gerber, Stephan Moreno; Schütz, Narayan; Saner, Hugo Ernst; Gutbrod, Klemens; Müri, René Martin; Nef, Tobias; Urwyler, Prabitha (2019). Search and Match Task: Development of a Taskified Match-3 Puzzle Game to Assess and Practice Visual Search. JMIR Serious Games, 7(2), e13620. JMIR Publications 10.2196/13620

Paladini, Rebecca Elise; Wyss, Patric; Kaufmann, Brigitte C.; Urwyler, Prabitha; Nef, Tobias; Cazzoli, Dario; Nyffeler, Thomas; Müri, René M. (2019). Re-fixation and perseveration patterns in neglect patients during free visual exploration. European journal of neuroscience, 49(10), pp. 1244-1253. Blackwell Science 10.1111/ejn.14309

Gerber, Stephan Moreno; Schütz, Narayan; Uslu, Arif Sinan; Schmidt, Nadine; Röthlisberger, Carina; Wyss, Patric; Perny, Sandra; Wyss, Corina; Koenig-Bruhin, Monica; Urwyler, Prabitha; Nyffeler, Thomas; Marchal Crespo, Laura; Mosimann, Urs Peter; Müri, René Martin; Nef, Tobias (2019). Therapist-Guided Tablet-Based Telerehabilitation for Patients With Aphasia: Proof-of-Concept and Usability Study. JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies, 6(1), e13163. JMIR Publications 10.2196/13163

Scheurer, Simon; Koch, Janina; Kucera, Martin; Bryn, Hȧkon; Bärtschi, Marcel; Meerstetter, Tobias; Nef, Tobias; Urwyler, Prabitha (2019). Optimization and Technical Validation of the AIDE-MOI Fall Detection Algorithm in a Real-Life Setting with Older Adults. Sensors, 19(6) Molecular Diversity Preservation International MDPI 10.3390/s19061357

Thomas, Neil; Bless, Josef J; Alderson-Day, Ben; Bell, Imogen H; Cella, Matteo; Craig, Tom; Delespaul, Philippe; Hugdahl, Kenneth; Laloyaux, Julien; Larøi, Frank; Lincoln, Tania M; Schlier, Björn; Urwyler, Prabitha; van den Berg, David; Jardri, Renaud (2019). Potential Applications of Digital Technology in Assessment, Treatment, and Self-help for Hallucinations. Schizophrenia bulletin, 45(Supplement_1), pp. 32-42. Oxford University Press 10.1093/schbul/sby103

Dudley, R.; Aynsworth, C.; Mosimann, U.; Taylor, J-P.; Smailes, D.; Collerton, D.; McCarthy-Jones, S.; Urwyler, Prabitha (2019). A comparison of visual hallucinations across disorders. Psychiatry research, 272, pp. 86-92. Elsevier 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.12.052

Gerber, Stephan Moreno; Jeitziner, Marie-Madlen; Wyss, Patric; Chesham, Alvin; Urwyler, Prabitha; Müri, René Martin; Jakob, Stephan; Nef, Tobias (2017). Visuo-acoustic stimulation that helps you to relax: A virtual reality setup for patients in the intensive care unit. Scientific Reports, 7(1), pp. 1-10. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/s41598-017-13153-1

Urwyler, Prabitha; Stucki, Reto; Rampa, Luca; Müri, René Martin; Mosimann, Urs Peter; Nef, Tobias (2017). Cognitive impairment categorized in community-dwelling older adults with and without dementia using in-home sensors that recognise activities of daily living. Scientific Reports, 7(42084), p. 42084. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/srep42084

Urwyler, Prabitha; Nef, Tobias; Müri, René Martin; Archibald, Neil; Makin, Selina Margaret; Collerton, Daniel; Taylor, John-Paul; Burn, David; McKeith, Ian; Mosimann, Urs Peter (2016). Visual Hallucinations in Eye Disease and Lewy Body Disease. American journal of geriatric psychiatry, 24(5), pp. 350-358. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jagp.2015.10.007

Urwyler, Prabitha; Rampa, Luca; Stucki, Reto; Büchler, Marcel; Müri, René Martin; Mosimann, Urs Peter; Nef, Tobias (2015). Recognition of activities of daily living in healthy subjects using two ad-hoc classifiers. Biomedical engineering online, 14(54), p. 54. BioMed Central 10.1186/s12938-015-0050-4

Nef, Tobias; Urwyler, Prabitha; Büchler, Marcel; Tarnanas, Ioannis; Stucki, Reto; Cazzoli, Dario; Müri, René Martin; Mosimann, Urs Peter (2015). Evaluation of Three State-of-the-Art Classifiers for Recognition of Activities of Daily Living from Smart Home Ambient Data. Sensors, 15(5), pp. 11725-11740. Molecular Diversity Preservation International MDPI 10.3390/s150511725

