Symposium Organizer

About the organizer

Manish Sreenivasa is a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Optimization in Robotics & Biomechanics, Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing, Heidelberg University. His research background lies in the fields of computational biomechanics, human psychophysics and humanoid robotics. His current work involves the use of neuromechanical models and predictive simulations to study healthy and pathological gait.

[Link to research webpage]

About the Optimization in Robotics & Biomechanics (ORB) research group

The ORB research group, headed by Prof. Katja Mombaur, focuses on the modeling, optimization and simulation of dynamic motions of anthropomorphic systems, i.e. humans, humanoid robots, and virtual human characters. Of particular interest is the application and development of efficient numerical optimal control,┬áinverse optimal control and non-smooth optimization techniques for complex hybrid dynamical system models. The group’s research projects include the generation of fast human-like running, jumping and diving motions, the stability optimization of human and robot motions, the study of pathological gait in orthopedics, as well the identification of underlying objective functions of human motions in different situations. Also of interest is the study of artistic and emotional aspects of dynamic motions and the processes related to cognition and orientation during locomotion. ORB’s interdisciplinary research focus creates bridges between scientific computing and many other disciplines, such as robotics, engineering, biomechanics, orthopedics, sports, computer graphics, and cognitive sciences.

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