Summer School

Interdisciplinary Summer School

Humans in Motion – Der Mensch in Bewegung
Perspectives from Sciences, technology and Humanities
23 – 28 September, 2018
at Heidelberg University, Germany
organized by the Heidelberg Center for Motion Research (HCMR) and Marsilius Kolleg


Human Motion is investigated within various scientific fields, such as Biomechanics, Sports Science, Robotics, Psychology, Philosophy, Medicine, Mathematics & Computer Science. The Summer School aims at bringing together junior and senior scientists from these fields to study and discuss their mutual methodology to create synergies and establish an interdisciplinary view on the matter. It is designed to give students at advanced MSc and PhD level as well as young PostDocs an insight on different approaches used for acquisition and analysis of human motion as well as on the theoretical background of motion and embodiment in general.

Topics will include:

  • Acquisition, representation and quantitive analysis of human motion
  • Dynamic modeling of anthropomorphic systems
  • Offline and online optimal control methods for human motion analysis
  • Phenomenology of living motion
  • The role of motion in psychotherapy
  • Movement and meaning / spatial embodiment
  • Quantitative assessment of movement in sports science
  • The role of pain in human motion
  • Mathematical modeling of neural and muscle activity
  • Motion perception in infants and their neurological foundations

The program can be found here.


Confirmed speakers are:

  • Francesco Nori (Public Keynote), Head of Robotics, Google DeepMind
  • Robin Bekrater-Bodmann, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim
  • Markus Buchner, Motion and Training group, Institute for Sports Science, Heidelberg University
  • Herta Flor, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim
  • Thomas Fuchs, Philosophical Foundations of Psychiatry, Heidelberg University
  • Klaus Hauer, Geriatrical Center Bethanien, University Hospital Heidelberg
  • Sabine Koch, Empirical research in Artistic Therapy Group, SRH Hochschule Heidelberg
  • Matthew Millard, Optimization, Robotics and Biomechanics Group, ZITI, Heidelberg University
  • Katja Mombaur, Optimization, Robotics and Biomechanics Group, ZITI, Heidelberg University
  • Sabina Pauen, Developmental Psychology Group, Department of Psychology, Heidelberg University
  • Johannes P. Schlöder, Simulation and Optimization Group, IWR, Heidelberg University
  • Knut Schnell, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Asklepios Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Göttingen


The school will include lectures, tutorials, computer exercises, a poster session for the participants and free time slots for individual scientific exchange among the participants and speakers. The registration fee of EUR 300 includes accommodation from September 23 to September 29 in twin rooms, all meals except dinner on the two free evenings and the conference dinner at the Heidelberg castle. Depending on availability, single rooms can be provided for a surcharge. For students from institutions with no funding possibility, the participation fee can be reduced upon application in a very limited number of cases. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Marsilius Kolleg and the Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences.


The school is open to PhD students and senior MSc students as well as young PostDocs. Due to space availability limitations, the applicants will be selected based on their application. Interested students are invited to submit a short application including a letter of motivation, an abstract (1000 words) for the poster session and a CV here:


Deadline for application: June 25, 2018
Extended deadline for application: July 06, 2018


Alexander Schubert
Katja Mombaur
Optimization, Robotics & Biomechanics (ORB), Institute of Computer Engineering (ZITI), Heidelberg University