Urwyler, Prabitha; Gruber, Nicole; Müri, René Martin; Jäger, Michael; Bieri, Rahel; Nyffeler, Thomas; Mosimann, Urs Peter; Nef, Tobias (2015). Age-dependent visual exploration during simulated day- and night driving on a motorway: a cross-sectional study. BMC Geriatrics, 15(18), p. 18. BioMed Central 10.1186/s12877-015-0015-2

Urwyler, Prabitha; Nef, Tobias; Müri, René Martin; Killen, Alison; Collerton, Daniel; Burn, David; McKeith, Ian; Mosimann, Urs Peter (2015). Patient and Informant Views on Visual Hallucinations in Parkinson Disease. American journal of geriatric psychiatry, 23(9), pp. 970-976. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jagp.2014.12.190

Urwyler, Prabitha; Pascual, Alfons; Müller, Bert; Schift, Helmut (2015). Ultraviolet–ozone surface cleaning of injection-molded, thermoplastic microcantilevers. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 132(18), p. 41922. Wiley Periodicals 10.1002/app.41922

Schift, Helmut; Urwyler, Prabitha; Kristiansen, Per Magnus; Gobrecht, Jens (2014). Nanoimprint lithography process chains for the fabrication of micro- and nanodevices. Journal of Micro-Nanolithography MEMS and MOEMS, 13(3), 031303. SPIE 10.1117/1.JMM.13.3.031303

Urwyler, Prabitha; Nef, Tobias; Killen, Alison; Collerton, Daniel; Thomas, Alan; Burn, David; McKeith, Ian; Mosimann, Urs Peter (2014). Visual complaints and visual hallucinations in Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism & related disorders, 20(3), pp. 318-322. Elsevier 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2013.12.009

Urwyler, Prabitha; Zhao, Xue; Pascual, Alfons; Schift, Helmut; Mueller, Bert (2014). Tailoring surface nanostructures on polyaryletherketones for load-bearing implants. European Journal of Nanomedicine, 61(1), pp. 37-46. De Gruyter 10.1515/ejnm-2014-0006

Gruber, Nicole; Müri, René Martin; Mosimann, Urs Peter; Bieri, Rahel; Aeschimann, Andrea; Zito, Giuseppe A.; Urwyler, Prabitha; Nyffeler, Thomas; Nef, Tobias (2014). Effects of age and eccentricity on visual target detection. Frontiers in aging neuroscience, 5(101), p. 101. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fnagi.2013.00101

Stucki, Reto A.; Urwyler, Prabitha; Rampa, Luca; Müri, René Martin; Mosimann, Urs Peter; Nef, Tobias (2014). A web-based non-intrusive ambient system to measure and classify activities of daily living. Journal of medical internet research, 16(7), e175. Centre of Global eHealth Innovation 10.2196/jmir.3465

Schift, Helmut; Urwyler, Prabitha; Kristiansen, Per Magnus (2013). Surface-patterned micromechanical elements by polymer injection molding with hybrid molds. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B, 31(6), 06FD01. AVS Publications 10.1116/1.4821649

Weiss, Florian M.; Zhao, Xue; Thalmann, Peter; Deyhle, Hans; Urwyler, Prabitha; Kovacs, Gabor; Müller, Bert (2013). Measuring the bending of asymmetric planar EAP structures. Proceedings of SPIE, 8687, 86871X. 10.1117/12.2009355

Urwyler, Prabitha; Pascual, Alfons; Kristiansen, Per Magnus; Gobrecht, Jens; Müller, Bert; Schift, Helmut (2013). Mechanical and Chemical Stability of Injection-Molded Microcantilevers Used for Sensing. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 127(4), pp. 2363-2370. Wiley Periodicals 10.1002/app.37767

Urwyler, Prabitha; Köser, J.; Schift, Helmut; Gobrecht, Jens; Müller, Bert (2012). Nano-mechanical transduction of polymer micro-cantilevers to detect bio-molecular interactions. Biointerphases, 7(1-4), p. 6. American Vacuum Society 10.1007/s13758-011-0006-6

Urwyler, Prabitha; Deyhle, Hans; Bunk, Olivier; Kristiansen, Per Magnus; Mueller, Bert (2012). Nanometer-size anisotropy of injection-molded polymer micro-cantilever arrays. Journal of applied physics, 111(10), p. 103530. American Institute of Physics 10.1063/1.4720942

