Philippe LEFEVRE, PhD

Full Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Université catholique de Louvain

Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Electronics and Applied Mathematics (ICTEAM) and Institute of Neuroscience (IoNS)
Avenue Georges Lemaître 4, bte L4.05.01
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Phone: +32 10 47 23 82
Fax: +32 10 47 21 80
Directions: GPS coordinates : 50.66929, 4.624458
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  • Temporary hold due to Covid-19


  • Conference by Stephen Redmond (University College Dublin) "Design of tactile sensors for robotic and prosthetic grippers inspired by human touch". January 9th, 2020 at 12:00, Maisin auditorium, UCLouvain, Brussels click here
  • Symposium in honour of Jean-Louis Thonnard. September 20th, 2019 from 9:30 to 16h30, Gerty CORY auditorium, UCLouvain, Brussels click here


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  • 2018-2019: Visiting Professor (sabbatical), Queen's University, Kingston
  • 2014-2015: Vice-President, ICTEAM institute
  • 2011- : Full Professor, Biomedical Engineering, UCLouvain
  • 2010-2015: Head of the Department of Mathematical Engineering
  • 2007-2012: Chair, Program committee in Biomedical Engineering
  • 2006-2011 : Professor, UCLouvain
  • 2003-2004: Visiting Scientist (sabbatical), National Eye Institute, NIH, Bethesda
  • 1997- 2006: Research Associate, FNRS.
  • 1995-1997: Postdoctoral fellow, Lab. of Sensorimotor Res., NEI, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD, USA.
  • 1993-1995: Postdoctoral Researcher, FNRS, CESAME, UCLouvain, Belgium.
  • 1992: PhD in Biomedical Engineering, CESAME, UCLouvain, Belgium
  • 1990-1991: PhD student, Dept. Biomed. Eng., McGill Univ., Canada
  • 1983-1988: Electrical Engineer, UCLouvain, Belgium.


  • Interaction between vision and the neural control of movement.
  • Modeling of the oculomotor and motor systems.
  • Experimental and clinical study of eye and head movements.
  • Eye-Hand coordination.
  • Biomechanics of finger object interaction.



  • Perception and action in complex dynamic environments. 
  • Experimental and theoretical study of the interaction between saccades and smooth pursuit eye movements. 
  • The role of prediction and anticipation in smooth pursuit and saccade programming.
  • Bimanual coordination in motor control.
  • The interaction between haptic and visual information in eye-hand coordination.
  • The role of finger pad mechanics in tactile perception and dexterous object manipulation.
  • Eye movements in patients (amblyopia, Duane, ...).
  • Eye movements in cerebral palsied and premature children (JED).
  • Influence of micro-gravity on dexterous manipulation (ESA):
  • Micro-gravity and object manipulation: a scientific adventure (émission "Matière Grise", in French): click on "play" below.




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  • El Khoury G, Penta M, Barbier O, Libouton X, Thonnard JL, Lefèvre P (2021).  Recognizing manual activities using wearable inertial measurement units: clinical application for outcome measurement. Sensors, in press
  • Delhaye BP, Jarocka E, Barrea A, Thonnard JL, Edin BB, Lefèvre P (2021). High-resolution imaging of skin deformation shows that afferents from human fingertips signal slip onset. eLife, in press.

  • De Comite A, Crevecoeur F, Lefèvre P (2021). Online modification of goal-directed control in human reaching movements. Journal of Neurophysiology, in press.

  • Opsomer L, Crevecoeur F, Thonnard JL, McIntyre J, Lefèvre P (2021). Distinct adaptation patterns between grip dynamics and arm kinematics when the body is upside-down. Journal of Neurophysiology, in press.

