Martin Nelisse was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 1968. He received his master's degree in electrical engineering from Eindhoven Technical University in 1992. He joined TNO in Delft, the Netherlands in 1990 to work in the field of system architectures and communication protocols for distributed real-time embedded computer systems. In 2007 he joined the team of top-technologists within TNO Science & Industry. In 2009 he left TNO and worked as an innovater & embedded systems specialist for wireless sensor networks at Agis Automatisering. After that he worked as a system architect/engineer at Indes New Business in the area of active assistive devices. Since 2011 he is working as a system/software designer of medical instruments at the University Medical Center Utrecht.
His research interests include system architecture, hardware/software integration, communication protocols, field busses, wired & wireless networks, software/firmware design & development of device drivers, kernels and applications for microprocessors, microcontrollers and digital signal processors. He is involved in applying these techniques in areas like active-noise control, rehabilitation, data acquisition & presentation systems, industrial automation, automotive/telematics/fieldbus/GPS applications, ultrasound applications and wireless/intelligent sensor networks.
He is (co)author of three patents in the area of real-time object tracking & vehicle control and high accuracy data acquisition synchronization in wireless sensor networks.
He was active in several EU projects and contributed to an ISO working group standardising a general-purpose integrated and modular architecture and communication protocol for the rehabilitation environment called M3S. He contributed to a breadbord solution as a base for the first PC-based copiers for Oce (on-site activity in Venlo, NL). He was involved in a national program for Prognostics & Health Management activities for the JSF airplane at the Boeing Company (on-site activity in Seattle, USA). After this he was involved in several automotive projects dealing with in-vehicle bus systems, inter-vehicle communication and vehicle telematics. Followed by several projects using ultrasonic techniques for underwater communication and flow measurements. In 2004 he was part of the team, which achieved a world-record stitched digital photo of 2.5 GPixels. Since 2006 he is involved in projects dealing with wireless/intelligent sensor networks. He contributed to the SensOor project of AGIS Automotisering (on-site activity in Harmelen, NL), which received 4 awards ('WTC Landbouw Award voor de beste noviteit', 'Boerderij Award voor de veehouderij', 'Boerderij Award publieks prijs, 'Boerderij vakjury Award') at the Agricultural Trade Fair in 2007, the winner of the Dutch 'Hermand Wijffels' Innovatie Prijs in 2008 and the first prize of the MKB Innovatie Top 100 in 2009. In 2009 and 2010 he has been working in the area of active assistive devices; devices which give additional support to care-givers to make sure their work does not become too physically demanding or to help persons in need to stay independant for longer periods of time or keep/extend their mobility. He contributed to an E-bike kit for Flexaim, Utopia Velo and Van Raam. The Twade Reevo Technology E-bike kit (for Flexaim) received an honorable mention for product design at the reddot design awards 2010, received in 2010 a Golden Eurobike Award at the EUROBIKE international bike fair in Friedrichshafen and the eleventh prize of the MKB Innovatie Top 100 in 2011. He was also involved at Indes in designing the system architecture of a pushrim activated power-assist kit that can be added to a manual wheelchair: the Wheeldrive. This received a Red Dot Award in 2013 in the category ‘life science and medicine'. Since 2011 he is involved in clinical & research projects in the area of medical devices and health care.
His personal interests include travelling, outdoor sports (mountaineering, trekking, orientation runs), biking (race/MTB), swimming, photography, reading and Scouting.