Althaus, Jasmin; Urwyler, Prabitha; Padeste, Celestino; Heuberger, Roman; Deyhle, Hans; Schift, Helmut; Gobrecht, Jens; Pieles, Uwe; Scharnweber, Dieter; Peters, Kirsten; Mueller, Bert (2012). Micro- and nanostructured polymer substrates for biomedical applications. Proceedings of SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 8339, 83390Q. SPIE 10.1117/12.915235

Urwyler, Prabitha; Schift, Helmut; Gobrecht, Jens; Häfeli, Oskar; Altana, Mirco; Battiston, Felice; Mueller, Bert (2011). Surface patterned polymer micro-cantilever arrays for sensing. Sensors and Actuators A, 172(1), pp. 2-8. Elsevier 10.1016/j.sna.2010.12.007

Urwyler, Prabitha; Häfeli, Oskar; Schift, Helmut; Gobrecht, Jens; Battiston, Felice; Müller, Bert (2010). Disposable Polymeric Micro-Cantilever Arrays for Sensing. Procedia Engineering, 5, pp. 347-350. Elsevier 10.1016/j.proeng.2010.09.119

Conference or Workshop Item

Chesham, Alvin; Gerber, Stephan Moreno; Schütz, Narayan; Wyss, Patric; Urwyler, Prabitha; Gutbrod, Klemens; Müri, René Martin; Nef, Tobias (22 July 2018). PUZZLING THE MIND: EVALUATING THE DIFFICULTY OF GENERATED PUZZLE GAME LEVELS FOR A PUZZLE GAME INTERVENTION — PRELIMINARY RESULTS. Alzheimer's & dementia, 14(7, Suppl.), P284-P285. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jalz.2018.06.047

Rodgers, Griffin Fischer; Erskine, Daniel; McKieth, Ian; Taylor, John-Paul; Mueller, Bert; Biskis, Christos; Schulz, Georg; Kuo, Willy; Hieber, Simone; Urwyler, Prabitha (22 July 2018). FEASIBILITY STUDY OF SYNCHROTRON-BASED MICROTOMOGRAPHY TO IDENTIFY α-SYNUCLEIN OLIGOMERS IN POSTMORTEM TISSUE. Alzheimer's & dementia, 14(7, Suppl.), P310-P310. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jalz.2018.06.104

Urwyler, Prabitha; Murphy, Nicholas; Rodriguez, Luis Peraza; Killen, Alison; Thomas, Alan J.; Blamire, Andrew M.; Rochester, Lynn; Taylor, John-Paul (22 July 2018). INFLUENCE OF PRE-STIMULATION RHYTHMS ON PHOSPHENE PERCEPTION IN THE CONTEXT OF VISUAL HALLUCINATIONS. Alzheimer's & dementia, 14(7, Suppl.), P1557-P1558. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jalz.2018.07.107

Urwyler, Prabitha; Murphy, Nicholas; Firbank, Michael J.; Killen, Alison; Nef, Tobias; Müri, René Martin; Mosimann, Urs Peter; McKeith, Ian; Collerton, Daniel; Taylor, John-Paul (22 July 2018). PRELIMINARY VALIDATION OF THE NORTH-EAST VISUAL HALLUCINATION SCALE SEVERITY SCORE IN LEWY BODY DISEASES. Alzheimer's & dementia, 14(7, Suppl.), P1557-P1557. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jalz.2018.07.106

Gerber, Stephan Moreno; Müri, René Martin; Mosimann, Urs Peter; Nef, Tobias; Urwyler, Prabitha (July 2018). Virtual reality for activities of daily living training in neurorehabilitation: a usability and feasibility study in healthy participants. International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2018, pp. 1-4. IEEE 10.1109/EMBC.2018.8513003

Zito, Giuseppe Angelo; Gerber, Stephan Moreno; Urwyler, Prabitha; Shamsollahi, Mohammad Javad; Pal, Natassja; Benninger, David; Nef, Tobias (July 2018). Development and Pilot Testing of a Novel Electromechanical Device to Measure Wrist Rigidity in Parkinson’s Disease. International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2018, pp. 4885-4888. IEEE 10.1109/EMBC.2018.8513422

Urwyler, Prabitha; Stucki, Reto; Müri, René Martin; Mosimann, Urs Peter; Nef, Tobias (August 2015). Passive wireless sensor systems can recognize activites of daily living. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society conference proceedings, pp. 8042-8045. IEEE Service Center 10.1109/EMBC.2015.7320259

Urwyler, Prabitha; Zhao, Xue; Pascual, Alfons; Pieles, Uwe; Schift, Helmut; Müller, Bert (June 2013). Comparing physical properties of PEKK and PEEK. European cells & materials eCM, 26(Suppl. 4), p. 14. University of Wales

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