  • Lefèvre P (2021). Want to win a bowling game? Beware of even one glass of alcohol! Journal of Physiology, 599.4 (2021), 1017-1018.
  • Coutinho JD, Lefèvre P, Blohm G (2020). Confidence in predicted position error explains saccadic decisions during pursuit. Journal of Neurophysiology, in press.
  • El Khoury G, Barbier O, Libouton X, Thonnard JL, Lefèvre P, Penta M (2020). Manual ability in hand surgery patients: validation of the ABILHAND scale in four diagnostic groups. PLoS ONE 15(12): e0242625.
  • Mathew J, Lefèvre P, Crevecoeur F (2020). Rapid changes in movement representations during human reaching could be preserved in memory for at least 850ms. eNeuro, 7(6) ENEURO.0266-20.2020 1–11.
  • Deravet N, Orban de Xivry JJ, Ivanoiu A, Bier JC, Segers K, Yüksel D, Lefèvre P (2020). Frontotemporal dementia patients exhibit deficits in predictive saccades. Journal of Computational Neuroscience,
  • Hemptinne C, Deravet N, Orban de Xivry JJ, Lefèvre P, Yüksel D (2020). Influence of prior and visual information on eye movements in amblyopic children. Journal of Computational Neuroscience,
  • Thonnard JL, Opsomer L, Lefèvre P, Pletser V, McIntyre J. GRIP: Dexterous Manipulation of Objects in Weightlessness. Preparation of Space Experiments, Vladimir Pletser, IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.93462.
  • Crevecoeur F, Mathew J, Bastin M, Lefèvre P (2020). Feedback adaptation to unpredictable force fields in 250ms. eNeuro, 7(2) ENEURO.0400-19.2020 1–13.
  • Ozdamar I, Alipour MR, Delhaye BP, Lefèvre P, Basdogan C (2020). Step-change in friction under electovibration. IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 13(1), 137-143.
  • Crevecoeur F, Thonnard JL, Lefèvre P (2020). A very fast time scale of human motor adaptation: within movement adjustments of internal representations during reaching. eNeuro, 7(1) ENEURO.0149-19.2019 1-16.
  • Ego C, Coppe S, Lefèvre P (2019). Eye movements play a key role in complex rolling motor tasks. SpagBowl Bulletin (133): 135-150.
  • Nachmani O, Coutinho J, Khan AZ, Lefèvre P, Blohm G (2019). Predicted position error triggers catch-up saccades during sustained pursuit. eNeuro, 7(1) ENEURO.0196-18.2019 1-22..
  • Murdison TS, Leclercq G, Lefèvre P, Blohm G (2019). Mis-perception of motion in depth originates from an incomplete transformation of retinal signals. Journal of Vision, 19(12):21, 1-15.
  • Kuling I, Salmen F, Lefèvre P (2019). Grip force preparation for collisions. Experimental Brain Research, 237(10), 2585-2594.
  • Sirin O, Barrea A, Lefèvre P, Thonnard JL, Basdogan C (2019). Fingerpad contact evoluation under electrovibration. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 16: 20190166.
  • Deravet N, Yüksel D, Orban de Xivry JJ, Lefèvre P (2019). Integration of past and current visual information during eye movements in amblyopia. Progress in Brain Research, 248, 45-63.
  • Verfaille C, Filbrich L, Cordova Bulens D, Lefèvre P, Berquin A, Barbier O, Libouton X, Fraselle V, Mouraux D, Legrain V (2019). Robot-assisted line bisection in patients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. PloS one 14(5), e0213732.
  • Opsomer L, Théate V, Lefèvre P, Thonnard JL (2018). Dexterous manipulation during rhythmic arm movements in Mars, Moon and micro-gravity. Frontiers in Physiology, DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2018.00938.
  • Barrea A, Delhaye B, Lefèvre P, Thonnard JL (2018). Perception of partial slips under tangential loading of the fingertip. Scientific Reports, 8:7032 | DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-25226-w.
  • Deravet N, Blohm G, Orban de Xivry JJ, Lefèvre P (2018). Weighted integration of short term memory and sensory signals in the oculomotor system. Journal of Vision, 18(5):16, 1-19.
  • White O, Thonnard JL, Lefèvre P, Hermsdörfer J (2018). Grip Force adjustments reflect prediction of dynamic consequences in varying gravitoinertial fields. Frontiers in Physiology, DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2018.00131.
  • Cordova Bulens D, Crevecoeur F, Thonnard JL, Lefèvre P (2018). Optimal use of limb mechanics distributes control during bimanual tasks. Journal of Neurophysiology, 119:921-932.
  • Crevecoeur F, André T, Thonnard JL, Lefèvre P (2017). Supremacy of mature over juvenile primates in high precision motor control. Experimental Bowling Research, 166(172):207-246.
  • Crevecoeur F, Barrea A, Libouton X, Thonnard JL, Lefèvre P (2017). Multisensory Components of Rapid Motor Responses to Fingertip Loading. Journal of Neurophysiology, 118:331-343.

  • Orban de Xivry JJ, Legrain V, Lefèvre P (2017). Overlap of movement planning and movement execution reduces reaction time. Journal of Neurophysiology, 117:117-122.

