Invited Talk "Focus on the user: human factors, control, and human-robot interaction" by

Dr.-Ing. Philipp Beckerle, Chief Engineer, Deputy Director, Institute for Mechatronic Systems, TU Darmstadt, Germany

will take place on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 13:00 to 14:00 hours in Geb. 64, Ground Floor, Room Cook/Karp.

Host: Prof. Dr. Elmar Rückert,
Institute of Robotics and Cognitive Systems
University of Lübeck


Human factors play an important role in human-robot interaction and, especially, in wearable robotics. While such factors have been investigated in research and considered in application since decades, methodical approaches to integrate users in the design process and account for their demands continuously are scarce. Focusing on lower limb assistance, this talk proposes methods to determine and assess human factors as well as human-centered control methods and interaction techniques. Human-in-the-loop experiments are presented as an approach to understand fundamentals of user experience of the devices early in their development. As practical examples, the dimensioning of a powered prosthetic knee, fault-tolerant interaction with elastic actuators, and user-specific interaction with an adaptive prosthetic shank adapter are discussed and showcase how human factors might be considered in robot design.


Philipp Beckerle received his Dr.-Ing. in mechatronics from Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, in 2014. He is currently chief engineer and deputy head of the Institute for Mechatronic Systems at TU Darmstadt and heads 'Human-Mechatronics Synergy' research. As a TU Darmstadt 'Athene Young Investigator' he obtained the right to supervise doctoral students in 2017. His dissertation was awarded with the 'Manfred-Hirschvogel Award 2015' and the 'MINT Excellence PhD thesis award 2015' and he is recipient of the 'Eugen-Hartmann Award 2017'. He was visiting researcher at Robotics & Multibody Mechanics research group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Interactive Robotics Lab and Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab, Arizona State University, as well as Human Centered Robotics Group, University of Siena. Dr. Beckerle takes over review and editorial responsibilities for various international journals and conferences. His main research topics are human-machine-centered design, elastic actuation, wearable robotics control, and human-computer/robot interaction.