  • Orban de Xivry JJ, Lefèvre P (2016). A switching cost for motor planning. Journal of Neurophysiology, 116:2857-2868.

  • Barrea A, Córdova Bullens D, Lefèvre P, Thonnard JL (2016). Simple and reliable method to estimate the fingertip static coefficient of friction in precision grip. IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 9(4):492-498.

  • Ego C, Bonhomme L, Orban de Xivry JJ, Da Fonseca D, Lefèvre P, Masson GS, Deruelle C (2016). Behavioral characterization of prediction and internal models in adolescents with autistic spectrum disorders. Neuropsychologia, 91:335-345.
  • Crevecoeur F, Thonnard JL, Lefèvre P, Scott SH (2016). Long-latency feedback coordinates upper-limb and hand muscles during object manipulation tasks. eNeuro, 3(1), 0129-15.2016.
  • Delhaye B, Barrea A, Edin BB, Lefèvre P, Thonnard JL (2016). Surface strain measurements of fingertip skin under shearing. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 13 (115), 20150874.
  • Ego C, Yüksel D, Orban de Xivry JJ, Lefèvre P (2016). Development of internal models and predictive abilities for visual tracking during childhood. Journal of Neurophysiology, 115:301-309.
  • Giard T, Crevecoeur F, McIntyre J, Thonnard JL, Lefèvre P (2015). Inertial torque during reaching directly impacts grip-force adaptation to weightless objects. Experimental Brain Research, 233:3323-3332.
  • Orban de Xivry JJ, Lefèvre P (2015). Formation of model-free motor memories during motor adaptation depends on perturbation schedule. Journal of Neurophysiology, 113: 2733–2741.
  • Murdison TS, Leclercq G, Lefèvre P, Blohm G (2015). Computations underlying the visuomotor transformation for smooth pursuit eye movements. Journal of Neurophysiology, 113:1377-1399.
  • Van Belle G, Lefèvre P, Rossion B (2015). Face inversion and acquired prosopagnosia reduce the size of the perceptual field of view. Cognition, 136:403-408.
  • Ego C, Orban de Xivry JJ, Nassogne MC, Yüksel D, Lefèvre P (2015). Spontaneous improvement in oculomotor function of children with cerebral palsy. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 36:630-644.
  • Delhaye B, Lefèvre P, Thonnard JL (2014). Dynamics of fingertip contact during the onset of tangential slip. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 11: 20140698.
  • Daye PM, Optican LM, Blohm G, Lefèvre P (2014). Hierarchical control of two-dimensional gaze saccades. Journal of Computational Neuroscience, 36:355-382.
  • Crevecoeur F, McIntyre J, Thonnard JL, Lefèvre P (2014). Gravity-dependent estimates of object mass underlie the generation of motor commands for horizontal limb movements. Journal of Neurophysiology, 112:384-392.

  • Daye P, Blohm G, Lefèvre P (2014). Catch-up saccades in head-unrestrained conditions reveal that saccade amplitude is corrected using an internal model of target movement. Journal of Vision, 14(1):12, 1-18.

  • Orban de Xivry JJ, Coppe S, Blohm G, Lefèvre P (2013). Kalman filtering naturally accounts for visually-guided and predictive smooth pursuit dynamics. Journal of Neuroscience, 33:17301-17313.
  • Leclercq G, Blohm G, Lefèvre P (2013). Accounting for direction and speed of the eye motion in planning visually guided manual tracking. Journal of Neurophysiology, 110:1945-1957,
  • Ego C, Orban de Xivry JJ, Nassogne MC, Yüksel D, Lefèvre P (2013). The saccadic system does not compensate for the immaturity of the
    smooth pursuit system during visual tracking in children. Journal of Neurophysiology, 110:358-367.
  • Leclercq G, Lefèvre P, Blohm G (2013). 3D kinematics using dual quaternions: theory and applications in neuroscience. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, DOI: 10.3389/fnbeh.2013.00007.
  • Adams MJ, Johnson SA, Lefèvre P, Lévesque V, Hayward V, André T, Thonnard JL (2013). Finger pad friction and its role in grip and touch. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 10: 20120467.
  • de Hemptinne C, Ivanoiu A, Lefèvre P, Missal M (2013). How does Parkinson's disease and aging affect temporal expectation and the implicit timing of eye movements? Neuropsychologia, 51:340–348.
  • Daye PM, Blohm G, Lefèvre P (2012). Target motion direction influence on tracking performance and head tracking strategies in head-unrestrained conditions. Journal of Vision, 12(1):23, 1-12.
  • Badler JB, Lefèvre P, Missal M (2012). Divergence between oculomotor and perceptual causality. Journal of Vision, 12(5):3,1-15.
  • Leclercq G, Blohm G, Lefèvre P (2012). Accurate planning of manual tracking requires a 3D visuomotor transformation of velocity signals. Journal of Vision, 12(5):6, 1-21.
  • Delhaye B, Hayward V, Lefèvre P, Thonnard JL (2012). Texture-induced vibrations in the forearm during tactile exploration. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, DOI: 10.3389/fnbeh.2012.00037.
  • White O, Lefèvre P, Wing AM, Bracewell RM, Thonnard JL (2012). Active collisions in altered gravity reveal eye-hand coordination strategies. PLoS ONE, 7(9): e44291.
  • Coppe S, Orban de Xivry JJ, Yüksel D, Ivanoiu A, Lefèvre P (2012). Dramatic impairment of prediction due to frontal lobe degeneration. Journal of Neurophysiology, 108:2957-2966.
  • Crevecoeur F, Sepulchre RJ, Thonnard JL, Lefèvre P (2011). Improving the state estimation for optimal control of stochastic processes subject to multiplicative noise. Automatica, 47, 591–596.
  • André T, Lévesque V, Hayward V, Lefèvre P, Thonnard JL (2011). Effect of skin hydration on the dynamics of fingertip gripping contact. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 8(64):1574-83.
  • White O, Thonnard JL, Wing AM, Bracewell RM, Diedrichsen J, Lefèvre P (2011). Grip force regulates hand impedance to optimize object stability in high impact loads. Neuroscience, 189, 269–276.
  • Van Belle G, Busigny T, Lefèvre P, Joubert S, Felician O, Gentile F, 
    Rossion B (2011). Impairment of holistic face perception following 
    right occipito-temporal damage in prosopagnosia: converging evidence 
    from gaze-contingency. Neuropsychologia, 

  • Crevecoeur F, Giard T, Thonnard JL, Lefèvre P (2011). Adaptive control of grip force to compensate for static and dynamic torques during object manipulation. Journal of Neurophysiology, 106:2973-2981.
  • Cirilli L, de Timary P, Lefèvre P, Missal M (2011). Individual differences in impulsivity predict anticipatory eye movements. PLoS ONE, 6(10): e26699.
  • André T, Lefèvre P, Thonnard JL (2010). Fingertip moisture is optimally modulated during object manipulation. Journal of Neurophysiology, 103, 402-408.
  • Daye PM, Blohm G, Lefèvre P (2010). Saccadic compensation for smooth eye and head movements during head-unrestrained 2D tracking. Journal of Neurophysiology, 103, 543-556.
  • Orban de Xivry JJ, Coppe S, Lefèvre P, Missal M (2010). Biological motion drives perception and action. Journal of Vision, 10(2):6, 1-11.
  • Van Belle G, de Graef P, Verfaillie K, Rossion B, Lefèvre P (2010). Face inversion impairs holistic perception: evidence from gaze-contingent stimulation. Journal of Vision, 10(5):10, 1-13.
  • Bennett SJ, Orban de Xivry JJ, Lefèvre P, Barnes GR (2010). Oculomotor prediction of accelerative target motion during occlusion: long-term and short-term effects. Experimental Brain Research, 204, 493-504.
  • Van Belle G, Ramon M, Lefèvre P, Rossion B (2010). Fixation patterns during recognition of personally familiar and unfamiliar faces. Frontiers in Psychology, 1(20):1-8.
  • Crevecoeur F, McIntyre J, Thonnard JL, Lefèvre P (2010). Movement stability under uncertain internal models of dynamics. Journal of Neurophysiology, 104, 1301-1313.  
  • Crevecoeur F, Thonnard JL, Lefèvre P (2010). Sensorimotor mapping for anticipatory grip force modulation. Journal of Neurophysiology, 104, 1401-1408.
  • Badler JB, Lefèvre P, Missal M (2010). Causality attribution biases oculomotor responses. Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 10517-10525
  • Coppe S, Orban de Xivry JJ, Missal M, Lefèvre P (2010). Biological motion influences the visuomotor transformation for smooth pursuit eye movements. Vision Research, 50, 2721-2728.
  • Blohm G, Lefèvre P (2010). Visuomotor velocity transformations for smooth pursuit eye movements. Journal of Neurophysiology, 104, 2103–2115.
  • Van Belle G, Lefèvre P, Laguesse R, Busigny T, de Graef P, Verfaillie, K, Rossion B (2010). Feature-based processing of personally familiar faces in prosopagnosia: Evidence from eye-gaze contingency. Behavioural Neurology, 23, 255-257.
  • Yüksel D, Orban de Xivry JJ, Lefèvre P (2010). Review of the major findings about Duane Retraction Syndrome (DRS) leading to an updated form of classification. Vision Research, 50, 2334-2347.
  • Khan AZ, Lefèvre P, Heinen SJ, Blohm G (2010). The default allocation of attention is broadly ahead of smooth pursuit. Journal of Vision, 10(13):7, 1-17.




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  • Alexandre J.F. Coimbra obtained his PhD in 1999. He is currently working at Merck & co. (West Point, PA).
  • Sophie de Brower obtained her PhD in 2001. She is currently working for Socar Research, a clinical research company.
  • Gunnar Blohm obtained his PhD in 2004. He obtained a Marie Curie Fellowship and did a Postdoc at York University with Doug Crawford. He is currently Associate Professor at Queen's University (Kingston, Canada).
  • Renaud Ronsse obtained his PhD in 2007. He did a first postdoc in the lab of Stephan Swinnen (KULeuven, Belgium) and a second postdoc in the lab of Auke Ijspeert (Biorobotics Lab., EPFL). Renaud is now Associate Professor at UCLouvain (iMMC) since 2011.
  • Olivier White obtained his PhD in 2007. He did a postdoc in the lab of Jörn Diedrichsen (Bangor, UK). He worked for the European Science Foundation (ESF) and is now Associate Professor at the Université de Bourgogne (Dijon).
  • Jean-Jacques Orban de Xivry obtained his PhD in 2007. He did a postdoc in the lab of Reza Shadmehr (JHU, USA) and then obtained a fellowship from IRSIB ("Brains Back to Brussels" program) in my lab. He is now Assistant Professor at KULeuven (since 2014).
  • Demet Yuksel obtained her PhD in 2009. She is currently the head of the strabology unit at St Luc Hospital and professor (UCLouvain, Belgium).
  • Frédéric Crevecoeur obtained his PhD in 2010. He did a postdoc in the lab of Steve Scott (Queen's University, Kingston, Canada). He is now Research Associate (FNRS) and Assistant Professor at UCLouvain (ICTEAM/INMA and IoNS/COSY) since 2017.
  • Thibaut André obtained his PhD in 2010. He worked for Arsalis (a spin-off of UCLouvain) and is currently working for Thales Alenia Space.
  • Pierre Daye obtained his PhD in 2010. He did a postdoc at the National Eye Institute and a second postdoc in Paris. He then worked as a research expert for IBA. He created a start-up in 2020 (pcube-lab).
  • Jeremy Badler obtained his PhD in 2011. He is currently Lab Manager at Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (Tuebingen).
  • Guillaume Leclercq obtained his PhD in 2013. He is currently working for N'Side company.
  • Sébastien Coppe obtained his PhD in 2012. He is currently working for N'Side company.
  • Goedele Van Belle did a Post Doc in 2009-2014 (co-supervision: Dr Bruno Rossion, Chargée de recherches FNRS, UCLouvain). 
  • Benoit Delhaye obtained his PhD in 2014. He did a postdoc with Sliman Bensmaia (Univ. Chicago) and is currently postdoctoral fellow (FNRS) in my group.
  • Caroline Ego obtained her PhD in 2015. She is currently working as s biostatistician for GSK.
  • Thibault Giard obtained his PhD in 2016.
  • Vincent Théate worked as an engineer from 2009 to 2016 to prepare the GRIP experiment funded by ESA (launched to the ISS in 2016). He is currently project manager for Thales Alenia Space.
  • Allan Barrea obtained his PhD in 2017.
  • David Cordova obtained his PhD in 2017. He is currently doing a postdoc with Stephen Redmond at Trinity College, Dublin.
  • Nicolas Deravet obtained his PhD in 2019.
  • Irene Kuling did a 15 months postdoc in my group in 2017-2018 (Rubicon grant from NWO, The Netherlands). She is currently Assistant Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology.
  • James Mathew is currently doing a postdoc in my group.
  • Laurent Opsomer started his PhD in 2016. Félicien Schiltz, Antoine De Comité and Ghady El Khoury started their PhD in 2017. Coraline Hemptinne started her PhD in 2019. Lise Colmant started her PhD in 2020.